Trend Spotting: Colorblocking in the Kitchen

Colorblocking, which has been a trend in fashion and in home decor for quite some time now, has finally made its way to the kitchen, and I, for one, could not be more excited. Any kind of color in the kitchen is welcome, of course, but there’s something especially appealing about these playful panes of color coming together. Here are a few of my favorite examples.

The German design group Dries Otten has really perfected the look, bringing just the right amount of color to a space to create a sense of playfulness without being overwhelming. In this project, a green countertop surrounding the sink contrasts with a bank of blue cabinets above, and the beech tone of the rest of the cabinets ensures that the kitchen still has a calm, minimal feel.

I’m a huge fan of pastels, and also a huge fan of this kitchen from Bolig, via Nordic Design, where light blue and light light blue come together in the middle of a bank of cabinets.

Pink and green are soft and sophisticated in this kitchen from Steve Baldini Architecture. The boldly patterned cement floor tiles provide a nice contrast to the ice cream shades of the cabinets.

Here’s another kitchen by Dries Otten, with planes of color playing against a backdrop of white and exposed plywood, which brings in a little texture.

In this kitchen by Australian designer Fiona Lynch (via Contemporist), the colorblocking is a bit more subtle, bringing together grey lower cabinets, mint green uppers, and a white island. The marble is a nice finishing touch, bringing everything together with a bit of texture.

Here’s one more from Dries Otten, where the colorblocking happens not just in the cabinets but on the countertops, too. The square tile backsplash, articulated with dark grout, gives the kitchen a bit of an 80s vibe.

The teal-on-mint pairing of this kitchen from Bonytt might be my favorite combo of all. The pulls and cabinet fronts are from Superfront, and the cabinets themselves are from IKEA. Getting this look could be as simple as replacing the door to your existing cabinets — or just painting them yourself.

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