We write a lot about trends for the kitchen, because we want you to know what’s out there, and seeing beautiful and new ideas is fun. But the truth, of course, is that you don’t really want your kitchen to be trendy. You want your kitchen to be timeless, because remodeling your kitchen (or even repainting your cabinets) is a lot harder than changing out the linens on your bed. So here’s good news if you long for a little color in the kitchen: pastels are a trend that might not be a trend at all.
When I first started writing for Apartment Therapy, I wrote a series of posts highlighting various pastels, and more than five years later those soft, candy colors are still going strong. Last year I explored the phenomenon of pastels in the kitchen, and this year we’re back with even more soft, subtly colored spaces. Feast your eyes.
The kitchen of this London home, a design of 2 Lovely Gays, features modern cabinets with minimal detailing in beautiful baby blue. Pastels are a great way to add a little color and personality to the kitchen without going for anything too extreme.
The subtle lilac cabinets add just a touch of color to this Parisian kitchen from The Style Files — and tie the room in with the soft, pastel color scheme of the rest of the apartment.
There’s more colorblocking in this kitchen from Steve Baldini Architecture, which pairs green cabinets and a pale pink island with bold, graphic floor tile.
Featured on Houzz, here’s a Swedish kitchen with cabinets in a beautiful ice blue. I love the contrast that the black pulls create.
Buttercup yellow adds a touch of warmth to this British kitchen from deVOL.
In this Swedish kitchen from Nooks, seafoam cabinets pair beautifully with brass pulls and a brass faucet.
All the kitchens we’ve featured thus far have pastel cabinets, but this petite Paris kitchen from The Everygirl achieves the look with a pale blue Smeg, which is equally charming.
And if painting (or replacing) your cabinets, or your refrigerator, is a bit too much of a commitment for you, you can still bring a bit of soft color into your kitchen with pastel dishes, like the ones in this kitchen from Sugar & Cloth. (If you don’t have open cabinets your colorful dishes might be a little less prominent, but you’ll still know they’re there.)