Banish Boring Beige with Take-Notice Kitchen Designs

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Looking to refresh your kitchen? Ditch the stainless steel appliances and endless rows of vanilla cabinets. Instead, join the latest kitchen trend – using color, color and more color!

Increasingly, homeowners are spicing up their kitchens and adding personality by incorporating vibrant, fun hues. Check out this basement kitchen design with a classic diner feel. The nostalgic look – anchored by retro appliances in rich royal blue – serves up design elements such as beveled-edged countertops, soda fountain style barstools, checkered tile and plenty of shiny chrome accents. Anyone else craving a root beer float?

Don’t know where to start with your kitchen design? The first step is to pick a theme. The homeowners who brought to life the kitchen below went with a colorful 60s vibe. The retro-inspired appliances in Robin’s Egg Blue, butcher-block countertops, vintage style lighting and psychedelic accent wall definitely make a statement, earning this kitchen the highest marks for originality – and personality.

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Once you have a theme in mind, select your appliances. They will serve as the foundation for the kitchen and can help guide the rest of your design. Nadia G, actor, chef and punk singer, really knows how to show off her rockin’ personality in the kitchen created for her Cooking Channel show, Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen. The expressive design highlights retro style appliances in Candy Red paired with unexpected elements such as a zebra-print floor, “upholstered” cabinets and an extra helping of rivets and metal hardware.

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Finally, pick out some accents to complement the appliances and realize your vision. Some of the best pieces can be found at local antique markets or thrift stores. Add a few quirky touches – or many, as seen in this eclectic kitchen – to show off your personality. Here, a bubble gum pink, 1890s-inspired stove is surrounded by blocks of green, blue, orange, yellow and more pink, while funky knick-knacks such as a replica VW Bug, vintage cookie jars and a ‘teacup’ chandelier add a whimsical feel to the space.

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Though your style might not be as bold as this homeowner’s, it’s easy to create a kitchen that showcases your personal design aesthetic. Just remember to pick a theme, select appliances, and then add fun touches to round out the design. The only limit is your imagination!

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