Top tips on how to use red to spice up your kitchen

Other than implementing red into the bathroom, Creative director for Bright Designs, Maria Gratsova, encourages people to use the colour as an exciting contrast in the kitchen. She says: “Homeowners can struggle with its intensity, worry that they will tire of it too soon, or simply not know how and where to introduce it. Unless you intend to make a bold statement, red is the sort of decor element that falls into the ‘a little goes a long way’ category.”

So here are Maria’s tips on adding a little red into the kitchen…

Err on the side of caution

“The overall scale of the space in question is much larger in case of a kitchen compared to a bathroom, but again it makes sense to consider red in the broader context of the scheme,” advises Maria. “With changing tastes and practical requirements, contemporary kitchen cabinet doors now cover expansive vertical surfaces. I once viewed a property that had an immense new kitchen in place (gloss red in its entirety). Nothing wrong with the finish as such, but the amount was just overwhelming.”

Tone it up

“Two-tone is an increasingly popular look in the kitchen, and it need not solely manifest itself as one colour on the base, another on the wall-mounted cabinets. A similar effect can be achieved by including a red island, a red splashback or red open shelving. Even a red retro style fridge – if you are that way inclined – would invigorate an otherwise plain space, on its own.”

Red spells hunger

“Red could also work marvellously in a dining area. The colour is known to stimulate appetite, and therefore used extensively in restaurants. Furthermore, the colour is a great background for displaying artwork. There might be an opportunity to add a red accent wall to your kitchen/dining area, and use it to showcase a striking piece of art. The result would be a comforting and inviting space, especially in the cold winter months when natural light is harsh and crisp.”

A rich colour for all seasons

“Historically, red was seen as an expensive colour (originally due to the processes involved in creating it). Somewhere down the line it acquired more of a cheap and tacky reputation, but when used correctly it most definitely exudes richness and luxury. Instead of pairing red with white and/or black (a stark contrast), I suggest using it with natural creams and beiges for a much softer result.

“It is also worth noting that in addition to the intense pure red, there are lighter, darker, duller and brighter varieties of it. Some variations may be best used as accent colours, while others are easy to live with and can safely be employed on large surfaces. With red in interiors, the romance of St Valentine’s Day will endure even as the seasons change.”

 

Bright Designs | brightdesigns-id.com

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