Spice up your kitchen with one of these decorating ideas in shades from cherry red to rustic crimson.
In a New Jersey home, Jim Dove adds personality to an area of the kitchen that's usually overlooked with a healthy splash of crimson paint. This colorful space is a departure from the otherwise black-and-white scheme you'll find in the rest of the kitchen.
Traditional gets a twist in this kitchen by Beverly Ellsley, who used focused touches of red to enliven an otherwise neutral space.
Red undertones lend richness to the cabinetry in a California kitchen by Melanie Coddington. "We started with the tile, and that launched the whole color scheme," she says. "It's paprika with black on cream, hand-painted with a simple design — not too busy and not too plain."
Sometimes, just painting one element in a kitchen red can be enough to make a statement. In a colorful Vermont farmhouse by Ramsay Gourd, a red door draws the eye in a neutral kitchen.
Darker red cabinets add warmth to this contemporary kitchen by Douglas Design Studio of Dering Hall.
The red kitchen island in this kitchen by Kathy Marshall Design of Dering Hall helps ground the light and airy color scheme.
In a Los Angeles kitchen that dates back to the 1920s, designer Peter Dunham painted American spindle chairs a vivid post-box red—Benjamin Moore's Moroccan Red—and used French industrial metal pendants from Bourgeois Bohème to light the table and island. "The kitchen is very traditional," he says. "I needed the color and patina to perk it up." Viking appliances.
Designer T. Keller Donovan renovated the kitchen in his Florida home, going for a simple, all-white look. He added a pop of color with Marais stools from Design Within Reach.
Designers Carey Maloney and Hermes Mallea created a vibrant kitchen in a New York town house. The Burgundy La Cornue Chateau 150 range is the kitchen's focal point and showstopper. "Everything else recedes into the background," Maloney says. "I mean look at that stove doing its thing—you don't need any more statements."
In this Long Island kitchen in a former camp cottage, designer Amanda Kyser chose Benjamin Moore's Merlot Red. It sets off the white dishware, which was salvaged from a French seaside hotel that was being torn down. Jenn-Air professional stove and Ikea metal cabinets.
The kitchen in this Vermont cottage is only 88 square feet, but Studio Due founders Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber have no trouble cooking dinners for 25. Heekin believes the best part of entertaining for guests is "that shared moment that a great dinner or lunch can give."
Cheery red-and-white tiles from Craftsman Court Ceramics are set off by dark soapstone countertops in this Arizona kitchen by Dana Lyon. Curtains in Ralph Lauren's Brass Lantern Ticking in Red (turned sideways to make the border). Brick flooring from Chicago Brick.
Vaughan's Pagoda red tole lantern picks up the colors in the portieres, made with Bailey & Griffin's Canton Toile in Cherry Vanilla, backed with Brunschwig & Fils' Paola taffeta check in Pepper Red. The Minton-Spidell stools in this Houston kitchen are covered in Brunschwig & Fils' La Mer in Pompeian Red. Pavia Antico walnut travertine on floor from Walker Zanger.
The quartersawn oak cabinetry in this New Jersey kitchen is solid and traditional. Screw Stools from Design Workshop and a shelf made with pipe fittings add an unexpected industrial touch. Shelves on either side of the Wolf range keep everyday necessities nearby.
These are must-haves, no matter your decor.