Interior Design Ideas for Kitchens: Make a Statement

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Updated

When choosing a fresh new interior design idea for your kitchen, most people have to consult with their inner interior designer in order to come up with something that's right for them. However, many times people choose what they think a kitchen should look like, rather than choosing a design they truly do like. When it comes to redesigning your kitchen there are no hard and fast rules, so if you want to paint the whole room bright green this is completely up to you!

While it is advisable to err on the side of sensible, after all you will have to live with the look for quite a while, there is no reason why you can't stamp your personality on your kitchen: the most popular room in your house. Red is the current hot favourite when it comes to kitchen design and not just for walls but for kitchen cabinets and cupboards too.

Red wooden cupboards with a glossy finish look extra stylish with a bright white counter top. If you don't plan on replacing existing cabinets, you can paint your existing ones red, as long as you sand them down properly. Paint your walls white and add a red border, either plain stripes or if you fancy something a bit different, pick an appropriate pattern. It is important you balance out the red with a lighter colour, to prevent your kitchen from looking smaller. A lighter colour will also ensure the room stays bright.

A white Roman blind, ideally with a red pattern, will be enough dressing for your window. If you prefer kitchen curtains, opt for light-coloured cotton curtains that will encourage light to pour into your kitchen. You don't have to stick to the two colours, introducing another colour will give the room depth and visual appeal. Contrary to popular belief, green compliments red very well if used in sensible amounts. A red and white kitchen will be really set off with pistachio green accents. Avoid overdoing the bold colours by keeping your appliances a traditional stainless steel.

Not only is this modern, stainless steel is easy to clean and compliments the colour red well. If you have a table in your kitchen, dress it with a red tablecloth and white crockery for an instant stylish focal point. Lighting in your red kitchen should be generous, to prevent it from looking dark when natural light is low. Consider under-cabinet lighting, as well as spotlights above the main areas of the kitchen. A large chandelier or equally fussy centrepiece light will help complete the bold statement you are making in your kitchen.

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