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Painting it Bright: 25 Colorful Kitchen Island Ideas to Enliven Your Home

Modern homes seem to be filled with neutral hues. White, gray and brown generally take up most of the backdrop and décor is no different with major furniture pieces like the living room couch or the dining table also coming in muted colors. While this gives you a great amount of decorating freedom when switching between styles, accent hues and seasonal trends, it also can lead to a boring home that is far too ‘vanilla’. Moving away from the generic and breathing a whole new life into your kitchen, a colorful kitchen island definitely shakes up the dreary status quo.

Unique hue and finish of the Mediterranean kitchen island steals the show here [From: Chantal Devane]

Whether you want a painted kitchen island or long for an island that is polished and far more contemporary in its finish, a colorful masterpiece at the heart of your kitchen makes a big difference to the overall ambiance. Colorful islands give the kitchen personality, uniqueness and elevate the style of your open plan living. It also sets the kitchen apart from the dining room and living area next to it and also you to experiment with different colors for kitchen cabinets. It is time to move away from dull grays and all too common white as you embrace a splash of vivaciousness in the kitchen!

Everlasting Blue

There are few colors as versatile as blue and even in a world where gray seems to be taking over, blue still stands tall as a perpetually popular choice among homeowners. The biggest reason for this is how it fits in with a wide variety of themes ranging from minimal, contemporary and Scandinavian to rustic, coastal and Mediterranean. It is the finish of the kitchen island, material of choice and the shade of blue that combine to create the right island for your stylish kitchen.

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Cheerful coastal style kitchen in white and blue with a beautiful island
Classic farmhouse elements combined seamlessly with contemporary aesthetics in this kitchen [From: Interior360]
Expansive blue kitchen island with white marble top at its brilliant best! [From: Farmers / Maytain Cabinets]

Increasingly white marble countertops are the surfaces of choice in most kitchens and these work beautifully when combined with an island in blue. Islands in darker shades of blue steal the spotlight in traditional and coastal kitchens while those clad in lighter, chic bluish-gray shades feel at home in modern and refined spaces. Combine these with kitchen cabinets in white and you have a dashing, cheerful kitchen.

Grayish blue is a great color choice for the modern kitchen island [From: Christine Sheldon Design]
Sparkling kitchen island with marble coutertop and bluish-gray finish
Blue as a color never fails in both modern and traditional kitchens! [From: Brownhouse Design]
Bright and vivacious use of color in the modern kitchen

Painting it Red!

Red as a color gets plenty of bad rap when it comes to home decorating because it can seem far too overpowering when used excessively. But a red island coupled with a neutral backdrop can make a big visual impact in both contemporary and traditional kitchens alike. Red combines well with black in modern kitchens while a red island at the heart of a Mediterranean kitchen can instantly bring brightness to an otherwise mellow and inviting space. Make sure though that you pick a matte shade of red to ensure your red island is not ungainly and out of place…

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Modern farmhouse style kitchen with bright island in red [From: J M Interiors]
Red cabinets and kitchen island combine to create a unique and impressive kitchen
Red island energizes traditional kitchen in white [From: Sawhorse Designs]
Striking kitchen island in red and black!
Warm and inviting Mediterranean style kitchen with yellow walls and a wooden island in red
Kitchen in black and white with a polished red island

Finding the Right Hue

Finding the right color for your kitchen island is far simpler than you think. This first step is to settle on both the style and the color scheme of the kitchen itself. Once you have this sorted, most of the work is done and your choices are instantly narrowed down. A kitchen with too many colors looks cluttered and hence it is best to pick a color for the island that is repeated elsewhere. Of course, a left-field choice is always welcome in an eclectic kitchen, but it does not work in most other kitchens. Whether it is stunning teal island in a polished contemporary kitchen or one in sunny yellow at the heart of a traditional kitchen, keeping the cabinets and the backdrop as neutral as possible helps immensely as well.

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Mellow yellow kitchen siland feels perfectly at home in a modern setting [From: Christine Donner Kitchen Design / Nancy E. Hill]
Modern kitchen in yellow, white and gray
Orange brings brightness and spunk yo the kitchen in white
Cutting edge Italian kitchen with a stunning island in yellow
Eclectic kitchen full of color and pattern

Unique Colors for the Kitchen Island

This summer, bring a dash of freshness to the kitchen with colors that go beyond the mundane. Instead of the regular red, blue, green and yellow, consider a splurge of vivacious fuchsia, spunky orange or even upbeat purple for a captivating kitchen island that steals the show. Then there is option of a multi-colored island that combines several different hues to create a collage of effervescent brilliance! It is time to give your kitchen a dazzling new focal point…

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Quirky multi-colored kitchen island idea
Pink makes an unexpected appearance in this modern kitchen!
Exquisite kitchen island in Teal inside sophisticated Sao Paulo apartment
Stunning kitchen islands in purple bring dazzling color to the industrial space [From: Momoko Morton]
Try out the splendor of Onyx to shape a unique kitchen island
Traditional kitchen island in purple with a white top [From: Ellsworth-Hallett]

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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