Kitchens are long-term investments, so it’s scary to make a commitment to color.Most kitchens continue to be white, pure and unadulterated.

White can be  clean and modern, but it can also be boring, more evocative of a laboratory than the heart of a home. Even if you’ve lived with and loved your white on white kitchen, you may be ready to add a quick shot of color.

  1. GO VINTAGE WITH PASTELS
    The newest color trend is the sherbet pastel palette of the 1950s. Paint mismatched chairs a rainbow of turquoise, creamy yellow, and rose. Add a vintage enamel tray, a green teakettle, dishtowels in vintage checks.

    Most kitchens continue to be white, pure and unadulterated. (c) leicht.com

    Most kitchens continue to be white, pure and unadulterated. (c) leicht.com

  1. GO DECO WITH BLACK
    Go for a chic black and white palette. Add hanging lamps over your island or breakfast bar. in wrought iron or black enamel Add a black and white patterned cotton rug beside the sink, a matte black faucet. Display a sleek black appliance, such as the Grundig built-in compact coffee machine, Hang black and white prints in black frames, Add black chairs or bar stools.

    Go for a chic black and white palette. (c) leicht.com

    Go for a chic black and white palette. (c) leicht.com

  1. GO DARING WITH A SHOT OF COLOR
    Paint a single wall shiny red, cobalt blue or lime green. It’s less than a total commitment to colour, and it can make an old kitchen look new. Try it out first, by simply adding one or two bright objects — a bright red planter box, a blue platter, a green lampshade.
  1. GO SUNNY WITH YELLOW
    It only takes a dash of yellow to brighten a white kitchen. Replace cabinet knobs and drawer pulls with yellow enameled ones. Paint just two of your white cabinet doors in a sun-kissed yellow. Cover the kitchen table with a yellow patterned cloth.

    It only takes a dash of yellow to brighten a white kitchen. (c) leicht.com

    It only takes a dash of yellow to brighten a white kitchen. (c) leicht.com

  1. GO TRANQUIL WITH GREY
    Grey is a brilliant foil for white, which acts as a frame. The entire spectrum from pale grey-violet to velvety graphite is soothing to the eye. Paint your cabinets a luscious storm grey. Offset white tiles with mist grey walls.