/ by Stephanie Burnette and Lina LeGare
The kitchen is expensive real estate; cabinets, suites of appliances, countertops and furnishings feel like significant investments during a renovation or building process. Thankfully it’s a place where many of us spend a ton of time.
The trend of saturated color for the home differs from the pop of color we saw post-2008 recession, or the flush of neon that influenced fashion a bit back. Of late, consumer products have become available in a host of dimensional color, in fresh hues for their categories from sage green to teal to emerald, ruby reds, colbolt blue, daffodil and ruddy orange. Items are often completely coated in color, or a metallic finish is stained with the hue.
In the kitchen, the birth of this trend points solidly to the legacy of Le Creuset. The enamel Dutch oven was launched as a pot attractive enough to stay on the range. Decades later Cuisinart’s stand mixer found similar fame. This new moment of color can feel big, like an installed 36” range in an unexpected color, a bright beverage refrigerator or a stunning exhaust hood. But the trend can also work on a small scale too with the addition of cheery hand appliances; think ice cream scoops, can openers, cutting boards, and countertop impulse buys like air fryers, blenders and toasters.
Furniture is a nice way to embrace the trend, especially if your kitchen is mostly white or wood toned. Add a bar-cart in your favorite color or a set of enamel covered barstools. Go for a kitchen table in a bold hue or paint a hutch or a pantry door with four to five coats for a look with the appropriate amount of depth. Saturated color is pretty much the opposite of a chalk paint finish.
The phrase “brave color contrasts” greatly influences the saturated trend. It means pairing possibly divergent colors together in a room to draw attention; remember when mustard yellow and grey dominated interior goods? It’s a great example. For a fresh play in the kitchen, consider pink and emerald, mango and chalk blue, ochre and sea foam or periwinkle and plum, just to name a few.
- DUALIT Yellow Two-Slice Toaster $239.95 | Engineered in England, nothing is happier than this yellow commercial grade toaster.
- Bertazzoni 36 inch All Gas Range Pro Series $6199 | In a color called Arancio, a six-brass burner range from Italy with 19,000 BTUs.
- Technivorm Moccamaster 59652 KGB $329 | Brew 40 ounces or 10 cups of joe in six minutes with this red beast.
- Viking 30 Inch Wall Mount Convertible Hood $2169 | With a 460 CFM blower, let your hood stand out in Cypress Green.
- vola One Handle Double Swivel Spout in Light Blue $2467 | Ceramic technology makes model KV1-500T1 available in a range of colors.
- HAY Suede Oven Glove $45 | Heat resistant and non-slip, this oven glove is a yellow-hued champ.
- HAY Sowden Kettle $125 | Designed by George Sowden the double walled kettle is a desert rose.
- Lagoon Joyous Counter Stool $163 | The set of two, in all-weather resin, is a steal in Salmon
- SMEG 24” Dishwasher $1679 | The retro style stands out in Pastel Blue and holds 13 place settings.
- Verishop The reBoard $35 each | Recycled plastic and renewable sugarcane make up these dishwasher-safe boards