kitchen color idea with orange island and blue cabinets
credit: Witlof

We get the enduring appeal of an all-white classic cook space — what's not to love about a clean, bright, timeless kitchen? And while white continues to be in demand, lately we've been eyeing some unconventional color combinations that have us contemplating ideas that are anything but typical. Feast your eyes on the following six off-the-beaten-path kitchen color ideas that just might inspire you to take the plunge in your own home.

1. Consider complementary colors.

Embrace color theory and infuse your kitchen with complementary colors (like pink and green) for a virtually guaranteed match made in heaven. deVOL Kitchens, masters of kitchen design who now have a showroom stateside in New York City (HURRAH!), use unexpected colors on traditional elements in this space with wow results. A pink island and glass front cabinets pop against glossy mint green subway tile, while a chandelier and Victorian ceiling medallion round out the striking design.

2. Make your hood the focal point.

kitchen color idea with black hood and white subway tile and blue-green cabinets
credit: Studio McGee

True, this kitchen by Shea of Studio McGee has many classic elements — the white subway tile, Wolf range, marble countertops, and green cabinets — but the unique black hood with light wood trim really caught our eye. Articulating oil-rubbed bronze sconces coordinate with the cabinet pulls and add weight in the absence of upper cabinets.

3. Go for vacation vibes.

bohemian kitchen color idea with blue wall tile and white countertop and cabinets
credit: Jungalow

Blue kitchen color ideas aren't new to the design scene, but Justina Blakeney of Jungalow fame creates a showstopper by combining custom navy hex tile from Granada Tile with a white stucco counter and distressed cabinet doors and ceiling. The wood details and her signature natural greenery warm up the space and complete the Grecian bohemian vibe.

4. A standout island is all you need.

kitchen color idea with orange island and blue cabinets
credit: Witlof

Anchor your space with a single statement-making feature. Witlof, out of the UK, punches up an otherwise muted culinary space with a black-topped orange island that also accommodates an integrated stove. Neutral walls and floor-to-ceiling cabinetry tone down the brightness for a look that is fresh, but will stand the test of time (and just might be our new favorite kitchen color idea). Delicate gold hardware elevates the overall design without distracting.

5. Add a dash of yellow.

Yellow is having its day, and what's not to love about this cheery hue? North and Madison add a few pops of the sunny color to this playful kitchen and fearlessly pair it with deep teal cabinets and an island for a vibrant, one-of-a-kind result. The graphic black and white rug echoes the high-contrast ceiling and adds a masculine note.

6. Embrace your feminine side.

pink kitchen color idea with wood flooring and white subway tile backsplash
credit: Studio DIY

A millennial pink kitchen color idea? Why not?! This soft space by Kelly from Studio DIY features pale pink cabinets and warm wood shelves and accessories for a look that's thoroughly of-the-moment. The textured subway tile adds rustic charm, while a vintage Moroccan rug brings a welcome bohemian vibe.


Jaclyn Schatzow

Jaclyn Schatzow

Jaclyn Schatzow is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA