These Purple Kitchen Ideas Will Make You Seriously Rethink Your Neutral Palette

purple kitchen color idea with marble backsplash and farmhouse sink
credit: Burbridge

If you're thinking of redoing your kitchen, let's face it, purple probably isn't the color that immediately springs to mind. We only have to look back to Ultra Violet being announced as Pantone's color of the year to realize it's not the easiest hue to work with. That being said, the lavender shade is associated with royalty, luxury, and power, all traits that we'd quite happily love our house to represent, right? Well, what better place to start with than your culinary headquarters? Here are seven purple kitchen ideas that will have you rethinking your neutral color scheme.

1. Go two-tone.

There's something in the air at the moment when it comes to two-tone palettes, and this kitchen color idea by Naked Kitchens is an incredibly cool take on both this trend and the uprise in purple interiors. The pastel floor cabinets combined with the deeper plum wall cabinets and plywood panelling make for a contemporary and upbeat space that we'd be more than happy to cook breakfast in.

2. Make it sultry.

The matte gray concrete-effect wall in this open plan kitchen is the perfect contrast to the purple-hued cabinetry. Designer Mikhail Loskutov was inspired by the client's love of wine, choosing this bordeaux-like hue to accompany a set of rosé toned dining chairs. Swoon!

3. Embrace all things feminine.

purple kitchen color idea with marble backsplash and farmhouse sink
credit: Burbridge

The plush lilac tones in this feminine kitchen make it look expensive, but still inviting, just the way we like it. While an ice cream palette can easily look whimsical, the singular use of purple mixed with a heavily veined marble in this culinary space adds sophistication and unique style.

Get the look: Farrow & Ball Calluna

4. Add luxe touches.

While purple may not exude luxury on its own, a few sleek details can turn heads. We love the way this deep shade has been used to add a pop of color in a sea of black cabinets. The brass details and book-matched marble backsplash complete the oh-so-glam look.

Get the look: Dulux Purple Verbena

5. Keep it natural.

Earthy and organic tones have been big in 2019 but, newsflash, they're not exclusive to terra cotta and sandy hues. Designers at this year's Milan Design Fair took a more dramatic take on the trend, inspired by vegetables no less, such as artichokes and eggplants. The result is simply stunning when matched with wood countertops and rustic details à la this purple kitchen design by deVOL.

6. Keep it simple.

Who knew that a purple kitchen could still look Scandi when used in the right way? In this minimal cook space, color blocking the island and one cabinet adds just the right amount of the bold shade to keep things interesting without taking away from the simplicity of the design made up of bright white and warm wood.

Get the look: Dulux Sapphire Salute

7. Work your backsplash.

purple kitchen color idea with lilac glass backsplash and wood shelving above
credit: Harvey Jones

If you want to keep the rest of your kitchen color fairly neutral, a pop via a purple backsplash could be the answer to your design prayers. In this country cook space by Harvey Jones, lilac glass works as a subtle backdrop, complemented by warm wood shelving and greige Shaker style cabinets.


Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.