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Color Your Kitchen

Kitchens are inherently neutral. The countertops, flooring and appliances are all meant to appeal to the masses, offending no one. We have just one problem with that—how can the one room in the house where inspiration is sought on a daily basis (chicken, again?) be the place with the least amount of color? Anyone who has gazed upon the Caribbean Sea, a field of tulips in bloom or a New England autumn can attest to the power of color. We asked Susan Raine Kester of Raine Interiors in Fort Myers how to bring some new hues into the kitchen. She offered these tips:

• Use tile in the backsplash to bring a bright pop of color to a passive space.

• Put glass fronts on a couple of the cabinets to show off colorful tableware.

• Mix and match colors and fabrics when selecting window treatments; bring colors in from other rooms for a cohesive look.

• Not ready for a complete color makeover? Try some bright accessories.

• Thinking about that red cabinetry? Don’t make it compete for attention; use neutral or red accessories to achieve harmony.

Roberta Cervelli has been working with Christine Arnold, an interior designer with Robb & Stucky, to evoke the feeling of Tuscany in her kitchen. Inspired by a palette of olive greens, pumpkins and sunny yellows, they decided to take advantage of the many finishes available at Viking Appliances, selecting a gas stove and microwave in “lemonade.” The appliances bring out subtle hints of yellow in the quartz countertops and the yellow glass tile on the backsplash.
The copper sink and dark walnut island provide depth and texture, allowing the yellow to shine, yet not overpower.

“I think it is important to consider the whole scheme before selecting any appliance,” says Arnold. We understand that it is easy to get carried away by color, but we’re not apologizing!

<<Hot and Cold

The dazzling cabinetry in Spanish red lacquer balances the coolness of stainless steel, resulting in an ultra-chic kitchen that is always open for business. We suggest doing the dishes in a pair of Jimmy Choos for maximum effect. Average price for cabinetry only is $45,000. By Poggenpohl at the International Design Center in Estero. (239) 948-9005.

<<Anything Goes

Inspire creativity in the kitchen with a distinctive backsplash. Artisans can custom-create a tiled mosaic replication of a favorite pattern or design. Our fashionistas would love it in Pucci. Priced upon request by Waterworks, International Design Center, Estero. (239) 948-1899.

<<It’s Easy Being Green

Environmentally friendly paint now comes in nearly 3,500 shades, and it meets and exceeds industry standards for environmental safety. Available nationwide March 2009. $50 per gallon. Florida Paint Centers in Bonita Springs, Marco Island and Naples. (239) 213-9955.

<<Add a Little Charm

Designed by Stefano Giovannoni with collaboration from Alessi and the National Palace Museum of Taiwan, this cute and colorful spice grinder adds dimension to an otherwise neutral kitchen. $65 at Saks Fifth Avenue, Waterside Shops in Naples. (239) 592-5900.

<<No Reservations, Indeed

Even mac ’n’ cheese tastes gourmet when it is made on a Viking Range. Exclusive finishes offered in everything from soothing sea glass to joyful pumpkin to sophisticated plum (pictured below). Available for $5,999 at Mullet’s Appliances. (239) 592-1008.

<<Every Which Way

Abstract art lends itself to functional lighting that is sure to brighten up the kitchen in more ways than one. This pendant lighting fixture, Strawberry by Harco Loor, is available for $2,998 at Wilson Lighting in Bonita Springs and Naples. (239) 592-6006.

<<Cheery Chairs

In delicious colors so crisp you just want to take a bite out of it—the Tonia chair, by Bontempi, offers a glass table a bit of personality. $570 each at Casa Italia, International Design Center, Estero. (239) 390-0643.

<<Subtle Sophistication

A little color goes a long way in this kitchen by interior designer Susan Raine Kester. She says the “green movement” has inspired an infusion of calming colors such as clay red, ocean blue and sea green as seen in the wooden panels and backsplash. Priced by project. Raine Interiors, Fort Myers. (239) 454-6454.

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