How to Add Colour to Your Kitchen without Redecorating

Kitchen colour by Loaf


We’re currently nearing the end of an epic kitchen renovation. As well as doing all the work ourselves we’ve had to revamp the kitchen we currently have, which means the whole project’s been done for less than £300. Working with Ronseal to test their kitchen paint range has been really fun and I’m excited to reveal the final Before and After makeover results. However, our kitchen although light, bright and welcoming (finally) is currently lacking a certain something…. COLOUR. So I thought I’d put together a little post about kitchen colour and how to add it to a plain white kitchen.

Here are some ideas…

How to add colour to your kitchen


Whether it’s a simple vase of fresh flowers (like in the image by Loaf at the top of this post), some green house plants or even a faux cacti, plants are a great way to add colour to any room – including the kitchen. It’s easy to think of the kitchen as a “different” room that should be free of decorative touches like house plants or flowers, especially if it’s not the same room you eat in. But it shouldn’t. Flowers and a plants are an incredibly easy and cheap way to bring some colour to an all white or monochrome kitchen scheme.


Got a casserole dish you love so much it’s too cute to keep in the cupboard? Then don’t. Show off your bright cookware loud and proud by leaving a casserole dish on the hob (even when not in use) or stacking your colourful serving bowls on the side in plain view.

kitchen colour

HAVI pattern soup bowl, Habitat, £12 | KOYABA large serving bowl, Habitat, £80 | KOYABA jug, £35


Lighting in a kitchen is slightly different from other rooms in the house. It needs to be functional, due to the nature of what the room’s used for. Too dark and you risk losing a finger when you’re whipping up that salad, but too bright and your kitchen could feel cold and sterile – especially if you’ve gone for a plain white scheme as we have.

There are lots of brilliantly bright pendant lights around that will add a big hit of colour to your room (I’ve included some of my favourites in the shoppable Roost edit at the end of this post). I’m also a sucker for a lightbox, which is a fun way to add a soft glow to a room as well as a healthy dash of personality.

4. ART

We have a few prints dotted around our kitchen and they really help to lift the room, giving it a unique feel and injecting some much-needed colour. It’s easy to forget to add art when you come to the kitchen, especially if it’s a fairly small space. But if you have a bit of blank wall space then a vibrant framed poster or print is a fantastic way to make the kitchen feel cosy, warm and happy.

Here are some of my favourite colourful kitchen picks straight from the Roost shop. As ever, you can buy any of these direct from this post.

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  • Reply Alison November 14, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Cannot WAIT to see your new kitchen. I’m all about splashes of colour as you know and I have flowers, plants and some bright tea/coffee caddies going on to add some colour to our kitchen. Love these ideas!

    • Reply Molly November 29, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Great ideas! We’ve got some new tea and coffee caddies which I LOVE. Definitely all about the colour now. x

  • Reply Alice November 14, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    I’m so excited to see your new kitchen! I’m about to move and love the idea of using greenery to introduce colour to a kitchen – I’ll be doing this as the new one’s all pretty white.

    • Reply Molly November 29, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Ooh exciting times!

  • Reply Katie @mummydaddyme November 17, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Such great tips Molly and I literally am SO excited to see your new kitchen! When are going to post? x

    • Reply Molly November 29, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Next week! I’m going to be doing a couple of videos too. We had scaffolding up outside sucking all the light so this week was no good for shooting!

  • Reply Kara November 18, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Oh the Kitchen reveal. So excited to see.
    I love these tips. As a Renter these are the sort of things I always do to try and personalise a space xx

    • Reply Molly November 29, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      And your space always looks so gorgeous too!

  • Reply Bee November 23, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Plants plants plants in every room for defo! Never enough plants.

    • Reply Molly November 29, 2016 at 9:03 pm


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