Today's high-style kitchens serve heaping helpings of character with every meal. For many, the secret ingredient is color. Why not throw some into your mix?

Kohler Whitehaven Sink in Jonathan Adler’s Greenwich, Green, $1,795, Ferguson Enterprises, SLC

Handpainted Moroccan tile, $240 per 12-inch square tile, Clé artist tiles,

Colorful Rings Cutting Board, Antony Joseph, $25, The Museum of Modern Art,


Julkul Oven Mitt, $3.50, Ikea, Draper

Willa Peacock Side Chair, $150, Crate & Barrel, Murray

Smeg Refrigerator, $2,000, West Elm, SLC


Stir Sticks, $7 each, Orson Gygi, SLC


Mixing Bowls, $45, Hip & Humble, SLC


Languiole Steak Knives, $78, Anthropologie, SLC


Not everyone is committed to kitchen color. Different comfort levels require different decorating strategies.

High commitment level

Install painted cabinetry, colorful countertop surfaces and sinks, vivid flooring and multihued tile backsplashes. Be forewarned, these strong visual statements require substantial effort and expense to change.

Medium commitment level

Paint the walls, add vivid window treatments, hang colorful light fixtures, upholster bar stools and apply multihued wallpaper. While not temporary, these decorative elements can be modified with minimum time and trouble.

Low commitment level

Choose colorful, easy-to-replace items including utensils, cookware, door and drawer pulls, small appliances, dinnerware, dish towels, rugs and decorative accessories.

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