Because kitchens are the heart of the home, homeowners continue to strive for an inviting atmosphere that’s easy to work in. If you want to put a little more color into your kitchen, here are some ways to say “Come in and stay awhile.”

Cabinetry is the anchor of every kitchen, making this the place to start. Whether you update the current cabinet faces or completely replace what you have, the style and color selection set the theme for the rest of the room. One option is to go with more ornate doors and drawers. Or you can keep the doors simple and use decorative hardware. The advantage of the second choice is that hardware is easy to update if your taste in décor changes.

When it comes to countertops, options like engineered quartz, colorful terrazzo and wood give you a limitless selection to liven up your work space.

One casualty of more color is stainless steel appliances. Stainless steel is losing popularity as evidenced at the 2020 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. Several manufacturers featured bright colors for refrigerators, stoves and hoods.

And don’t forget ceilings and floors. A rich wood or a favorite color for your ceiling with complementary floor tiles pulls the room together.

Finally, nothing brings out the atmosphere like good lighting. While it’s important to keep lighting evenly distributed, think about pendant lights in jewel tones. Under-cabinet lighting is ideal to illuminate a specific area, yet gives a softer glow to rest of the room. Increasingly popular toe-kick lighting comes in both white and color. It also adds a little drama and safety by delineating where your cabinets meet the floor.

With so many choices available, it’s a good idea to work with professionals so you get the mix of color and light that works best for you.