Colour me beautiful with these kitchen accessories
Brighten up your day with these cheerful kitchen complements
The kitchen is the heart of every home, so why shouldn't it be a little more fun? The neutral colour palette that's trending for interiors at the moment is great for our walls and L-shaped sofas but not so good for our kitchen appliances.
Dull old white kettles and toasters can undo all your decorating efforts in one fell swoop. The solution? Injecting some vibrant hues into the most functional room of the house is the way to go. There's an easy commitment-free way to make your countertops pop - just add some colourful accessories and appliances.
These candy shades are great for injecting a sense of fun and youthfulness into your interior. Create an indoor rainbow with these pretty pastels that will leave a lasting impression on your guests.
Buy it: Green mug €8.50; coffee tin, €14.95; water bottle, €6.95; coffee pot in pink, €23.75; scales, €69.95; set of four melamine stacking bowls, €41.95, all Dotcomgiftshop.com
The Peru range from Marks & Spencer is hot to trot for summer. The hard-to-break melamine finish is perfect for kids or a garden party, while the riotous colour palette captures the fun and atmosphere of a summer day to remember.
Buy it: Dinner plate, €4.75, side plate, €4, cereal bowl, €4, serving tray, €20, Astoria 16-piece cutlery set, €67, Jaipur platter €35, tea towel, €8, all Marks & Spencer
Mix it up
Perfect your desserts in style while giving your hands a rest with this envy-inducing hot pink Artisan Mixer.
Buy it: €585, Kitchen aid, Harvey Norman
Shakin' all over
No need to wait until you need to sift your flour or shake your sugar to get these adorable kitchen complements out of the cupboard - leave them out on show to add a little vintage glamour to your kitchen.
Buy it: Sugar shaker, €14, flour sifter, €12, both Tala Originals, Brown Thomas
Weigh up your options
Make your life a little easier in the kitchen and get those recipes bang on with these funky sage green and stainless steel weighing scales.
Buy it: €30, Cath Kidston, Grafton St, D2
Merge the pretty and the practical in your kitchen dresser. Whether you have a traditional country-style dresser, a more contemporary display unit or simply open cupboard space, don't overlook the styling opportunities extra on-show space can offer. If your dresser's contents are clear, but you still want to incorporate a bright hue, create a colour statement by painting the cupboard itself in a vibrant shade.
Vintage doesn't have to mean twee. These characterful, well-worn pieces have an easy elegance to them, and could effortlessly be mixed and matched with other items as your collection grows. Look out for crockery in charity shops in designs that match your home's aesthetic, florals for a country feel, say, or blue and white stripes for a Hamptons vibe. Don't be afraid to add non-kitchen items to the display to enhance crockery and glassware, such as ceramic objects and ornaments, dressed into the space.