Nothing quite spells "look at me!" like the color red. Contemporary red kitchens mix style with passion, and are astonishingly popular in modern homes.

Red beckons for our attention like no other color. As the most vigorous color in the spectrum, red reminds us of love and desire, speed and strength. Like a bull-fighter's cape, red is thought to raise blood pressure and make the heart beat faster. In certain settings, however, red can be graceful and longing as well. Combined with golden hues, deeper red makes for a rich and elegant setting. Add a little chrome, and you'll have a more retro or nostalgic appearance. Brighter reds set a more energetic mood. Depending on how you use it, red can add a sense of heat and interest to your modern kitchen design.

In various forms, red can be either trendy or elegant. Red can add a sense of romance and flavor to the otherwise stark modern and fresh styles. Red cabinets require a judicious level of care and attention. Since dust stands out visually on dark surfaces, deep red kitchen cabinets may require more frequent gentle cleaning and dusting than mid-toned cabinets. Also, extra work may be required in selecting other colors for the kitchen since reds tend to dominate any color scheme. Planning for these practical issues in advance can pay off with a lifetime of enjoyment in your modern red kitchen.

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