ISSUE 43  |  Color Stories

10 Favorites: Colorful Accessories for the Kitchen Sink

May 19, 2016 8:00 AM

BY Margot Guralnick

Dosa designer Christina Kim has an affinity for fuzzy pink sponges that she picks up at bodegas in Mexico. She’s the one who taught us this lesson: Humble kitchen accessories in bright colors can make your heart sing.

Happiness from a scrub brush? More than you can imagine. The Scandinavians have clearly been onto this for some time: Nearly all of our favorite tools for use in and around the sink come from Sweden and Denmark.


Above: A longtime Remodelista favorite, the Normann Copenhagen Washing Up Bowl & Brush is newly available in mint; $87.50.


Above: Iris Hantverk’s Mexican-style Washing Up Whisks are made in Sweden by visually impaired craftspeople; $11 each at The Line. Photograph from Flotsam & Fork.


Above: Absorbent, quick-drying Växbo Linen Dishcloths from Sweden come in 22 colors and are pretty enough to leave lying around; $16.


Above: Hay of Denmark’s Porter Paper Towel Holders are made of ash and come in four finishes; $48 each from Huset.


Above: Clear the crumbs with the Mr and Mrs Clynk Epousette + Ramasse, a brush and pan from Andrée Jardin of France, €28 ($30.66). Also see the company’s New Must-Have Chopping Block and Vegetable Brush Set.


Above: For mop day: Xala’s Drop Bucket comes in pale green, navy, yellow, and red with contrasting metal handles; $25 each from Neo-Utility. See more of the Antwerp design company’s everyday goods in our post Belgian Basics with a Fairytale Twist. Photograph via Everyday Needs.


Above: Christina Kim alert: The Casabella Green Scrub Sponge is $1.95 at Crate & Barrel. To see the sponge at Dosa headquarters that started our obsession, go to page 69 of the Remodelista book.


Above: Wooden Washing Up Brushes by Rice of Denmark come in three color combos; £3 ($4.50 USD) each at House Envy.


Above: Scholten & Baijing’s Tea Towels from Danish design firm Hay are available in a range of patterns and bright colors. Made of a cotton mix, they’re $19 for a set of two at A+R.

Find more kitchen essentials in our Domestic Science archive, including Precision Trash Bins, Display-Worthy Brooms, and 10 Favorites from the French Scullery.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 30, 2015, as part of our Global Color issue.