This January, perhaps you are considering a new kitchen colour scheme. This is often part of a kitchen extension or refit process. It impacts every decision, from cabinet doors to worktops. How do you choose which colours will work best in your kitchen? Which colours work with which design styles? What will your kitchen colour choice say about you? And what atmosphere will it bring to your kitchen?
Colour or Not?
A great place to start in identifying your ideal concept is whether you do in fact want to focus on colour. Monochrome kitchens remain popular, and can even provide a wonderful base for bringing in a splash of colour. This could be on selected cabinet doors or a hob splashback. If you take this approach, you must decide on an accent colour.
Whether you are planning a complete kitchen colour scheme or an accent colour, your choice is divided between cool and warm. A cool colour palette includes tones of blue and green, making it a very natural scheme. Traditionally these colours are relaxing and calming. So if you see your kitchen as a bit of a haven, where you can indulge in a bit of therapeutic baking, this is a great concept. Working equally well as part of both contemporary and traditional kitchen designs, green is wonderful for soothing and blue for focus. So for busy families who use a kitchen for everything from eating to homework, these hues are ideal.
A more vibrant kitchen colour choice would be warm colours such as orange, red and yellow. These colours are energetic and active. Hot colours such as red or orange attract the eye and make your kitchen a talking point. The key to a statement kitchen, however, is not to overdo it. So the more vibrant hues in this colour palette work best when balanced with the more neutral tones of a monochrome scheme. Seen as joyful and positive colours, yellows and oranges are a great choice for social kitchens. If you’re always welcoming visitors, whether for a coffee or a glass of something, lighter warm hues work perfectly.
Fashions and Trends
While whites and greys remain on trend, the Pantone Colour of the Year is always a good place to look when it comes to fashionable accent colours. For 2019, this is 16-1546 Living Coral. An extremely warm colour, Pantone describes it as:
“An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge. Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”
If you are drawn to vibrant hued colours that are on trend, it is wise to stick to employing them as accent colours. In this way, your kitchen can evolve with future trends and always remain on point.
Classic and Enduring
More classic colours tend to be those which inspire nostalgia. The kitchen is the heart of the home and so it often follows that your memories of kitchens past will dwell somehow in your tastes and inclinations. Often colours such as yellow or green inspire a sense of nostalgia and work fantastically with traditional and country styled kitchen designs. Lighter hues mean that these colours can weave through various elements of your kitchen. From worktops to cabinet doors, appliances to soft furnishings, these colours form a coherent concept.
Your choice of kitchen colour may feel like a daunting prospect. So if you still feel unsure of the scheme that is right for you our experienced and knowledgeable kitchen designers can guide you to the perfect concept.