When choosing a kitchen, there are hundreds of choices to make

After deciding on the layout of the room, one of your first tasks will be to choose your colour scheme, because this will inform so many other aspects of your kitchen design. In open plan areas, the kitchen colours should not clash with those of the surrounding rooms — but for the most part, the kitchen colour scheme will be a blank canvas.

With so many colours and finishes available, the question is, where do you start?

Colourful Kitchen Appliances

In days gone by, appliances came in black and white, so the easiest way to get colour into your kitchen was to let the cabinets and worktops lead, and hide the plain appliances by having them built in.

But times have changed. These days, you can choose the colour of your fridge, cooker, toaster, and even your dishwasher. Colourful appliances can really bring a kitchen to life, so when you’re creating a look, don’t forget to think about the appliances.

As the oven is often a centrepiece within a kitchen – even more so if it is a range cooker – it makes sense to have this as a starting point for your scheme. You can buy range cookers in a whole spectrum of colours — a pastel blue or bright red range can really add pizazz to the whole look of your kitchen.

Once you’ve decided on a colour scheme, you should be able to find others that match or complement your centrepiece. Bright, retro style fridge-freezers and dishwashers look great in a modern kitchen, and can be accessorised with smaller appliances such as mixers, toasters and cookware, all available in a rainbow of colours.

The trend towards more vibrant appliance design has extended to cooker hoods, which are now available in a huge array of shapes, colours and sizes — depending, of course, on your budget.

Colour for Cabinets, Worktops, Tiles and Splashbacks

When you’ve chosen a few colours you like, it’s always a good idea to refer back to your colour wheel to help choose tints and tones and that will give a good degree of depth and contrast to your room. This should help you focus when you’re looking at your main kitchen structures – such as the cabinetry, walls and worktops – which all need to work together to create a good backdrop for your accessories and appliances.

The cabinets and the worktops are perhaps one of the most important aspects of your kitchen to get right. They can be expensive to replace, so you’ll want to make sure you go for a look that will stand the test of time — which is why most people go for neutral colours such as white or light wood finish, brightened up by their appliances and accessories. Anyone who has bought or inherited dark oak kitchen cabinets will appreciate how quickly a trend can date.

Finishes for Floors, Ceilings and Walls

Flooring is often chosen as a bit of an afterthought, which I think is a shame, as the variety of materials and finishes available is incredible. There is a trend currently for cream and latte coloured tiled floors, predominantly because they go well with white and light wood cabinets.

But if you’re prepared to entertain ideas beyond polished tiles, your floor can really add depth to your kitchen. Hardwood floors will add warmth to a kitchen, while polished concrete will go really nicely in a modern or minimalist setting. Natural stone, whilst expensive, adds texture to your kitchen, perfect for a traditional twist.

Depending on the size of your kitchen, the paint colour for the wall may have more or less impact on the overall design, depending on the area and location of the walls. Whatever colour you choose, its worth choosing a satin or semi-gloss paint that will stand up to being splashed, wiped and rubbed. It’s also worth bearing in mind that semi-gloss will reflect a lot more light, which is perfect for a darker space.

Kitchen Furniture, Accessories and Blinds

The colours in which you furnish and accessorise your kitchen can really make a difference to the look and feel of the space. A neutral scheme can really be spiced up with colourful bar stools or dining chairs, while an upholstered chair or even a fabric roman blind can really soften the overall look, and add a pop of colour.

Samples and Lighting

Whatever colours you go for, it’s always a good idea to order samples and check them all together, under the exact same light that you plan to install in your kitchen. Some finishes – paint and glass in particular – can completely change colour under different lighting conditions, so before you invest thousands of pounds of your hard earned cash into your beautiful new kitchen, you’ll want to know that it all goes. Colour me excited!

  • Bethanie Clark

    I’m planning a renovation project for my kitchen and these tips could come to great use. Thanks for sharing!

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