Are you planning your kitchen redesign, but feeling overwhelmed by choosing a colour scheme? It can be hard to know where to start, especially as colour is such an integral part of the design. Luckily, we’re here to help guide you through the process of selecting the perfect colour scheme for the kitchen of your dreams.
Your kitchen is not just a place for cooking; it’s the heart of your home, where memories are made and shared. It should reflect your personal style and create a warm, inviting atmosphere. One of the most effective ways to infuse personality into your kitchen is through the strategic use of colours. While white kitchens have dominated the scene for years, the trend is shifting towards more diverse colour palettes.
The Rise of Coloured Kitchens
At Kitchen Envy, we’ve started to see a shift. Gone are the days of solely white kitchens. The rise of coloured kitchens has been a significant shift in kitchen design trends. Homeowners are increasingly recognising the power of colour to transform their culinary spaces into vibrant and personalised havens. While white kitchens have long been associated with a clean and timeless aesthetic, coloured kitchens offer a unique opportunity to inject personality and create a space that truly reflects individual style.
Some of the most popular kitchen colour schemes we are currently seeing include:
- Blacks: Bold blacks have emerged as a popular choice for those seeking a sophisticated and contemporary look. A kitchen adorned with black cabinetry and accents exudes elegance and can serve as a striking focal point. When paired with sleek metallic finishes or contrasting light-coloured benchtops, black creates a dramatic and luxurious ambiance.
- Greys: Shades of grey, on the other hand, offer a versatile and timeless appeal. From soft and subtle greys to darker charcoal tones, this colour palette can adapt to various design styles. Grey kitchens can convey a sense of modernity and sophistication, while also providing a neutral backdrop that allows for creative experimentation with other colours or materials.
- Blues: Serene blues have gained popularity for their calming and refreshing qualities.Incorporating colours from nature, such as the blues reminiscent of the Blue Mountains, can add an extra layer of depth and connection to your kitchen design. Drawing inspiration from this iconic landscape can help you create a kitchen that not only reflects your personal style but also evokes a sense of tranquillity and harmony within your home.
- Greens: Earthy greens bring the beauty of nature indoors and create a connection to the outdoors. Ranging from olive and sage to moss and emerald, green kitchens can add a touch of freshness and vitality to your space. Green is often associated with growth, balance, and renewal, making it an excellent choice for those who desire a harmonious and nature-inspired kitchen.
- Oranges: Rusty oranges and browns are warm and inviting hues reminiscent of sunsets and Mediterranean landscapes. Whether you opt for a soft peach tone or a rich terracotta shade, incorporating these warm hues into your kitchen can create a welcoming and cosy atmosphere. Pair them with natural materials like wood or stone, and you’ll achieve a harmonious and earthy look that adds depth and warmth to your space.
Adding Colour and Texture with Finishes
Adding coloured doors to your kitchen cabinets is one way to make a bold design move with colour in your new kitchen. Suppliers like Laminex and Polytec have extensive colours in high-quality materials and finishes to choose from. Laminex and Polytec, for example, provide a diverse collection of laminate surfaces that mimic the appearance of natural materials like timber, stone, and even concrete, offering an array of colour options to suit your preferences. A Polyurethane finish, allows for further customisation with a vast variety of paint colours from Dulux, Porters and Taubmans. These brands not only offer an extensive palette of colours but also provide finishes that are durable, easy to clean, and resistant to moisture and heat.
Timber features, such as wooden benchtops or shelving can bring warmth and a touch of natural beauty to your kitchen. Depending on the type of wood and its finish, you can achieve different colour tones, ranging from light and blonde to rich and dark. These variations can complement or contrast with your chosen cabinetry colour, creating a harmonious and visually appealing balance.
Tiles are another fantastic way to introduce colour and texture to your kitchen. Whether you opt for a vibrant mosaic pattern, a subtle subway tile in a soft hue, or a bold geometric design, tiles can become a standout feature that ties the colour scheme of your kitchen together. Consider using tiles as a backsplash, on the floor, or even as an accent wall to add a pop of colour and visual interest to the space.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Colour Scheme
Selecting the perfect colour scheme for your kitchen requires careful consideration of several factors. Here are a few key elements to keep in mind:
The style of your home
The overall style of your home should harmonise with your kitchen design. Consider whether your home leans towards a modern, contemporary, or traditional aesthetic and choose colours accordingly.
- Modern: If your home has a modern aesthetic, characterised by clean lines, sleek surfaces, and minimalist design, you may want to opt for a colour scheme that embraces a neutral palette with pops of bold and contrasting colours. Shades of white, grey, and black can form the foundation of a modern kitchen, creating a sleek and sophisticated look. Accents of vibrant colours can be incorporated through accessories or statement pieces to add visual interest.
- Contemporary: Contemporary homes often combine elements of modern and traditional design, resulting in a versatile and eclectic style. When choosing a colour scheme for a contemporary kitchen, you can play with a wider range of colours and materials. Neutral shades, such as beige, taupe, or warm greys, can be complemented by bolder hues like deep blues, greens, or even rich jewel tones. Consider incorporating natural materials like wood or stone for a touch of warmth and texture.
- Traditional: For homes with a traditional style, you may lean towards a more classic and timeless colour scheme for your kitchen. Richer and deeper shades such as navy blue or deep green can also be used as accents to add depth and sophistication to the space. Consider incorporating natural materials like timber or stone to enhance the overall aesthetic.
If you have an open-plan kitchen connected to the living or dining areas, creating a seamless flow and a sense of spaciousness will be important to your design and may influence your colour choices. To maintain a cohesive look in such a shared space, it’s essential to consider the overall colour scheme of the adjoining areas. This doesn’t mean that colour is off limits, it just needs to be approached in a considered way.
A kitchen separate to other spaces may provide an opportunity to explore bolder and more distinct colour schemes. Here, you can focus on creating a kitchen that stands as a separate entity and showcases its unique style.
The colour of your kitchen benchtop can set the tone for the entire room. Whether you opt for a natural stone, engineered quartz, or laminate surface, it’s crucial to consider the undertones of the material. For example, if you choose a white marble-inspired benchtop with cool undertones, it may pair well with a colour scheme featuring cooler shades like blues and greys. On the other hand, a warm-toned wooden benchtop might complement a warmer colour palette with earthy tones like greens and terracottas. By harmonising the benchtop colour with the overall scheme, you create a cohesive and visually pleasing look in your kitchen.
Take a close look at the existing furnishings in your kitchen and adjacent rooms that you will keep along with your new design, such as dining chairs, bar stools, or decorative accessories. Consider their colours, textures, and patterns. If your furnishings have a specific colour theme, you may want to incorporate that into your kitchen’s colour scheme to create a sense of continuity throughout the space. Additionally, pay attention to the materials and finishes of the furnishings. For instance, if you have a rustic wooden dining table, it may work well with a colour scheme that includes warm earthy tones or natural hues.
Whether you’re working with existing flooring or you’re bringing in a new choice, flooring is integral to the design. Ideally, the colour scheme will compliment the floor material and colour. If you have light-toned flooring in your kitchen, for example, you can evoke a coastal feel by incorporating blues and greens into your colour scheme. These colours resonate with the tranquillity of the ocean and the beauty of coastal landscapes. Opt for soft shades of blue, like sky blue or aqua, or soothing greens, such as seafoam or sage. These hues will create a fresh and airy ambiance, complementing the light tones of the flooring and enhancing the coastal aesthetic. In contrast, if you have darker-toned flooring, it presents an opportunity to evoke a different mood. Darker hues in your colour scheme could be reminiscent of the rugged beauty and serene atmosphere of the majestic Blue Mountains. Consider incorporating deep blues, rich greens, or even earthy browns to reflect the mountains’ colours and textures. These darker tones will create a sense of depth and create a captivating contrast with the flooring, adding a touch of drama and sophistication to your kitchen.
The colour of your kitchen walls plays a significant role in creating a cohesive and visually appealing space. When selecting a wall colour, it’s important to consider how it will interact with your cabinetry, as they can either complement or contrast with each other. Finding the right balance and flow between these two elements is crucial for achieving a harmonious kitchen design.
- Complementary Colour: Choosing a wall colour that complements your cabinetry can create a seamless and unified look in your kitchen. One approach is to select a wall colour that is in the same colour family or has undertones that align with your cabinetry. For example, if you have warm-toned cabinetry in shades of brown or beige, consider opting for wall colours in a similar warm palette. This creates a cohesive and inviting atmosphere, as the colours work together to enhance each other. The complementary wall colour should serve as a backdrop, allowing your cabinetry to stand out as the focal point.
- Contrasting Colour: Selecting a contrasting wall colour can add visual interest and create a dynamic look in your kitchen. Contrasting colours can create a sense of depth and highlight the cabinetry as a distinct feature. For example, if you have light-toned cabinetry, you can choose a darker or bolder wall colour to create a striking contrast. This adds visual impact and can be particularly effective in modern or contemporary kitchen designs. It’s important to ensure that the wall colour doesn’t overpower or compete with the cabinetry but rather complements and enhances it.
Let Personal Preference Guide You
When it comes to choosing a colour scheme for your kitchen, while there are guidelines and considerations to keep in mind, your personal preference should ultimately be the deciding factor. After all, your kitchen is a space that should reflect your unique style and taste. It’s where you’ll spend a significant amount of time, so it’s important to create a space that you genuinely love.
To start exploring colour schemes that resonate with you, Pinterest can be a fantastic resource. Spend some time browsing through kitchen designs and saving examples that catch your eye. This will help you gauge the colours and styles that you naturally gravitate towards. Pay attention to the overall mood and atmosphere that these images evoke, as well as the specific colours used.
Once you have a sense of the colours you prefer, it’s time to start experimenting with different shades and combinations. Visiting our showroom in Penrith can be an excellent way to gather ideas and seek guidance from our friendly and experienced designers. We showcase different colour schemes, materials, and finishes. Seeing these options in person can provide a better sense of how they will look and feel in your kitchen. We can provide you with samples of colours, materials, and finishes that can be immensely helpful in visualising how they will look in your space. Many suppliers offer small samples or swatches that you can take home and test in your kitchen. Gather your favourites and look at them beside any other key elements to see how they harmonise or contrast.
Trusting your instincts is crucial during this process. While it’s beneficial to seek inspiration and advice, remember that you are the one who will be living in and using the space every day. Trust your intuition and go with colours that genuinely resonate with you and create a sense of joy and satisfaction. Whether you draw inspiration from the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Mountains, the Mediterranean or your favourite blogger, the critical element is that it’s a colour palette that brings your dream kitchen to life.
If you’re starting your kitchen renovation journey, why not book a consult at our Penrith
Showroom with one of our Design Consultants. You’ll get honest and reliable guidance every step of the way and it will be that much easier to bring your kitchen dreams to life. Our showroom is open Monday – Saturday from 10am-4pm or by appointment – Unit 4/103-107 Batt St, Penrith.