Our Guide to Choosing your Perfect Kitchen Colours

Your new kitchen is likely to be a big investment and getting the colour scheme right for you and your family needs careful consideration. One of the biggest issues people face is the vast amount of options that are available. Even though you might know what colours you prefer, there are so many different shades, tones and hues to choose from. Look and style can vary enormously too – maybe you favour a classic timeless look or perhaps you prefer a more contemporary or industrial style?

In this guide we break down the different elements for you to consider and give you some helpful tips to set you off in the right direction.

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Firstly, take advantage of the online resources that are available including Pinterest, Instagram and Houzz to build up a picture of what sort of colours and styles you are drawn too and then breakdown the different components that will come together to create your cohesive colour pallet.

1. Your Kitchen Cabinets

Your kitchen cabinets should be your first consideration when thinking about your kitchen colour scheme quite simply because they will cover a big chunk of the visual space available and be the focal point in the room. They will also typically use up a large proportion of your budget so it makes sense to use your choice of kitchen cabinets as the foundation for your overall colour pallet.

Tip 1: Pick colours you love. Go with a pallet that suits your personality, budget and style of your home. You don’t have to have all of your cabinets in the same colour. For example, you could have wall cabinets a different colour or select a darker shade for an island. Although do keep it simple at this stage and stick to a pallet of just a few colours.

2. Your Kitchen Worktops

Your choice of worktop colour is equally important as it’s often the first thing many people see when they walk into the room. There are no hard and fast rules, a darker stone will always contrast beautifully with lighter coloured cabinets and vice versa but a cohesive colour scheme can be perfect if you are looking to create a crisp seamless look.

Tip 2: Consider the material of your worktop as well as the colour. Do you prefer the more uniform look and feel of a manmade quartz verses the irregular beauty and colour variants that are a feature of natural stone materials like marble and granite?

3. Your Flooring

Matching your kitchen flooring to your cabinets and worktops is essential. These three elements will take up the most space and be the biggest expanses of colour so consider how they will work in harmony together.

Tip 3: Select your material first as this will have a big impact on the look of your kitchen. Hardwood, tile, laminate and even concrete or rubber floors are popular choices. Think about whether you want it to blend in with your colour pallet or instead be a bold statement?

4. Your Wall Colours

Walls play an important role in tying the room together and setting the mood. This is an area where you can really get creative. Perhaps consider a bright and bold backsplash to introduce a pop of colour – be as unique as you dare. You may also consider the benefit of an accent wall, which will allow you to use a favourite paint colour without it taking over the entire room.

Tip 4: >Select colours that balance well with your cabinets, worktops and flooring. Painting walls in a neutral colour should complement most of your chosen elements or go for vibrant options if your floors and cabinetry have a more subtle pallet.

5 Your Hardware Colours

It is the small details of colour that can really stand out in your kitchen and make all the difference when finishing things off. There are no hard and fast rules about coordinating the colours of your hardware items such as your taps, cabinet handles, lighting fixtures and fittings.

Tip 5: The easiest way to ensure a coordinated look, is to match one type of hardware material throughout –perhaps stainless steel or brass. However, it can work equally well to incorporate multiple metal finishes into a single kitchen space. This really helps to create a truly bespoke space with a lot of personality and style and allows you to consider all the options and pick things you love.

Getting your colour scheme right may seem like an impossible task at first but if you choose a starting point and work your way through all the elements, considering your options carefully, you will end up with a beautiful space that you will love and enjoy spending time in for many years to come.