Need a bit of colour in your kitchen?

Need a bit of colour in your kitchen?
January 22, 2019 Richard Hibbert
adding colour to a kitchen

2019 is all about injecting colour, not being bare. Combinations of drawers and cabinets in shades of green, dusty pinks and turquoise, will be seen offset with stone or metallic worktops and glass or tiled splashbacks. But you don’t necessarily need a entirely new kitchen to add some colour to your life. We show you how it’s easily done.

A kitchen is a much loved room in a house and sometimes a crisp, clean and modern design can appear too stark or clinical. Therefore it makes sense that you might want to use colour to add some warmth, personality and a bit of energy to your space.

What colour to choose?

For those of you that want to be on-trend, ‘Living Coral’ was the Pantone colour of the year in 2018 and is set to be a firm favourite in the coming year. ‘Spiced Honey’ is the Dulux Colour of the Year for 2019 – a warm golden brown, this shade is neutral and versatile, without being boring. And green, in many shades, is also being cited as this year’s ‘new blue’.

Of course you need to make sure that the colour you choose is one that you like and can live with, so if you are unsure then introduce it gradually.

One of the best ways to add dimension to your kitchen is by adding an accent colour. This colour can be added to the room in a number of ways. Here are our top tips on the best way to use an accent colour in a kitchen:

Colourful islands

If you are about to embark on a new kitchen project then choosing a strong or bright colour for your island is an easy way to introduce colour, and you can be safe in the knowledge that its impact will always be limited. By choosing a striking colour for an island you can create contrast by using more neutral colours for the other kitchen cabinets.

This kitchen that we designed for a client in Bury St Edmunds includes a striking blue island unit which is complimented by the dark grey units elsewhere, giving a bold contrast and adding a little more fun to an otherwise sleek and simple design.

adding colour to a kitchen

Statement splashbacks

Your stove and cooking area are usually the main focus of the room, which means they are often the first thing people notice when they come in. A striking way to create a colourful statement in your kitchen is with your splashback.

This kitchen, designed for a client in Cambridge, includes a glass backsplash in a zingy, bright colour that was simple to install, looks great and is easy to clean.

Funky splashbacks are having a moment
, so consider choosing from tiles with creative patterns or mulitiple colours like this kitchen example from one of our recent kitchen designs. These sea blue metro tiles have been laid in brick effect pattern, bringing even more interest to this strip of wall.

adding colour to a kitchen

Feature walls

Painting a feature wall in a bold colour is even more straightforward and less expensive than fitting colourful splashback glass panels or tiles.

This kitchen that we designed for a client in Suffolk, includes neutral cabinets combined with a strong statement wall which creates an inspiring space.

adding colour to a kitchen

Accessorise brightly

Open shelves with bright china, books and artwork bring a burst of colour. This is a flexible way to punctuate a white kitchen. Brightly coloured blinds and colourful soft furnishings such as seat-pads, curtains, tea-towels and oven gloves can also inject some vibrancy into your kitchen design.

The overall appearance of the modern, clean lines of this kitchen for a client in Sudbury, was complimented with a red glass splash back behind the cooker that added a unique finishing touch to the room. The owners bought other red coloured accessories to match.

adding colour to a kitchen

Install colourful appliances

If you’re designing a kitchen from scratch, consider fitting colourful appliances. Many ovens, ranges and fridge-freezers are available in multiple shades to bring a slice of colour to your kitchen. Although this is more of a splurge option, it’s a statement piece you’ll have for many years.

Our client’s duck-egg blue Aga is the deserved focal point in their kitchen. Our design included glass of the same colour as the Aga throughout the kitchen design.

adding colour to a kitchen


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