Kitchen colour ideas to create a vibrant lift to your space

Pick a shade that will give your kitchen a vibrant lift and create a welcoming space for cooking and entertaining.

With the kitchen now a multi-purpose room designed as much for living as it is for cooking, it is important to find a kitchen colour scheme that you will love for years to come.

Neutrals aren’t for everyone and the sizeable cost of a new kitchen shouldn’t dictate that you play it safe. It’s more a case of choosing how and where to introduce colour, picking spots 
that can be easily updated, and introducing shades that mirror the colour palette in the rest of your home. ‘It’s amazing how a change of paint colour or
 some new tiles can give a kitchen a completely fresh look, picking up on different accents within the home,’ adds Rob Whitaker, creative director, Fired

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Choosing a kitchen colour scheme is such a personal experience – in fact no one knows for 
sure whether we all even see the myriad shades in the same way. Mark Wilkinson, founder of Mark Wilkinson Furniture, believes that the colours we 
choose automatically are naturally influenced by current fashions. ‘The colour in a kitchen – be it on walls or fittings – should last for at least five years, 
minimum, so try to look beyond immediate trends and choose a colour that will keep you feeling good long term,’ he advises. Warm colours, between red 
and yellow on the colour spectrum, are ‘advancing’ so tend to be exciting and stimulating, while cool colours at the green and blue end of the spectrum 
‘recede’ and are more soothing. Pick up the colour cards from leading paint manufacturers for inspiration.

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Kitchens are rife with colour opportunities, from appliances and flooring, to window treatments and cabinets. Start by deciding how much of permanent commitment you are willing to make. One of easiest and least expensive options is to paint a wall can be easily updated should you tire of it.