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 Earth.
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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.
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.
Practicality and beauty go hand in hand in this scheme, whose colours and mood are evocative of old Dutch paintings. Simple shelving and a freestanding dresser, rather than wall-hung cabinets, offset the rich chocolate palette, for an open, relaxed feel. The dark walls work to absorb imperfections and even out textures, but there are still some tactile elements. Brooding, dark colours often work best when used dramatically and uncompromisingly. Putting a rich brown-black on both walls and cabinetry creates a bold statement that feels as historic as it does chic.