Looking for painted kitchens? One of the most appealing and varied finishes for kitchen cabinetry, paint lends itself to both the classic looks of the traditional kitchen and to crisply modern linear designs. The advantage is in its almost limitless choice of colours, allowing you free rein to express yourself, whether your home is period or contemporary, country or urban. And you can always re-paint if you want a change or update in the future.
Colour is important in all room schemes, and it’s only too easy to forget about colour in the kitchen, with the vast choice of timber and white schemes available. For a classic, timeless look, we sometimes err on the side of safety and choose a completely neutral scheme, forgetting that a little lift of colour can cheer up a room immensely. Painted finishes work well for timeless schemes, and of course, can be updated at a later stage if you’re confident enough with a paintbrush.
The main thing to remember is to thoroughly clean the surfaces, especially if they’re textured. Remove handles and knobs, and use a matt or satin finish for the best results – acrylic eggshell is a good formulation to choose. For understated ‘heritage’ shades, look at colours from Fired Earth, Little Greene, and Farrow & Ball. Walls can be contrasting in white or muted tones from a similar palette. Equally, a ‘splash of colour’ can be added by the choice of glass splash-backs in jewel-like colours – available from the leading DIY stores at very affordable prices, or concentrate on adding colour with accessories such as bar stools or chairs.
It is the versatility of paint that makes it a favourite for kitchens. Whether you opt for in-frame, Shaker-style or a modern handle-less design, paint adds a subtle reference to the past. ‘When we commission furniture, we tend to look back at our history,’ says kitchen designer Oliver Peake. ‘Painted cabinetry has elements of tradition, even if you design it in a modern style, and most of us feel comfortable with that timeless quality.’
When planning your colour palette, start by considering the room’s size and design and choice of flooring. Soft neutral shades are easy to live with in even the smallest spaces, while on-trend grey can look coolly architectural in a modern room, or warm and inviting when teamed with wood. Large rooms with lots of natural light can support a bolder paint colour choice.
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1. ON TREND
Black painted kitchens are the latest trend to take over 2020. Often overlooked as purely an ‘accent’ colour, black walls, cabinetry and work surfaces are having something of a moment. Black becomes liveable, luxe and inviting, with textured woods adding rustic, homely charm.
2. PICK YOUR SHADE
While cream and white are the most popular colours for painted kitchens, sales of grey and soft blues are rising. If you fancy something a bit bolder, though, then rich aubergines and graphites are a good choice. If you’re not ready for a big hit of colour, then limit it to key pieces such as an island and leave the rest of the room neutral.
3. COLOUR IN
Colour is a powerful design tool – not only can it completely alter the mood of a kitchen, how much or how little you add will affect which parts of the room you’re drawn towards. The rule of thumb is to use colour sparingly and in clearly defined areas. Colours should serve a purpose rather than be used at random. Go for a basic colour and then use another to accent certain areas. Alternatively, try corresponding pairs, such as shades of green or blue, or play with natural tones and add a more vibrant colour to certain elements, for example a shelf, a sideboard or a bench.
4. STAND OUT
‘Consider painting one element – a section of tall cupboards, perhaps – in a strong colour, and then pick that up in your choice of pendant lights, cushions or chairs,’ says Scott Nicholson, MD of Chamber Furniture. ‘Painting all the other cabinets in a softer, more muted colour will provide balance, and works better than a whole room in a strong colour,’ says Scott Nicholson.
5. BLUE MOOD
Soft blues are a timeless choice for the kitchen, working just as well on classic cabinetry as more modern doors. Along with fresh greens, they echo hues of the natural world, making them perfect for a kitchen that looks out onto a garden or striking views. Try balancing a delicate, icy blue with a calming, stronger tone for warmth and wow.
6. DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT
Darker shades, such as mossy greens, indigo blues and graphite greys will add drama to a design. Make the shade work in almost any size of space by softening the effect. A scrubbed pine table or wall art helps to offset block colour while you can bring in extra warmth with industrial-style lighting and metal stools.
7. SERENE GREEN
Green is having a moment, and we can certainly see why. Fresh, cool green can create a relaxing atmosphere in any room. It is associated with nature, outdoors, growth and creativity and, as it is such an organic shade, it is very easy to live with. The important thing is to pair whatever hue you choose with the right accent colour to create a feeling of flow throughout a room.
8. SHADE OF GREY
We have seen the revival of grey in interiors over the last seasons but this time it’s combined with wood tones and refined marble instantly add modernity and warmth. Grey can give a calm and relaxed feel to the home, and is a fresh alternative to the classic neutral palette and acts as a great backdrop to introduce splashes of other colours. Grey is a timeless hue that you will never tire off.