Changing the colour of your kitchen is not only a significant investment but also a daunting one! Going from an all-white kitchen to a splash of vibrancy through the finishing touches sounds like a drastic change, but trust us when we say it is well worth it. There are many fabulous kitchen colour ideas that can transform your space from a dull and lifeless area into a socialising hub that makes a statement. You can combine colours to create shade contrasts and define sections, or you can go all out by completely refreshing your space – the options are endless!
As specialists in kitchens in Milton Keynes, our experts have their fair share of wonderful tips on creating the perfect design that fuses style with functionality. To give you a helping hand, we have devised a guide detailing not only the trending colour schemes but also how to pick the right palette for your home.
Kitchen Colour Ideas: A Guide To Finding The Perfect Kitchen Colour Scheme
Whether you have recently moved into a new home and are planning renovations or want to give your existing property a new lease of life, designing a kitchen is by far one of the most exciting projects. The kitchen, while one of the most used rooms in the home, is often neglected in terms of decor. Functionality always becomes a priority, which can make it tricky to design a space that also encompasses a touch of personality. Nevertheless, with plenty of research, tones of design inspiration and the expertise of our kitchen fitters in Milton Keynes, this challenging prospect becomes a straightforward project.
At the heart of every successful kitchen design is a colour scheme that creates a solid foundation to work from, allowing you to piece together each component with ease. Luckily, there are a wealth of stunning kitchen colour schemes, most of which you can find amongst our project portfolio. So to get started, let’s take a closer look at the following:
- Tips For Choosing Colour Schemes For Kitchen
- This Year’s Trending Kitchen Wall Colours
- 5 Popular Kitchen Colour Combinations
With so many beautiful shade combinations to choose from, you will never be short for ideas when looking for colour schemes for a kitchen. However, there are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind that will help you to begin shortlisting options; our top tips include the following:
- Understand How Colour Palettes Work: The first step is to familiarise yourself with how colour palettes blend, as not all colour combinations will work. Using the colour wheel, you will be able to determine which colours are complementary and which are analogous, then start to experiment with combinations. Take a look at Ballard Designs for an excellent article on how to get started on this.
- Keep It Refined: If you have lots of different colours you like, it can be tempting to attempt to include them all, but our advice is to keep it refined. Too many colours can make your kitchen look a little overwhelming, so it is recommended to use the 60-30-10 rule. This is a theory used by top interior designers and allows you to perfectly balance your three key colours. Find out more about this rule on The Spruce.
- Consider Your Kitchen Size: It isn’t uncommon for homes in the UK to have smaller kitchens, and if you are one of the many, this doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on your interior design. The secret will be to use lighter colours and use natural light to your advantage, creating the illusion of a more spacious kitchen. Avoid using dark shades as your primary colour, as this can enclose the room and make it appear less welcoming.
- Choose Lighting Carefully: The lighting inside your kitchen can have an immense impact on how your chosen colours appear. Typically natural light offers the most accurate representation of the colour, and artificial alternatives will alter the shade lightly. Always test out the bulbs you plan to fit against your favourite shades to determine whether you will still like them when natural light is no longer used.
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Each year, we are introduced to new fabulous interior design trends, and with so many stunning ideas to choose from, every homeowner is guaranteed to find an option that complements their style. We are always eager to get stuck into a new project, and it’s ever so exciting to see the beautiful colour combinations our clients choose. If you are stuck for inspiration, then here are some of the top kitchen wall colours for this year.
A trend that has taken over the fashion industry, as well as interior design, is dark forest green. When paired with glass cabinets and gold accessories on an eclectic design, forest green walls look absolutely stunning. Most who choose a darker shade opt for a matte finish on their cabinets to make the design less intense, creating a moody yet sophisticated atmosphere. Take a look at Decoist for more green kitchen ideas!
Kitchen Featured: Fitzroy
For a crisp, fresh kitchen aesthetic, there is no better colour than muted blue. With connotations to peace, calmness and tranquillity, lighter shades of blue are great for opening up the space and creating a kitchen that you can use as a retreat at the end of a busy day. They also work great with many other colours such as white, grey and pastel pink. The project pictured below is just one example of how muted blue can be incorporated into your entire design, not just on the walls.
Kitchen Featured: Second Nature Ellerton
If you are looking for a complete kitchen overhaul and are brave enough to go bold, then you cannot get more vibrant than an orange theme. Due to the daring nature of orange, we recommend using this shade on just one feature wall as opposed to all 4, as this runs the risk of enclosing the space. You could even incorporate this fabulously energetic shade into features such as your splashback, appliances or shelving!
Kitchen Featured: Almond Milbourne Kitchen
The idea of an all-black kitchen can be daunting to many, but it can offer a sophisticated look with a modern touch, especially when you incorporate a matte style. When using this theme, it is essential to consider lighting, as this will help you make the room bright and welcoming rather than dark and gloomy. Matte black also looks super sleek when accompanied by glamourous gold or silver finishes, along with a glossy worktop.
Kitchen Featured: Mornington Shaker & Beaded
Although an unconventional colour for a kitchen, pastel purple, when used well, creates an effortlessly luxurious touch to your design, offering the ultimate wow factor. Much like when incorporating orange, it will be important to balance your purple colour scheme, combining this statement shade with white and grey, for example. While purple may not have been used on the walls, we absolutely love the stunning 1909 in-frame kitchen we designed and installed for our client, which is pictured below. It is just one example of how thinking outside the box can prove hugely successful!
Kitchen Featured: 1909 In-Frame Shaker
Your chosen colour combination can really bring your kitchen to life, creating a space that you cannot wait to show off to your friends and family. However, if you are new to the world of interior design and colour palettes, the endless options can be a little overwhelming. So why not take a look at the most popular kitchen colour combinations amongst our clients?
1. Grey Shades With Silver & Black Finishes
As a timeless combination, grey shades with silver and black finishes will never go out of fashion and will continue to look modern for many years to come. The nature of grey tones means that you can choose to go light or dark, depending on your preferred aesthetic and the size of your kitchen. For those using more than one shade of grey, consider creating a gradient from the worktop down, choosing a lighter worksurface, darker cabinets and an even deeper tone for the flooring. This helps each section stand out and stops the eyes from being drawn to one specific area, allowing your kitchen design to blend seamlessly. In fact, the gradient technique can be used for many colour combinations – find a host of fabulous examples over on Coolors!
Kitchen Featured: Porter
2. Cream With Golden Finishes
Cream kitchens have been a staple design for many years, able to create a calm, tranquil space while making the room appear bigger, ideal for smaller rooms. However, instead of opting for a plain white or cream kitchen, why not consider pairing your design with chic finishing touches?
Gold has hit the interior design scene by storm, and we love how a simple touch of gold can have a dramatic impact on the entire look and feel of the kitchen. Gold handles stand out beautifully against cream cabinets, and it couldn’t be easier to make this a consistent feature through gold taps, light fixtures and more. Even the innovative Quooker Fusion tap, which is popular amongst our clients, is available in a gold or patinated brass finish!
Kitchen Featured – Hunton
3. White With Marble Finishes
Speaking of creams, white is another classic kitchen colour scheme that many of our client’s love, especially when creating a contemporary look. White cabinets with a glossy finish are ideal for achieving a beautifully elegant look paired with a handless design. To take your design to the next level, incorporating a marble worktop will look stunning against bright white cabinets, allowing you to then add a pop of colour through your finishing touches. This is a great way to future proof your kitchen, meaning that should you want to experiment with a different colour scheme in the future, only accessories will need to be updated.
When adding marble to your kitchen design, you will be surprised at the number of options to choose from. While a traditional white and grey marble is often the most popular, our worktop suppliers including, CRL Quartz, Dekton and Sensa, have a vast range of other colours and materials. This includes everything from black marble to grey, forest green and dusty pink.
Worktop Featured: CRL Quartz
4. Neutral With Mixed Wood Finishes
Although many of our clients opt for a sleek, glossy finish when designing their contemporary kitchen in Milton Keynes, this isn’t the only method of creating a super chic aesthetic that reflects the modern era. The past few years have seen the return of natural finishes combining neutral shades with mixed wood to create a subtle yet striking design. This is an excellent way to incorporate the industrial interior design theme while still adding a touch of beauty.
If you wish to create a more traditional look in the kitchen, then using different shades of wood with a classic design can add a modern touch to the kitchen while remaining vintage. An easy way to achieve this is by installing a darker colour wood then pairing it with brass or copper handles. You can complete this with stunning wooden stools, tables and chairs to create varying textures of wood.
Kitchen Featured: Alpina
5. Combination Of Subtle & Vibrant
If you are looking to make a dramatic impact, fusing subtle hues with vibrant shades is an excellent way to create a statement design. This is ideal for homeowners adding a touch of colour to a light kitchen or who want to add a splash of character to a contemporary design. It will be entirely your choice whether you opt for a bold kitchen throughout or incorporate touches of vibrancy through smaller features such as the splashback.
For those hoping to combine different aesthetics for a more unique design, we suggest working with professional designers to create a bespoke kitchen. Our team have extensive experience designing traditional, contemporary and modern kitchens in Milton Keynes, able to bring your vision to life through premium quality products.
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Which Colour Scheme Will You Choose?
It takes a lot of time and consideration before deciding upon a colour scheme for your kitchen, so it is important to take time to shortlist various options to determine your favourite. The colours used in your space can have a dramatic impact on the overall feel, either opening up the room for a spacious atmosphere or making it appear overcrowded. If you are unsure of which option suits your style and would like some first-hand inspiration, please feel free to visit our team at our kitchen showroom in Milton Keynes. Here you can find a range of beautiful kitchen layouts, styles and accessories to help you create the perfect bespoke design!