Last week we had Project Comeback’s kitchen reveal on the blog. We saw a clean, bright, all-white kitchen. It is great inspiration for someone who is also looking to design a white or neutral kitchen. But what if you want to use colour in your kitchen? We have a large variety of finishes and colours to choose from for kitchen cabinets, tiles, stones and accessories. Yet, I find that though we are willing to experiment with all sorts of design elements in the rest of our homes, we tend to stay conservative in our kitchens. We’ll put in the latest fittings and appliances, but tend to prefer a neutral look. We don’t really experiment with kitchen colours.
Well, you can have great looking kitchens in any colour that you want them to be. Just like you pick your favourite colour for your bedroom, you can pick one for your kitchen too.
So let us take a look at some kitchens in different colours. In fact, I have them in every colour of the rainbow here!
Purple is associated with royalty. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Deep purple cabinets give this kitchen a rich, stylish look.
For those who like it softer, a lavender back splash and lavender accessories with fabric and flowers, make this kitchen a pretty picture.
A light counter in white marble balances off the indigo in the kitchen cabinets.
Another gorgeous dark blue kitchen here. The silvery grey patterned tiles match the silver appliances beautifully.
I love the way the dark wood counter adds a surprise contrast neutral to the indigo here.
Blue is apparently the most likable colour in the world, yet we rarely see it in our kitchens. It is associated with health, healing and tranquility. The bright blue with yellow accents makes this a very happy kitchen.
This kitchen is also blue and yellow, but the difference in the shades of the kitchen colours completely changes the mood and look here to a softer feel.
Green is the colour of nature. It has great healing power and is the most restful colour to the human eye. A bright green backsplash and my favourite décor accessories, plants, makes this a dream kitchen.
The pastel green gives a softer look to this kitchen. The copper tones in the accessories and wood colour add a beautiful contrast and brighten it up.
And just a few lime green accents make this white kitchen bright and cheerful.
Yellow is associated with joy, happiness and energy. This bright sunshine yellow kitchen would make you start every day with a smile!
The green plant accents with the yellow cabinets remind me of a fresh lime drink with a sprig of mint on a hot summer day.
Orange represents enthusiasm, creativity and success. The bright orange cabinets here are toned down by the white black splash and the light wood flooring.
If you find the bright orange too overpowering, you can go for peachy shades like this one.
Like a deep red velvet gown with silver embellishment… this kitchen is all about richness and luxury.
But if all red is too much for you, then you could use it as a pop-up colour, like in this red backsplash.
Just like in your other rooms, you don’t have to stick to one colour in your kitchen. Here the orange accents add a bright zing to a peaceful pale blue kitchen.
You can have more than 2 colours to have a multicoloured kitchen.
Notice how the kitchens are mostly neutral, with different colours being added to the cabinets…
or just the kitchen accessories.
Tips on Using Kitchen Colours:
In these pics we see plenty of ways of adding plenty of colour to our kitchens. Yet, it’s a little intimidating when you start planning colour on your own. What if the colour is too loud… or too soft… or just too much!? What if it doesn’t go with everything else? So here are a few tips to make designing with colour easier.
1. Take a look at all these photographs again. Even the brightest kitchen uses a neutral colour to hold the other colour/s together. Remember to use a neutral along with your colour. If the cabinets are coloured, use a netural on the counter top, walls or flooring. If your backsplash and walls are coloured, then go for neutral cabinets.
2. Black, white, grey, cream, beige and wood grains are easy neutrals to work with. They go with pretty much any colour.
3. It is not just the colour you choose that is important, but also which shade of that colour. Changing the shade of your colour can brighten or soften the room. So choose your shade by the look you prefer.
4. If you’re not sure how the tiles, counter, cabinets and accessories will look with each other, remember to take photographs of your selections and make a mood board.
5. Start small. You can add colour to your existing neutral kitchen just with the accessories: Napkins, towels, crockery, light fittings, handles, fabric and fresh flowers! If you like the look, then you can plan a remodel.
A large amount of time is spent in the kitchen every day. You want it to reflect who you are as much as the rest of your home, and look as good as the rest of your home does. So go for it. Make a dream kitchen with your dream kitchen colours!
Until next time,