Isn’t colour a wonderful thing? In an instant it can change our moods, tell us if we’re hungry or not, or even make a small space look and feel much larger (if you have any doubts about whether colour really is that powerful, feel free to read up on Colour Psychology).
Of course it’s no surprise that colour remains one of the top tools used by interior designers, seeing as those tints and tones remain a great way to express personality. And that takes us to the kitchen, seeing as the heart of any home is always tasked with showing off heaps of character. In the olden days, the kitchen took on an all-or-nothing approach in terms of colour—who could forget those avocado green surfaces of the 1970s? Fortunately, time and trend have moved us on to more restrained colour palettes, with neutrals and earthy shades being the norm these days.
But of course nobody is forcing you to stick to off-white and mocha beige if that’s not what you deem fit for your kitchen. So, for everyone who loves nothing more than a coloured kitchen (yet chooses to stay away from those in-your-face hues like shocking pink or parakeet green), let’s take a look at some more characterful-yet-stylish options…
Don’t discount grey. Yes, it’s the love child of black and white, but it comes in so many different tints that one almost forgets it’s a neutral hue (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
Grey can always be counted upon to give balance, because it is dependable and practical. Plus we can have endless fun sifting through the various names of grey hues (i.e. squirrel, grandma, cloudy, fossil, charcoal… ). Grey can also easily be cold or warm, depending on which colour you mix into it.
Best used: Along with soft feminine hues in the kitchen (like a dusty peach or pale salmon) to help calm the mood and lessen the visual heat of the cooking space.
Similar to Cyan, teal is a blue-green hue that’s not meant for every person – and definitely not every room. It flaunts its natural vibe with much attitude, yet also possesses a certain quality of balance and tranquillity not found in all natural colours, especially the cooler ones.
Its main benefit is that it conjures up a relaxing vibe, making it the perfect colour choice for a space where you go to unwind at the end of a long day, like the bedroom. And that is precisely what makes it such a unique choice for the kitchen, which is considered a working zone above all. After all, who wouldn’t want to feel calm and relaxed while chopping onions?
Best used: Against stark whites and glossy surfaces to make those cooler tones come out and make us think of exotic, island-like places like Greece and Barcelona. On the other hand, teal can also ensure a bit of character for your kitchen in smaller doses like select décor pieces and accessories.
If you’re going for a rich and regal colour, we suggest violet. The epitome of wealth and extravagance, this purple tone is known for its impression of power. It’s somewhere between the tranquillity of blue and the liveliness of red, and that’s what makes it so mysterious.
Best used: When teamed with fresh white or soft greys, which allows violet to become the star of the colour palette. It also accessorises beautifully with pale wooden surfaces.
Classic and timeless, safe and calming – we could only be talking about navy. Known for being one of the more elegant blue hues, navy has a certain peacefulness about it – probably because so few people use it, seeing as they’re scared it can cool down a room or make it seem too cramped.
Best used: Splashed on your cabinet fronts along with modern white, rattan lights and rustic-looking stools/chairs. The rattan surfaces will give an earthy element to the cool blue.
To call a colour “pale reddish brown” sounds wrong on so many levels. Rather just use the name “russet” – those who know their designs and colours will instantly know what you’re referring to.
It’s a fact that warm and earthy tones create a sense of cosiness and safety in a space. It’s also true that red remains a powerful colour for anything related to food, as it stimulates one’s appetite. Well, russet is not technically red, yet it does provide some of its warmth. Think of it as an earthier version of red that’s more grounded, yet has the ability to look quite elegant!
Best used: In an open-plan kitchen with mid-toned wood, blush pinks, and whites.
Like blue, green is known as a natural and calming colour, albeit not quite as cold. It stands for harmony, growth and balance, and flaunts spring-like qualities.
Lately, people seem to be having more of a passion for bringing greenery into their kitchens. This is evidenced by so many kitchen designs showing botanical prints, potted plants and green surfaces splashed about. To get in on this fresh trend, pick one of the many soft green hues available (like apple, lime, celery ice, sunny glade… ) and add it to your cooking space. We recommend soft apple-tinted cabinets paired with a slightly darker tiled backsplash (like fern), along with warmer wooden surfaces for your floors and/or countertops.
Best used: With dark-toned worktops
Yellow signifies enlightenment and energy, making it ideal for a space in which we kick off each day – like the kitchen where we have our morning coffee/tea? Imagine a lovely little breakfast corner coated in cheery bumblebee yellow! Now add a touch of contrasting colour (maybe some blue textiles or a blush pink wall art) to it, and you’re on the right track to having one of the best kitchens!
Best used: With softer neutrals (like off-white) to make the yellow seem more prominent, as well as marble-style flooring.
From one room to another, see The best bedroom colour ideas for a trendy look.