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Ways to add colour to your kitchen (Part 2)

A shot of colour can create quite an impact in the kitchen. Whether it’s adding a splash or undertaking a complete overhaul, there are many ways to create a colourful environment in the heart of your home.

Ways to add colour to your kitchen – Part 1 explored injecting colour via cabinets, appliances, paint, tiles and accessories. However, there are many more alternatives – possibly some of these may inspire ….


  • Keep furniture neutral throughout and then indulge in one or two standout colourful pieces that are real talking points
  • Alternatively paint existing pieces of furniture – this can be one of the quickest and cheapest ways to transform your space. Paint brands’ websites are often a good source of inspiration and provide how-to guides
  • In open plan spaces, create design cohesion by choosing / painting bar stools, dining furniture and office chairs in shades similar to those used in the kitchen zone
  • Plate racks can be painted in a coordinated shade. Cabinets and dressers can add drama to darker corners.


  • Less is more when it comes to colourful worktops. If choosing a strong, vibrant colour, make sure other surfaces are in subtler hues
  • Don’t overlook wood – certain woods such as walnut, cherry and zebrano can add colour and warmth to a kitchen
  • Display coordinating accessories in shelves or glass cabinets above coloured worktops to maximise impact
  • Consider using block - colour worktops that wrap around the cabinetry. Running stone, for example, vertically down the side of a cabinet provides double the impact and can look very dramatic


  • If you opt for colourful tiled flooring, pair back the colour elsewhere to ensure the flooring is the hero, then choose accessories that coordinate or compliment
  • If you just fancy a change without laying a new floor, specialist floor paint can transform old wooden floorboards
  • Rubber tiles or rolls are another option for those looking to inject colour. Easy to clean and hardwearing, rubber flooring is often available in a wide range of colours
  • A well-placed rug can also add plenty of colour without being a permanent fixture


  • Updating window treatments and cushions is a quick and inexpensive way to introduce new colour and pattern to a kitchen
  • Upholstered furniture can help bring much-needed colour to darker corners
  • Oilcloth is a popular and practical covering for the kitchen table – often available in a wide range of colours and patterns
  • Lime green and lemon yellow adds freshness to a kitchen without overpowering and works well for kitchen textiles


  • Try bright pendants in outsized proportions for impact or alternatively a row (uneven in number) of smaller pendants along the length of a kitchen island
  • If you want to introduce coloured lighting, install if on a separate circuit so that it can be used independently when you want to create extra ambiance or drama

10th Sep 2019