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Ways to add colour to your kitchen (Part 1)

Colour plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live and has a crucial role to play in our everyday lives. It is a form of non-verbal communication which can sway our thinking, change our actions, cause reactions and affect well-being. Colour matters… and incorporating colour into our kitchens matters too!

There are many ways to add colour – below are some great ideas that might inspire.


  • Consider scale – a big kitchen can take coloured cabinets more easily, particularly if there’s a lot of natural light.
  • In a north-facing room choose warm shades such as reds and oranges to help compensate for lack of direct sunlight.
  • Combine bright coloured cabinets with textured worktops or flooring for a more balanced, softer effect.
  • Pastels are a great compromise between primary shades and subtle neutrals.
  • Try a new colour on cabinets without committing. Simply paint a large piece of cardboard and attach it to the current cabinet door to see how it looks at different times of the day.


  • Bold coloured appliances can go out of fashion. Pick a shade that’s timeless, eg. pale grey or duck-egg blue.
  • Red is a popular appliance colour choice but reds can vary enormously. Burgundy red feels more traditional, while candy-apple red is more retro. So, make sure you see in the flesh before you buy.
  • If pattern appeals, look out for limited-edition range cookers and fridges by established manufacturers.
  • Displaying coloured appliances together will maximise impact, while spreading them out can create unity in a larger kitchen.


  • Feature walls, which concentrate colour in one area, are a great way to jazz up a neutral kitchen. Choose plain, smooth wall that can be easily be repainted when you feel like a change.
  • Think about the paint finish. Matt emulsion provides a flat colour with slight textural quality, while satin or eggshell has a soft sheen that’s easier to clean.
  • If you have an open-plan scheme, carry your chosen colour through from one area to the other to create a smoother flow.

Tiles & Splashbacks:

  • Think about scale. If covering a large area in a small room, tone down the colour choice accordingly.
  • For a softer look, materials such as glass, laminate and composite can be cut to form curves.
  • Look beyond colour when it comes to tiles and splashbacks – the function is to protect walls, so ensure they are waterproof, easy to clean and repel grease.


  • Let your imagination run wild – think colourful chopping boards, crockery, storage tins, textiles, bread bins and cake-stands!
  • Some major online retailers allow you to research for products according to colour for easy coordination and many high street retailers colour block within their displays.
  • Larger supermarkets stock inexpensive colourful accessories. Easy to change your scheme with the seasons, your mood or simply when you decide you want a refresh.

More inspirational ways to add colour to your kitchen next month.

30th Aug 2019