1. PICK YOUR SHADE
While cream and white are the most popular colors for painted kitchens, sales of grey and soft blues are rising. If you fancy something a bit bolder, though, then rich aubergines and graphites are a good choice. If you’re not ready for a big hit of color, then limit it to key pieces such as an island and leave the rest of the room neutral.
2. ON TREND
Black painted kitchens are the latest trend to take over 2020. Often overlooked as purely an ‘accent’ color, black walls, cabinetry, and work surfaces are having something of a moment. Black becomes liveable, luxe and inviting, with textured woods adding rustic, homely charm.
3. COLOR IN
Colour is a powerful design tool – not only can it completely alter the mood of a kitchen, how much or how little you add will affect which parts of the room you’re drawn towards. The rule of thumb is to use color sparingly and in clearly defined areas. Colors should serve a purpose rather than be used at random. Go for a basic color and then use another to accent certain areas. Alternatively, try corresponding pairs, such as shades of green or blue, or play with natural tones and add more vibrant color to certain elements, for example, a shelf, a sideboard or a bench.
4. STAND OUT
Consider painting one element – a section of tall cupboards, perhaps – in a strong color, and then pick that up in your choice of pendant lights, cushions or chairs. Painting all the other cabinets in a softer, more muted color will provide balance, and works better than a whole room in a strong color.
5. BLUE MOOD
Soft blues are a timeless choice for the kitchen, working just as well on classic cabinetry as more modern doors. Along with fresh greens, they echo hues of the natural world, making them perfect for a kitchen that looks out onto a garden or striking views. Try balancing a delicate, icy blue with a calming, stronger tone for warmth and wow.
6. DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT
Darker shades, such as mossy greens, indigo blues, and graphite greys will add drama to a design. Make the shade work in almost any size of space by softening the effect. A scrubbed pine table or wall art helps to offset block color while you can bring in extra warmth with industrial-style lighting and metal stools.
7. SERENE GREEN
Green is having a moment, and we can certainly see why. Fresh, cool green can create a relaxing atmosphere in any room. It is associated with nature, outdoors, growth and creativity and, as it is such an organic shade, it is very easy to live with. The important thing is to pair whatever hue you choose with the right accent color to create a feeling of flow throughout a room.
8. SHADE OF GREY
We have seen the revival of grey in interiors over the past seasons but this time it’s combined with wood tones and refined marble instantly add modernity and warmth. Grey can give a calm and relaxed feel to the home, and is a fresh alternative to the classic neutral palette and acts as a great backdrop to introduce splashes of other colors. Grey is a timeless hue that you will never tire off.