How to Choose Colour for your Kitchen

How to Choose Colour for your Kitchen

Part two of a blog originally appearing on Lee Reeve’s Kitchen & Furniture painter

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Implementing a colour change can be a major part of this pivotal space, colour is such a transformational medium. Instantly creating a mood or giving a lift to an existing scheme. Colour is often one of the first elements you notice but often one of the last to be considered or implemented.


The perception of colour can have a dramatic effect depending on the environment. Choosing a kitchen unit or wall colour can often be the deciding factor in creating a successful scheme for your interior. When choosing a colour for your kitchen it is important to select a palette that will enhance the space and make best use of any natural light there may be. This is where it gets tricky as colour choice is subjective and a personal choice.When narrowing down the options consider how the colour marries with the flooring, worktops and tiles in the case of splash back.

The wall colour is also an important factor to consider, this is the finishing touch, the wraparound that your kitchen needs to be complete. Choosing a colour that enhances your new look is important. Mid tone neutrals are versatile and wont pull focus from the cabinets. In many cases a well chosen wall colour can add flow to a space and act as an ideal backdrop for accessories particularly those with rich colour.

Alternatively choosing a statement colour for a kitchen can create a stunning look. If you are not afraid of colour and the space can accept it then options such as navy, green, black and brown can be very effective. Tempering these options with lighter associated tones can provide a stylish and lasting effect. For a gentler introduction to statement colours these can be implemented in areas such as island units, dressers and occasional furniture.


Testing is important, be sure to see the colour on a larger swatch rather than what you see in colour cards or online brochures. This will give you a clearer indication of the finished result, testing your samples and paint colours in a variety of lighting conditions. Also put thought into the sheen level of the paint as the appearance of the colour will vary. Durability as well as appearance is important so it is always advisable to consult with your tradesperson regarding the paint finishes available. Along with colour, light is so important. Be sure to see your samples in the natural light at various times of the day in order to better gauge the overall appearance and effect.

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