What to consider when choosing a kitchen colour scheme

When you’re redesigning or remodelling your kitchen, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is the colour scheme. There are plenty of options out there so it’s important to start with a rough idea in mind to avoid being completely overwhelmed. It’s not just about the walls and floors, you’ll need to factor in all the little things, too, like your kettle, toaster, sink, cabinetry and so on... 

To help you create the kitchen of your dreams, here’s a few things to consider when choosing a kitchen colour scheme. 

Cabinet colours

Your cabinets take up a large portion of the visual space in your kitchen, so you want to make sure you get them absolutely right. Sometimes, replacing key elements of a kitchen - like the door fronts and worktops - for a new colour or style can bring life back to an older kitchen, without having to replace the core structure of the design. The cabinet material will obviously play a role, with woodgrains bringing inherent characteristics depending on the type and finish, or you may opt for painted or coloured cabinetry. Depending on your overall colour scheme, you may wish to keep them all in one coherent colour.

Or, an up-and-coming trend is to choose a two-tone palette across different areas of the kitchen, which can help create the illusion of more space. Your wall cabinets could be different to your base cabinets, for example, or a variant design for your island. You could choose complementary colours and similar shades or make a statement with bold contrasts, drawing attention to specific areas of your kitchen. This juxtaposition can create a real wow-factor.   


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Appliance colours

If you’re opting for built-in appliances then you needn’t worry about choosing their colours – they’ll be neatly tucked away behind your cabinets! But if that’s not the case then a general rule of thumb is to make sure that all of your appliances are the same colour or at least within the same colour family, whether it be a coloured enamel, stainless steel, copper or brass. 


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If you’ve opted for a slightly darker colour scheme, then you’ll need lots of lighting to enhance the room and help create the illusion of a larger space. If you’re choosing lots of bright and airy natural colours then you might perhaps need less artificial lighting, but it’s always a good idea to make use of natural lighting as much as possible no matter your colour scheme. The more natural light you have flooding into your kitchen, the truer your colours will look.  

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Your kitchen worktops are probably something you’ll think about before you’ve even settled on a colour scheme. But be sure to consider your options carefully: there are a lot of worktop styles to choose from. Quartz, granite and marble are all popular choices among homeowners, but which kitchen worktop is best for you? Each style has its own pros and cons, but ultimately, it depends on the colour scheme you’ve chosen for your kitchen and whether or not it ties in with that.

If you need more inspiration on choosing a colour scheme for your kitchen, download our Insider Guide to Kitchen Colour, with helpful tips and features on colour psychology, mood boards and more.

 Download 'An Insider Guide to Kitchen Colour'

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