Your kitchen renovation colour scheme is one of the final elements added to your new cooking space, and yet, it is often the thing that defines your kitchen’s overall aesthetic the most.
There are many kitchen colour faux pas that should be avoided as there are tried and tested colour schemes that work in almost any space; this article will look at the latter. Read on for our guide to choosing paint colours for your kitchen with ten combination ideas for your next kitchen remodeling.
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1. Black and White
Black and white; the timeless duo! Black and white will always be dancing to the same tune and will never go out of fashion. No matter what styles and trends come and go, you can be sure that this combination is the G.O.A.T for kitchen interior design.
If you are looking for a natural element to compliment this perfect marriage of tones, try blonde wood finishes on cabinet doors, drawers and island panels to accent the strong contrast, as darker timbers tend to get lost in the mix.
Chrome and stainless steel love to compliment black and white, which are the most common finishes used on major kitchen appliances like ovens, stove tops, and range hoods; this makes a black and white contrast one of the most future-proof choices in our kitchen selection.
2. Green and Gold
You can apply gold and green contrasts in several ways in your kitchen renovation. One of the most successful ways to combine these stunning complementary colours is by pairing mid to dark green cabinetry with copper or brass fixtures such as:
- Cabinet handles
- Copper splashbacks
If you plan to install composite stone benches or countertops in your kitchen renovation, try picking a stone composite with gold flecks. Green curtains are another excellent way to highlight your green cabinetry.
3. Shades of Blue
Blue on blue sounds like too much; however, if you get the opposing shades of light and dark blue just right, it can create a stunning effect. Aim for a lighter shade of blue on major features, such as:
- Cabinet doors
Then introduce the darker shades of blue in the undertones and highlights, examples of which could include:
- Window treatments
- Island tops
Not all dark and white blues match, so it’s essential to make sure you match complementary hues.
4. Dark Grey and Green
Mixing dark stormy greys with a light shade of green can produce an incredible effect, especially when using blonde timber or light stone benchtops with white painted walls and tiles.
The grey is best kept for heavy items such as island panels, cabinet doors and drawers, while the green can be used with accessories, such as stools and appliances.
Having rustic copper fixtures in your kitchen renovation, like taps, faucets, and cabinet handles that develop greenish verdigris and patina when tarnished can also work wonderfully with this interesting contrast of colours.
5. Blue and Orange
These two colours are diametrically opposed on the colour wheel and may seem at odds to a fledgling colour coordinator; however, these colours give an energetic lift to a kitchen when made to contrast correctly.
While this colour scheme might be too much in big doses, it can be broken up with white walls and overhead cabinetry. Try a bold citrus orange with a softer blue hue.
6. Red and Yellow
This warm colour combination is common in European kitchens and suits a farmhouse or classic kitchen style. You will see the best results by using more of a golden yellow paired with a deep red, like a fire engine.
If you have a small kitchen where you want to feel more open, try using the golden yellow as an anchor colour, adding red accents with appliances, pots and pans and other displayed items. White walls can make this combination stand out more, enhancing the depth of field.
7. Grey and Purple
Purple is bold; however, a deep purple can be very regal when tethered by a more neutral base colour like a charcoal grey, making the purple tones less intimidating.
White walls also help support the bold purple; however, a light colour like beige may throw the whole mix off; best keep to a bright white like an arctic white.
Navy-blue and white may seem bold; however, it can work just as reliably as a classic black and white; think about the moon and night sky, which work in perfect harmony.
This is often an easy DIY change as white walls and cabinets are already a standard fixture. This allows you to simply paint your cabinet doors and drawer fronts, transforming your kitchen with minimal effort.
9. Black and Red
Black and red is a bold finish but is a colour combination as safe as black and white. Though it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, black and red can look amazing in houses with dark open beams and dark wooden flooring.
You can also be sparing with your red, leaving it for a bold island or a feature splashback, complemented with red iron pots or appliances like toasters and kettles.
You can also create a more profound contrast by painting your cabinets black to frame deep red cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Consider using contrasting handles, like charcoal or matte black handles.
This colour contrast is great for industrial or gothic home decors or used in a kitchen with dark marble bench and island tops.
10. Pink and White
With so many colours on our list being deeply contrasted, pink and white can go either way. Hot pink on white will be wonderfully outrageous if you are looking for a show-stopping combination.
However, using a soft pink with white walls and light timber floors can give an almost dreamy feel, opening your kitchen space up, especially in a kitchen with lots of natural light.
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