Move over cream, mid-tone colour on cabinetry is back - and here to stay. Dusty pink, soft blue, sage green and purple are taking centre stage in our cooking and living spaces
1 Refreshing blue-greens
‘Pale shades needn’t lack punch,’ says Jamie Telford, Director, Roundhouse. ‘We love the refreshing tones of this paint colour, which has a blue base warmed with green. It can be lifted further with limed-oak flooring and chunky oaks shelves. We doubt you’ll ever tire of it, but if you do the beauty of a painted kitchen is that the colour can be easily changed.’
2 Pretty in pink
‘Keeping strong colours, such as this Dusty Pink, to below eye-level will reduce their prominence in the room, allowing you to go a few shades bolder than you might otherwise dare,’ says Barry Walker, Executive Operations Manager, Chalon. ‘Use polished worktops such as granite or quartz in pale shades to bounce the light and keep the overall look fresh and uplifting. Timber accents on doorknobs and freestanding pieces will provide contrast and help stop the colour feeling flat.’
3 Pared-back aubergine
For a pretty kitchen with bags of country charm, turn to feminine shades such as soft aubergines and vintage rose. Don’t overdo it – a standout island unit will suffice. Pinks are from the warm side of the colour spectrum, so you can afford to introduce plenty of creamy background shades that will keep the décor on the sophisticated side of ‘girly’, and the overall look fresh.
4 Jewel tones
‘If your inner creative self is longing for rich tones but your more practical head is saying choose something timeless, consider using a brighter hue inside cabinetry for a stylish colour fix,’ suggests Kiran Noonan, Marketing Director, John Lewis of Hungerford. ‘Try exotic jewel tones – like this fabulous Persian Green – and create a striking backdrop for pure white china along the way. Install internal LEDs to bring the colour to life by night.’
5 Pigeon perfect
‘Varying the colour on kitchen cabinetry is a clever way to distort perspective and give the impression of more space,’ says Jasper Middleton, Design Director, Middleton Bespoke. ‘In this galley-style kitchen we used pale paint on the taller, more dominant cabinetry, making it appear to fade into the background a little. Painting the base units in a different, much darker shade helps draw the eyes away and distracts attention from the room’s narrow shape.’
6 Deep purples
Colour blocking is a great technique for replicating the relaxed feel of freestanding furniture within the more practical, easy-to-clean reality of a fitted kitchen. In this colourful kitchen, Farrow & Ball’s rich Brinjal makes the fitted corner dresser appear like a separate piece – boosting its presence in the room. ‘Keeping the walls and ceiling pale will provide a blank canvas for the cabinetry and really lets the colours sing,’ adds Gillian McCollum, Director, Murray & Murray.
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