Classic kitchens can easily be given a new lease of life with a smart paint refresh. If you don’t want to lose the classic look you’ve achieved in your kitchen, keep your colours and tones neutral, light and fresh.
Natural elements are the stars of this kitchen wood and stone, teamed with the freshness of white and a tougher edge introduced through the staineless steel oven and industrial-style pendant lamp. A stand-alone colour has been introduced by painting the island unit in an eye-catching green. Keeping the rest of the scheme neutral means you can experiment with colour.
If you’re after a more bright and bold look on your kitchen cabinets, don’t miss our ideas for the best colourful painted kitchens.
In this traditionally styled kitchen-diner, bespoke handpainted cream units and marble worktops make a dreamily elegant space. This kitchen is part of a Georgian house, and cream is a popular choice to show off classic styling or architecture. Green check blinds add a welcoming, countryside feel, while the large black range cooker nestled at the rear of the room provides contrast and grounds the scheme.
Dark and earthy shades such as this handpainted moss green cabinetry will add drama to a kitchen. If you decide to go green, pair the strong paint colour with pale finishes and timbers, and keep the space clutter-free for a modern finish that feels light and accessible but still deeply rooted in nature. Showstopping!
Farmhouse style meets modern functionality in this timeless scheme. A pale palette of white, soft grey and natural wood brings warmth and freshness to an already light kitchen. The rustic wood texture and timber cladding is balanced by the industrial lighting and glass-fronted wall cabinet, while the soaring ceiling adds height, balancing the large central island.
Walls and cabinetry painted in a bold, dark shade creates a dramatic impact in this kitchen. A crisp white butler sink and pale timber worksurfaces inject light and definition, and help to break up the scheme. Meanwhile, a stool painted in an eye-catching green adds a bright pop of colour. Be sure to think about lighting your room if your space doesn't benefit from a lot of natural light.
In this already calm and uncluttered kitchen, an predominantly white scheme creates a serene and well-ordered space where everything has its place. Most of the cupboards have been painted in a crisp shade of white, which helps to highlight the natural warmth and texture of the wooden cabinetry beneath the hob. Meanwhile, tiny pops of colour on the wall shelf inject life into the room.
Some people are fussy eaters, and some like a little bit of everything and this is definitely a kitchen designed for those who like to have their cake and eat it, too! A compromise between country and contemporary, this scheme features traditional Shaker-style cabinetry painted in a cool shade of grey, which works equally well in a traditional or modern room. The decor is balanced with white walls, which keeps the design fresh.
In this large kitchen, cream handpainted Shaker-style cabinetry, white granite worktops and pale porcelain floor tiles are balanced against the exposed wood of the beams and window frames. Keeping the majority of the kitchen pale and neutral allows the woodwork to be the star feature. Painting the wall and ceiling space between the beams in white keeps the look light and airy.
Colour-blocking is taken to a stunning extreme here, with bold, bright shades chosen for very specific areas of the kitchen. The result is whimsical yet contemporary. Textured floorboards and a natural-fibre rug inject warmth and the pendant light lends an industrial edge. In a scheme like this, you can afford to be brave with colour, as it's easy to repaint furniture when you tire of it the trick is to stick to one colour to pick out individual pieces, keeping the look clean.
Grey continues to be a popular choice, and oozes elegance and sophistication. In this modern yet soothing kitchen, ash cabinetry is painted in various tones of grey, making this a timeless scheme on its own, yet one that could be instantly updated with colourful new accessories. An emphasis on glass, glossy surfaces and shiny floor tiles keep the look lively.