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Interior Colour Schemes for Kitchens and Diners

October 11, 2016 0

Your kitchen is often the hub of the home, a place to hang out and chat, dine, enjoy a drink at the bar with a friend, do homework with your kids, cook up some comfort food or enjoy a special occasion. Whatever you do, you’ll find the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home and so it needs to be decorated accordingly. We decided to look at some of the most popular kitchen colours and share them with you!

black kitchen

Elle Deco

Back to Black:

Black can be seen as a bit dark and gloomy but not when teamed with the right other finishes. Black is becoming increasingly popular and being used more and more in kitchen spaces. Where before a black granite worktop was considered ‘on trend’, we are now seeing units being given the black treatment and worktops in walnut, concrete or stone. Forget all memories of shiny 80’s style black gloss, this time around it’s a much more organic look. So, we’re seeing sophisticated matt black finishes making an appearance in the kitchen which is then given a luxe treatment with elegant black leather and more subtle styling. Green plants add a burst of life to the scheme and the effect is very striking. If you are feel slightly dubious about this being too overpowering in your space and  you are not too confident about it, then pare down the blackness and go for a warm grey instead. You can still blend black accessories and natural wood finishes and achieve a similar, softer look.

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teal kitchen


Feel the Teal:

Teal is a really popular interior colour and has been since being named as ‘Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2014’. It is calming and restores balance in a room but also energises a space – which is ideal in a busy hub like the kitchen! Teal is extremely versatile and blends well with concrete, stone, chrome and metal as well as a more natural modern scheme like white, black and wood tones. So, whether you decide to go for teal kitchen units and more neutral worktops, walls and tiles or perhaps paint the walls or use teal tiles with a plain simple white, wood or black kitchen, this uplifting colour has really positive qualities that will bring zest and umph to any kitchen! Teal is a great backdrop for traditional and contemporary looks so don’t think that it can only be used in modern kitchens, teal is a very traditional colour dating back hundreds of years so be bold and brave and feel the teal!

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white kitchen


All White

A white kitchen is still for many the first choice. It always looks smart, crisp, hygienic and fresh. Whilst it may be deemed the ‘safe’ option, generally speaking this blank canvas can provide the basic shell for showcasing some beautiful styling with accessories and splashes of colour. All white has been the ultimate in ‘cool’ style for a good few years, but it is worth noting, that it can look clinical or cold, so finding a definite ‘look’ is important to give this ‘heart of the home’ area character and and warmth. This could mean introducing a colour, texture or a glossy finish like chrome, brushed steel or glass. A white kitchen can go in almost any style direction and will create very different feels depending on what it’s used with. So, the options are limitless, bright colours will create a fresh energised space, muted tones will create a calming atmospheric room, the hues and finishes you choose will determine the mood in the room – it’s a brilliant option as it’s so versatile!

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bright kitchen


Kitchen Brights:

Colourful kitchens are always happy places to be! Often they are family kitchens as children need stimulation and sometimes their artwork, oilcloth tablecloths, multi coloured plastic plates and cups etc can add to the colour. A vibrant kitchen bursting with colour is always a fun place to be. It is worth bearing in mind that the family kitchen needs to be able to ‘grow-up’ just like the family. Bright kitchens could date or become tired – so do choose carefully! Some interesting advice I read recently was this, ‘There are no bad colours, just bad colour combinations’. This is a very good piece of design info – use the colour wheel to look up shades that blend. Are they warm cool? Do they enhance each other or clash? Generally speaking I would say these rules apply; either choose neutral kitchen units and add pops of colour with bar stools, splash backs, dining chairs and table. Or if you want bright kitchen units make sure the rest of the kitchen is subtle and perhaps stick to similar tones and hues – monochromatic schemes in brights work well. If you’re not sure – stick to a white kitchen and introduce other shades on the walls, chairs and tiles!   

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