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7 bold and beautiful colour ideas for a modern kitchen

House Beautiful (UK) logo House Beautiful (UK) 04/10/2018 Sophie Warren-Smith
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It’s a well known fact that colour can change our moods, so why not apply this to one of the most used rooms in the house – the kitchen? Combine that with the rise in popularity of coloured kitchens and you have a winning and stylish look. Get some inspiration with these kitchen colour schemes below.

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1. TEAL

Kitchen colours - modern kitchen colour ideas © Valspar Kitchen colours - modern kitchen colour ideas Pictured: Velvet Curtains Valspar Blend v500 kitchen and bathroom paint, £27 for 2.5L, B&Q.

Intense and moody, this bold shade is not for the faint hearted. Teal sits between blue and green and so it naturally encompasses both attributes. The benefits of each colour are peace, balance and tranquility, and it’s an ideal colour to unwind with at the end of a busy day. It’s a great choice for a kitchen, especially if you have a large space and it also looks great with brass accessories and marble.

'Use blue shades in the home against striking whites and glossy surfaces to instantly create an interior scheme reminiscent of Greek, Spanish or Balearic Islands,' says Jason de Kauwe, marketing communications manager at Valspar. 'Or, for a more contemporary take on the theme, use these shades of blue as statement colours to create unique accents in large or small spaces.'

To create this look try:

  • Fired Earth’s Mrs Booth – a slightly greener teal shade, but one that has the vibrancy of teal.
  • Dulux’s Teal Tension – create a serene kitchen with this shade, team with white for a crisp contrast.

2. GREY

a chair sitting in front of a window: Kitchen colours - modern kitchen colour ideas © Little Greene Kitchen colours - modern kitchen colour ideas

Pictured: Grey Teal 226 (units), Light Peachblossom 3 (walls), both from £43.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene.

Grey is a fabulous neutral colour for kitchen units and one that will stand the test of time. It’s a colour that gives balance, yet it’s classed as an ‘emotional’ colour and one that is about compromise – as it’s neither black nor white. It’s dependable and practical. However, with Millennial Pink and soft grey still being key colours, why not combine them? These two shades are tonally the same so they work beautifully together to create a calming scheme.

‘Using soft feminine hues in the rooms of the house that are the busiest and most hectic can calm the mood and, quite literally, take the heat out of the kitchen! Especially ideal in open plan kitchens, gentler tones can help blend the utilitarian look of your functional kitchen into the homely ambiance of the rest of your home,' explains David Mottershead, managing director at Little Greene.

To create this look try:

  • Earthborn’s Kissing Gate – a shade that suits in the middle and isn’t too light or too dark.
  • Crown’s Grey Lace – for those of you who prefer a paler shade of grey, this one comes in eggshell and is ideal for painting wooden units.

3. VIOLET

a kitchen with a table in a room: Kitchen colours - modern kitchen colour ideas © Smallbone of Devizes Kitchen colours - modern kitchen colour ideas

Pictured: Bespoke hand-painted kitchen, from £50,000, Smallbone of Devizes.

A noble colour that gives the impression of wealth and extravagance. It’s known for it’s royal connections and is a ‘power’ colour. Sitting between the calmness of blue and the energy of red, it’s also associated with mystery and creativity. Here, it’s teamed with fresh white, and that allows the violet to take centre stage. Accessorise with pale wood tones and neutrals.

Iain O’Mahony, director of special projects at Smallbone of Devizes, explains: ‘An enduring trend in bespoke kitchen design is for a painted finish.Smallbone of Devizes original hand painted kitchen is one of the most in-demand ranges and the company is known for popularising the trend for paint techniques.The variety of colours, whether subtle ivory or vibrant violet, not only bring life to the kitchen but ensures you get a look that perfectly suits your interior design scheme.'

To create this look try:

  • Dulux’s Purple Pout feature wall matt emulsion – a warming shade of violet that will create a bold statement.
  • Sanderson’s Meadow Violet – there’s more pink than blue in this colour, which is ideal if you want a softer look.

4. NAVY

a kitchen with a table in a room: Kitchen colours - modern kitchen colour ideas © Ikea Kitchen colours - modern kitchen colour ideas

Pictured: JÄRSTA high-gloss black/blue kitchen door, from £20, METOD base cabinet frames, from £17, RINGHULT doors in high-gloss white, from £22, all Ikea. 

Safe and serene, classic and orderly, navy is a great colour to anchor a room. It’s elegant and has a peacefulness about it, yet is quite an underused colour in interiors. Here, it looks fresh and modern with white and the rattan lights and chairs add a rustic, more earthy element, that gives a new dimension to the overall scheme.

'The dawn of a new season is the perfect time to update your kitchen with a bolder colour palette. Updating your cabinet fronts will also allow you to inject lots of personality into the room without breaking the bank, such as the bold blue JÄRSTA kitchen door,' says Darryl Pirie, kitchen sales leader at Ikea UK and Ireland.

To create this look try:

  • Fired Earth’s Carbon Blue – paint some wooden units with this lovely deep shade, the egghell will be the perfect finish.
  • Little Greene’s Deep Space Blue – reminiscent of midnight blue skies, this is a lovely intense shade.

5. RUSSETT

a kitchen with a sink and a microwave: Kitchen colours - modern kitchen colour ideas © Masterclass Kitchens Kitchen colours - modern kitchen colour ideas

Pictured: Roma kitchen in Terracotta Sunset, from £7,500, Masterclass Kitchens.

Warming tones and earthy elements create a sense of wellbeing and cosiness. Russett is darker than orange, and has a softer, more muted look. It’s a grounding colour that’s calming and versatile and looks fabulous with mid-toned wood, blush pinks and whites to create balance.

'Colour is increasingly being seen in the kitchen, to inject personality and character, particularly in large, open-plan spaces,' says Steve Tough, commercial sales director at Masterclass Kitchens. 'Much of the reason for this is because such spaces can usually accommodate the use of bold, bright colours, where perhaps they run the risk of being too overpowering in smaller rooms.'

To create this look try:

  • Benjamin Moore’s Corlsbud Canyon – a colour inspired by sun-drenched canyons, this is an earthy orange shade.
  • Farrow & Ball’s Red Earth No.64 – a pale terracotta that will warm up a North-facing kitchen.

6. APPLE GREEN

a view of a kitchen: Kitchen colours - modern kitchen colour ideas © deVOL Kitchens Kitchen colours - modern kitchen colour ideas

Pictured: The Real Shaker Kitchen painted in a bespoke shade, from £12,000, deVOL Kitchens. 

Green is renowned as being a calming colour, it represents renewal, harmony, growth and balance, making it perfect for a new start. Linked to nature, it has spring-like qualities and, as shown here, looks great with dark toned wood worktops.

‘I think green kitchens mirror the new passion people seem to have for greenery in their homes, conservatories full of exotic plants and cacti, or just some simple spider plants hanging in a woven plant hanger,' Helen Parker, creative director at deVOL Kitchens, explains. 'Everything has a very natural and slightly 70s vibe at the moment and painting your kitchen green just seems to confirm that love for natural things, in particular living greenery.'

To create this look try:

  • Valspar’s Cuddle Bug – this pretty shade of green will look super fresh with brilliant white walls and accessories.
  • Earthborn’s Grasshopper– a zesty green with a hint of yellow, for those of you who are a bit braver.

7. SUNSHINE YELLOW

a large room with yellow walls: Kitchen colours - modern kitchen colour ideas © Burbidge Kitchen colours - modern kitchen colour ideas

Pictured: Marlow bespoke painted kitchen in Pantone Gen Z Yellow and Pale Smoke, from £7,500, Burbidge. 

What’s not to like about yellow? It’s full of joy and energy, lifts the mood and signifies communication and enlightenment. Full of hope and energy, it would be a lovely room to have breakfast in as it’s such a happy colour. Use it with white, blush pink and marble style flooring.

‘We are expecting big things for statement colours in contemporary kitchens,' predicts Joanne Emery, marketing manager at Burbidge. 'Although pastel shades remain popular, customers are getting bolder and are increasingly experimenting with standout shades, across the full colour spectrum, that will keep their kitchen on trend all year round’

To create this look try:

  • Crown’s Happy Daze – a lovely bright tone that has a splash of white in it to temper it down slightly
  • Farrow & Ball’s Citron No.74 – perfect for a bedroom, this intense yellow has Mediterranean influences and will look amazing with white.

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