Colour plays a really important role in creating atmosphere and ambiance within a home and it can be said that nowhere is that more true than in the kitchen. Statistically, the kitchen is the room where most waking hours are spent, so choosing a colour that will suit any mood or occasion is absolutely essential. This article will guide you through the often difficult process, highlighting some of the classic colours and textures that define the modern kitchen.

When considering colour in the kitchen there are four key areas to consider: cabinetry, worktops, walls and finally floors, all of which can dramatically transform the kitchens appearance. As a result, this emphasises the importance of viewing the kitchen in its entirety in order to ensure all colours compliment each other.

It can often make sense to view the cabinetry and worktops over a long-term period, as it is usually more costly and tricky to change their appearance as opposed to re-painting a wall.

Natural Colours

With the modern trend of revamping traditional styles i.e. modernised Shaker and Georgian kitchens, a naturalistic approach to colour seems to work well in most situations. If there is any exposed woodwork on display it is often simply a case of choosing a colour that complements the tone of the wood. On the whole there are no rights and wrongs but if the homeowner intends to sell the house at some point in the future – it is sometimes a wise decision to opt for more subtle colour combinations rather than something very on trend or outlandish.

With darker woods, such as oak or walnut, the contrast of off-white cabinets and joinery really works well. But with lighter woods, white can sometimes leave the woodwork looking a little washed out. In this case, a warmer shade works well. Brown and black both work well for work surfaces here.


The classic simplicity of black and white kitchens always seems to be in vogue. But in recent times, designers moved away from the stark black and white approach, and have started adding grey cabinetry and flooring to the equation, giving this style of kitchen a fresh reworking.

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