The colour guide

How to choose a colour palette

One of the most exciting parts of any kitchen renewal process is choosing the colours. However, it can also be one of the trickier elements. Apart from the environmental standpoint, which involves choosing paints that have been manufactured in an environmentally sustainable way, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the array of options available. Here is our guide in picking the right colours.

Size does matter
Colours and shades have a significant impact on the space itself. Your personal preference is a key factor, since you are the one that will live with the end result. In general, darker colours will make a space seem smaller, and conversely, lighter ones can help to make things feel more roomy and airy. A general rule of thumb is to keep things on the lighter end of the scale if the kitchen is small. Another aspect to factor in is the amount of natural light that reaches your kitchen. If it is flooded by natural daylight, the space can likely handle darker colours.

Hot or cold
Depending on what direction your kitchen windows are facing, the visual impression that the colours of your kitchen will make varies greatly. North-facing windows will make the colours take on a colder hue, whereas a south-facing window will warm things up.

Contrast or conservative
What kind of a kitchen will reflect you and your personality? Always go for a matching colour palette if you are looking to create a tranquil and harmonious kitchen environment. Feel like spicing things up a bit? Opt for some contrast. A bold spalsh of colour can add a bit of interest and personality to your kitchen. It might suffice to bring in some accent colours for pots, pans and crockery, or a fridge in a contrasting colour. 

Trendy or timeless
Your choice of colour is, of course, dependent on personal preferences, but your budget may also come into play here. Going for bright and glossy colours or colours that are in vogue at the moment may make your new kitchen feel dated and tired in a relatively short amount of time. On the contrary, going for a subdued and muted colour palette with hues frequently drawn from nature will usually serve you well for a very long time.

A fresh coat of paint
We are all for making a strong and colourful expression. However, our shaker-style handmade kitchens lend themselves best to a subdued and muted colour scheme. They all come painted in your choice of eco-friendly paint from British paint manufacturer Little Greene, a company that has been creating quality paints since 1773. A shaker kitchen is not trendy. Neither are the long lasting and handmade inherent qualities of the kitchens from Cupboards & Goods. Should you wish to change the colour of your kitchen at some point in the future, the solid wood construction allows for repainting in a way that the laminated particle board used in many modern kitchens does not.

Always check your local regulations
If you are changing the layout of your kitchen, always consult with your local authorities to access the most up-to-date information in order to comply with legal requirements and building codes.