Choosing the Perfect Colour Scheme4 min read

When it comes to the kitchen colour scheme it can be the most exciting part of the design, but it can also be very daunting. You have to live with the colour for quite a long time, so it’s best to choose a scheme that suits you and your personality and that you will love for many years to come.

It doesn’t matter if you are unsure on the colours to choose from at first as this blog will show you what you need to know in designing your kitchen’s style, the rules and how enjoyable it can be when being creative in the hub of the home.

When it comes to thinking about interior design there are three basic colour schemes

  • Tonal – tonal is where you choose a base colour and use variations of that colour around the room layering the different hues. Works perfectly within contemporary kitchens.
  • Harmonious – harmonious is where you look at a colour wheel and choose colours that are close to each other. Complement them without being too similar like purples, pinks, yellows and greens.
  • Complementary – complementary is a much bolder approach that uses opposites to create a statement in the room, such as a monochrome style.

You want to create a style that suits you and your personality, so if you are a quiet person look for a tonal colour scheme. Tonal colours will add a soft, elegant feel but also create a great design for the room you spend most of your time in. You can always inject some fun into your kitchen with different patterns using the same tonal shade. If you are quite a loud person maybe look at a contemporary colour scheme. Being loud isn’t a bad thing as your personality can be brought out in the decor.

Try and think about how you feel when you’re in the kitchen. Your personality can play a huge role in the decor and design and is totally down to your personal choice. Colours are strongly associated with different moods and things.


The colour green is perfect for representing nature. It’s a calming and refreshing colour that seems to be very popular in kitchens today.


Blue is the perfect colour to represent the sea and sky. It creates a peaceful and tranquil design.


Yellow is a happy colour that brightens up anything, great to add to that morning sunshine.


Purple is a luxury colour, which is sophisticated and also romantic.


Red relates to a faster heartbeat and the word love. It’s deep in colour with an extreme hue that will definitely make your kitchen stand out.


Black is a powerful colour, which makes a timeless and very stylish design in the kitchen.


The colour white reflects light and brightens up the space. It’s also a colour that can open up a smaller space.

Once you know on the colour you are going to use in your kitchen design you can start to think where they will be placed around the room. Different shades look different in different locations so it does depend on the size of your kitchen and the layout.

Small kitchens

If you have a small kitchen it’s best to stick to lighter colours. You can of course add darker elements, but always balance them against the pale surroundings. Dark flooring and worktops can be contrasted against lighter coloured cabinets and walls to open up the space, or use a light floor and worktop with a dark coloured kitchen.

Make a feature stand out by adding colour to it. Light and dark colours need to be balanced out. Maybe use a vibrant colour on the worktops or splashback.

Medium and larger kitchens

Big kitchens allow you to have more flexibility in lots of different colours. If you are lucky to have lots of natural light entering the room using a dark coloured row of cabinets will give you a striking display. You can also create your own palette with tonal or harmonious colours that will make you feel good. If you have a kitchen island make this your statement piece by adding lots of vibrant colours.


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