Insider Guide: coloured kitchens

February 25, 2017 / DECORATING, Insider Guides / 0 Comments
Kitchen by British Standard

Colourful kitchens made easy

 

Painting wooden cupboards means you can change an entire kitchen colour scheme without ripping out the whole framework. Katie Fontana, creative director of British Standard, gives us her five top tips on how to embrace colour in you cook space

 

1 Consider the size of your kitchen before choosing your shade. Dark colours, though dramatic, can leave the heart of your home feeling rather claustrophobic. If you really want to go darker but you have a small kitchen, then paint the walls a slightly lighter tone than the cabinets.

2 Think about the colours you’re comfortable with: look at your clothes, furniture and fabrics for inspiration.

 

Note Design Studio blue and pink kitchen

Palest pink is paired with chalky blue in this dreamy kitchen design by Note Design Studio

 

3 If you choose to paint cupboards yourself, it’s best to use an oil-eggshell finish. It’s durable and can be cleaned easily with a damp cloth – a factor that should never be underestimated when considering kitchen finishes.

An unsightly cooker hood is turned into a bright, boxy work of art in this loft apartment located in a converted school in Antwerp, Belgium. The cabinetry is the work of Dries Otten (driesotten.be), a designer with a love of combining simple lines and playful colour

An unsightly cooker hood is turned intoa bright, boxy work of art in this loft apartment located in a converted school in Antwerp, Belgium. The cabinetry is the work of Dries Otten (driesotten.be), a designer with a love of combining simple lines and playful colour

 

4 Repetition of colour and pattern ties a space together. If you opt for colourful cabinetry, pick a complementary shade for your floors, tiling or even nearby furniture.

5 Lighting can change how a colour looks. Incandescent bulbs give off a yellow light that makes blues look green, while LEDs make red appear purple. So think about the lighting in tandem with choosing your colours.

This London house kitchen designed by David Kohn Architects was painted in sunny yellow, creating a bold warming statement against the aqua walls and smoked Oak units

This London house kitchen designed by David Kohn Architects was painted in sunny yellow, creating a bold warming statement against the aqua walls and smoked Oak units

 

For even more inspiration on all things kitchens download ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 1, available as a digital edition only for £2.99 via the ELLE Decoration app. Not forgetting ELLE Decoration Bathrooms Volume 1, also available to download via the ELLE Decoration app. Price £2.99.

And… from 2 March to 5 April 2017 ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 2 is available absolutely FREE with the current April “Decorating” edition of ELLE Decoration, on sale at all good UK newsagents.

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