The ongoing kitchen craze is to create all white kitchens. Colour creates emotion and can do amazing things for the kitchen. When you walk into your kitchen, the right colour can aid in feeling at home. Whether is a big dose, such as cabinetry, or a small amount, like home décor items, adding colour to the kitchen is key to the success of the overall look and feel.
Since cabinetry can account for up to sixty percent of a kitchens surface, adding colour here will make a dramatic impact. I love two-tone kitchens, when done properly. When adding colour to my design projects, I ensure that the chosen colour has been a long-time favourite of the client. If it’s a colour that they only recently started liking, it may not work for them long term.
You need to absolutely love the colour, if you’re going to make a large investment in new cabinetry, and choose a colour vs. white or a neutral. For example, a recent client expressed their all-time favourite was green, and it has been green since they were a child. This is the perfect scenario to go big with colour. We decided to make all lower cabinets in the kitchen green, and as to not be too overpowering; it was offset with crisp white upper cabinetry, and a marble looking quartz countertop. Added bonus – the quartz countertop is maintenance free.
To allow the mint green cabinetry to really shine, we painted the walls in a neutral cream. I like the cabinetry and countertops to do the talking, not the walls. Especially in a smaller space. This brings to me to a pet peeve of mine as a designer. Dark walls do not look good in a kitchen! The amount of wall space that is actually showing, usually a minimal amount beside, or above the cabinetry, should remain neutral. Otherwise the result is a bunch of dark patches that take away from your biggest investment and focal point – the cabinetry.
Other ways that you can add colour are through accents in the room. If the space is large, consider painting one wall in a darker or bold colour. This wall needs to be a full wall, not one covered with built in cabinetry.
Include colourful accessories throughout the kitchen such as fresh flowers, cookie jars, decorative or vintage jars, wood or coloured glass bowls with fruit in them. These are the items that you can truly play with colour, because you can change them out as many times as you like. They are the less expensive items that you don’t mind parting with when you decide you no longer love bright yellow or red.
When it comes to the kitchen backsplash, I don’t recommend adding a big pop of colour, unless consulting an interior designer that can assist in making sure it’s the right colour, in the right place. Often, people will install a mosaic or stripped tile backsplash with multiple colours, or a solid colour with a line of bright colour. This attracts your eye directly to this area, and completely takes away from the cabinetry, countertops and focal points. It is opposite of adding colour and a focal point to the kitchen. What’s worse, is that most people will tire of the colourful and crazy backsplashes and then they’re left with trying to remove it without damaging the countertop and surrounding items.
Adding texture and pattern through colourful and fun draperies, or fabrics on kitchen chairs or stools is also a great way to infuse your favourite colour into the space, without making a long-term commitment to the item.
Consider the art of subtlety. A mint green, or ice blue will have a large impact on the space and may have a longer life span than a fluorescent, or bright bold colour.