By Anne Ellard 17 March 2015
Planning your new kitchen is exciting but it can be overwhelming at times too, with so many different aspects to consider. That’s why I always suggest my clients break the process down into stages and take each one a step at a time. Planning the colour scheme is the part they enjoy the most, but they are often scared of choosing one that will date quickly. These classic and timeless colour schemes are worth considering for your next kitchen renovation. All can have different colour accessories added to them to change the look and feel of the space over time, but I guarantee you won’t tire of any of these schemes quickly.
To aid you in your selections, I have provided one benchtop suggestion and one cabinet door colour suggestion to help you achieve a similar look to each of the schemes in your own home.
When we think black and white, we think black tie – smart and sophisticated, and most definitely not out of date.
To create maximum impact with this colour scheme, look for the brightest, most crisp white and the purest black. Soften the harsh contrast of black and white by introducing some grey tones.
Black is a strong colour that creates big impact, so if you have a small space, use it sparingly. Consider a glossy finish for your black surfaces; this will help to bounce light around the room and make the black feel less heavy.
Look at various tones of the colour and select one that suits your home and the lighting in the space the best. It doesn’t have to be the typical uniform navy that you might have in mind. A dark navy can look almost black while a more muted navy with grey tones might be more suitable as it’s not as dark and overpowering.
Team your chosen shade of navy with contrasting rich cream tones. Think coastal chic. Use warm creams that don’t appear too yellow.
If you love the idea of navy but are afraid that it may make your space appear too dark, you could just use navy as a feature colour on your island bench or some overhead cabinets, leaving the rest of the kitchen a brighter cream colour.
Think sandy and stone colours. This colour scheme looks great on either modern or traditional-style cabinets, but it really adds a grown-up touch to a traditional or country-style kitchen, too.
Look for benchtop colours that mimic the look of natural stone, or better still, if it’s within your budget, consider using real granite or marble for a completely authentic natural style. Select a stone or stone look that isn’t too busy – after all, we’re aiming for a timeless look, so you don’t want to choose something that you will tire of easily.
For your cabinet fronts, pick up a colour from within the benchtop to tie both surfaces together and continue the natural feeling.
An all-white kitchen exudes an air of sophistication, simplicity and grace. It looks fresh and bright and never dated. You can easily add colour to an all-white kitchen, and change it often with the use of coloured accessories such as pendant lights, small appliances and even plants.
Choose your shade of white carefully. Opt for shades that are on the cooler side (with a slight blue undertone) as opposed to whites that are too warm as these can sometimes appear yellow depending on the light in your home.
French provincial style kitchens tend to use subtle soft colours such as light blues, soft greys, antique whites and muted coffee colours. These soft colours highlight the detailed design of French provincial style kitchens.
These soft subtle colours can be used to create a timeless colour scheme in both modern and traditional style kitchens. Soft greys can have a tinge of blue, yellow and even pink to them if you would like to add a hint more colour.
Combine soft grey colour cabinets with a natural colour benchtop that also contains some grey tones, but don’t forget to create some contrast – make sure that the cabinets and benchtop colours are not too similar or you could end up with a flat, uninteresting scheme.
Combine timber colouring with white for a beautifully contrasting, once again, timeless scheme that simply won’t date because the white doesn’t compete with the timber for attention and therefore has a soothing effect.
Confine the use of timber to feature areas such as benchtops, feature paneling or open shelves, so it’s not too overwhelming in the space and avoid timbers that are too reddish or too dark in colour, as you may tire of these more easily than a light, natural colour timber.
Depending on whether you are creating a traditional or contemporary style space, combine your timber colour with either a modern crisp white or a more traditional creamy white.
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