One of the biggest things that you can ever decide when it comes to choosing your kitchen is, “what colour scheme should I go for?” There are two schools of thought that go into answering this question, the first, whatever it is you like the second, what do you want to achieve?
The first is a relatively easy solution. Find the colours that you like and piece them together, if they go, great, if they don’t then there are a few adjustments that can be made.
Tone, finish and style being the biggest variables, you can make a lot of differences in turning around your kitchen colour schemes and making them into something that is true and unique to your own tastes. But what about the second predicament, the things you want to achieve. What do you with that?
“That’s a harder question because, you’re looking to do something you may have never done before, or the last time you did it, may have been a long time ago.” Stefano points out that “by having a clearer picture in your head over the colour scheme and overall finish you want in your new environment will help you make decisions, and there are ways to help get you there. You’re not alone.”
Look for colours you know
The best starting point is looking at the colours you already know. For example, if you have a white kitchen, look for colours on this spectrum. Oyster, chantilly and so on. “Don’t over complicate this part, all you’re doing is seeing what a slight variation to a colour scheme you already know can achieve.”
Having these clear reference points is going to make a big difference to how you start to pair colours together and how you can change things when going to a new look altogether.
Now look at the colours you don’t know
So now is the time to look at the colours you have little experience with. This could be blue, red or green as your kitchen door. Once you have decided on which of the other colours you like the most, start to break this down from before. Look at colour tone, understand the material choice (as this could greatly affect overall result), pair it with other colours you had in mind.
When it comes to colours you are less familiar with, it’s about association and getting familiar with the colours as much as you can and as fast as you can. Take away door samples, get your other colours from different materials. You will quickly start to understand what works for you and the environment you are trying to create.
Don’t forget your worktops
Worktops are the other primary colour in your kitchen after your kitchen doors, so the pairing of any cabinet door must logically get paired with the worktops. “Getting your pairing right with the worktop can make a kitchen really stand out. Look for the types of tops that have specks of the other primary colour if you want to pick out colour points, or if it is a complete contrast, i.e. white tops on wooden door styles, then look at style of worktop and material finish.”
Stone materials can be cold, so the the colour options here are essential in providing balance both in appearance and texture as warmer colours can also help provide a completely different sense to that being experienced in pure touch of the work surface.
What about your walls
More and more kitchens are having full walled upstands, tiles are popular again, and then there is the simple plaster and paint. Have you considered exposing brick walls, especially as it can provide neutrality to the room – that’s of course you’re looking for that finish. As for those that have plaster and are trying to pair up colours, then you want to consider your walls as a secondary colour. Avoid the trap of having a different tone to your units (in most cases anyway – Cream works with strong white), and don’t overdo it on big contrasts as your room can become overwhelming on the eye.
Yellow’s and oranges work great in a room, but sometimes they work better as a highlight rather than a big slab of colour. From picture frames to even coffee machines, you can get these highlights from simple touches rather than going Jackson Pollock in your living quarters.
When it comes to choosing colours you can get a lot from simple decisions. Break down the process of deciding the room focus and take it from there. Don’t forget Stefano and his team can help you decide the colour scheme when you visit him at his Waverton showroom or arrange for that call out.