Go through the numerous Pinterest boards and Instagram inspiration profiles around home design and you will have noticed a “new” colour creeping into shots and mood boards. That colour is cashmere.
Of course no colour is new, it just happens to be more in trend than at other times. That is what is happening with cashmere, however now, it looks like the kitchen colour to have for what many in the industry are predicting will be the next seven to ten years.
That of course has an impact on other areas of the kitchen, primarily worktops, handle selections and wall colours. But we think that cashmere is one of the easier colours to work with when it comes to decorating your home and certainly one of the more versatile kitchen colours to come into circulation in the last five years.
So here’s a closer look at this new trending colour and how you can work with it.
Cashmere colour profile
Like the wool after which it is named, cashmere is a colour that is light, warm and inviting. It is from the warmer side of the colour wheel and is closer to white and cream tones rather than grey scale which has been more popular in recent years.
The fact that it is closer to white is also significant as the most popular kitchen colour today remains to be white. Traditionally white kitchens are selected because they make spaces look bigger and benefit from low light scenarios to help bring more light in the room. The problem is, not everyone likes a white kitchen. Cashmere then, is perfectly suited to producing similar results to what the white kitchen produces and is suitable for most to all dimensions and shapes.
Cashmere is also a neutral and accommodating tone so it works well with other colours, and contrasts well with other colours as well. Because it is a warmer colour, it doesn’t have the clinical look of white but it is also not as overwhelming as cream can be to a general neutral palette.
Different kitchen styles
One of the most interesting things is how kitchen colours can look different on different style doors. This is particularly relevant with white, grey and wood finished kitchens.
For years, styles such as the shaker door has lent itself well white and wood panels, whereas with grey, it really comes down to the quality of the product/finish and the tone. It is traditionally a harder match. Handleless kitchens suit grey with more ease than a shaker door, the same can be said for white, but again it then becomes not as easy for wood finished doors.
Cashmere thus is great at bridging the gap that has been in the market for handleless doors (see below) and shaker style as well as painted wood finishes.
Cashmere kitchen finishes
There are lots of varieties available in the marketplace for cashmere kitchens they include, gloss lacquer, gloss laminate, matt lacquer or matt laminate.
Each has their own look and finish and can do very different things to different rooms. Primarily, these include, gloss finishes which can make rooms look bigger and brighter and matt finishes which add level of sophistication to a kitchen; primarily by being less reflective and absorbing light as a surface.
Overall, you have a colour which is clean, easy on the eye and is versatile in different styles and finishes.
As you can see from the kitchen pictured below, our concept cashmere shaker handleless is something that works with a completely different style and looks stunning in new concepts as well as more traditional varieties.
What colours go well with cashmere?
As cashmere is on the warmer contrast of the grey scale, there are lots of colours that work well with this kitchen styling.
From darker tones, such as dark blue, anthracite and dark grey to something even more pronounced such as turquoise, blush pink and even sky blue, the contrasts with other colours are something that can make a kitchen truly stand out. If you were to do it with even a highlight unit, you can to make the contrast less in your face.
The beauty of cashmere is that you get to hold different colours to the spectrum and have something new and original for years to come.
Contrasting colour recommendations
One of the big design upgrades in the last decade has been two tone kitchens which we have spoken of before in some detail.
As we have previously pointed out, “Island units in the kitchen have become more commonplace over the years, this is because the design limitations that were originally there have been disappearing with new building regulations and the fact that homes built in the 1970s and early 80s are now undergoing internal restructuring and building work like at no other time in recent history. This means that the kitchen which was usually boxed off or combined with a small dining room is expanding into a larger, living area.”
But we also pointed out that all kitchens can be two tone with the base units being a darker or lighter contrast to the wall units.
So what colours contrast well with cashmere in the kitchen? Grey, anthracite and limestone. These are the more popular colour selections and those which work well with cashmere as a whole.