Jewel tones, if your inner creative self is longing for rich tones but your more practical head is saying choose something timeless, consider using a brighter hue inside cabinetry for a stylish colour fix,’ suggests Kiran Noonan, Marketing Director, John Lewis of Hungerford. ‘Try exotic jewel tones – like this fabulous Persian Green – and create a striking backdrop for pure white china along the way. Install internal LEDs to bring the colour to life by night.
Pigeon perfect, varying the colour on kitchen cabinetry is a clever way to distort perspective and give the impression of more space,’ says Jasper Middleton, Design Director, Middleton Bespoke. ‘In this galley-style kitchen we used pale paint on the taller, more dominant cabinetry, making it appear to fade into the background a little. Painting the base units in a different, much darker shade helps draw the eyes away and distracts attention from the room’s narrow shape.
Deep purples, colour blocking is a great technique for replicating the relaxed feel of freestanding furniture within the more practical, easy-to-clean reality of a fitted kitchen. In this colourful kitchen, Farrow & Ball’s rich Brinjal makes the fitted corner dresser appear like a separate piece – boosting its presence in the room. ‘Keeping the walls and ceiling pale will provide a blank canvas for the cabinetry and really lets the colours sing,’ adds Gillian McCollum, Director, Murray & Murray.
Cream kitchens are one of the most popular styles – with other colours such as ivory, off-white and buttermilk also popular choices. This colour lends itself to a number of decorating styles, from rustic to contemporary. A new kitchen is a huge investment, so it’s no surprise that so many of us opt for a shade that will stand the test of time. You might choose an ultra-modern glossy cream kitchen that combines streamlined cabinetry with the latest appliances, or perhaps use painted cream cupboards to transform a cottage kitchen that has low ceilings.
Neutral cream is also the perfect backdrop for accent colours. Add pops of colour to a cream kitchen with patterned blinds and seat cushions, pendant lighting and cookware. Take a browse through our gallery of beautiful decorating ideas and find a cream kitchen that’s the right fit for your home. If you like the neutral look, check out our round up of the best grey kitchens around.
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