Picking the right colour for your kitchen can be a minefield of opposing ideas. But at the end of the day there is one person and one person only that you are trying to please, and that is yourself. And your family members or cohabitants, of course.

But that hits right at the core of what you should be worried about when picking your kitchen colours. It’s your kitchen, you will spend a lot of time in it for years to come. As such, ignore the trends, ignore your friends, ignore what colours you should have and go for the colours you love.

With that in mind, below we offer some advice on palettes and other elements worth considering when planning your kitchen. We’ll start with the big questions.

Can bold colours work in a kitchen?

Of course, why not? Particularly so if you’re using your walls as the canvas for this bold colour. The nature of a kitchen dictates that there isn’t a lot of wall space. This means that with this limited space it pays to be adventurous with colour. So long as that is offset with something simpler such as a dark quartz or granite worktop and light coloured cabinets.

Or you could twist that notion on its head and go bold with your worktop or cabinets and stick to a simpler colour on the walls.

Build out from an inflexible point

There are a lot of elements in a kitchen that can change. You should always go into the planning phase with an open mind and a willingness to adapt. Creating the perfect kitchen can often feel like controlling an unstoppable force, with lots of dials and switches to be tweaked, adjusted and turned.

Make life easier on yourself, start at an inflexible point, such as a worktop, be it wood, laminate, granite or quartz. There tends to be less variety in these and as such form a strong base around which to build out the rest of your kitchen. Settle on a style and a colour and stick with it. From here you can tweak finishes, paint colours and all the other little details that turn a nice kitchen into a stunning one. We at Optiplan have a team of in-house designers who can help you through the design process and offer you the best kitchen for your budget.

Consider all elements of light

From season to season and from one day to the next the light that your kitchen is exposed to will vary. Consider this in your palette choices. The warm glows of morning, will give way to the duller shades of sunset and then to artificial light. You may not get much light at all. These should all be considered when in the process of picking the right colour for your kitchen. Pastel colours may look fresh and invigorating in the morning but in the artificial light of the night-time can look washed out.

Choose style and function 

Style is a key element in the choice of colour you make. Do you want clean lines and modern, rustic and homely or coastal and fresh? While those three are not all-encompassing they do nicely partition the styles you may want in your kitchen. Each will dictate a different use of colour.

Perhaps more importantly, consider function. Is your kitchen going to be the place you entertain, will it be the heart of your family with lots of little footprints and fingerprints all over it or is it a serious cooks haven? Again, each of these will change the palette you choose for your kitchen. Children will necessitate darker shades, while a pro cook’s kitchen can go for something a little less forgiving in terms of stains.

Some palettes to consider

Greens on the bluer side, stainless steel and a dark worktop – This combo is ideal for a light airy room. Bluer greens can get quite heavy so you wouldn’t want to pick this palette if you haven’t got copious amounts of natural light. This is a good choice for families who want to put the kitchen firmly at the heart of the home without forgoing on style.

Bold white, black cabinets and a black worktop – Countering the powerful reds with something a little more conventional and sedate with black and white allows you to push the envelope with your choice of red. A perfect conversation piece for those who like to entertain.

White walls, dark grey cabinets and a black or white surface – This fairly no frills approach oozes style. Sometimes the simplest combos work perfectly. This type of kitchen may not be best suited to families but for a serious cook who needs a clean and open space to work in this may just be ideal.

If you need any advice or want to see how Optiplan Kitchens can work for you, visit one of our showrooms in south-east England.

Picking the right colour for your kitchen can be a minefield of opposing ideas. But at the end of the day there is one person and one person only that you are trying to please, and that is yourself. And your family members or cohabitants, of course.

But that hits right at the core of what you should be worried about when picking your kitchen colours. It’s your kitchen, you will spend a lot of time in it for years to come. As such, ignore the trends, ignore your friends, ignore what colours you should have and go for the colours you love.

With that in mind, below we offer some advice on palettes and other elements worth considering when planning your kitchen. We’ll start with the big questions.

Can bold colours work in a kitchen?

Of course, why not? Particularly so if you’re using your walls as the canvas for this bold colour. The nature of a kitchen dictates that there isn’t a lot of wall space. This means that with this limited space it pays to be adventurous with colour. So long as that is offset with something simpler such as a dark quartz or granite worktop and light coloured cabinets.

Or you could twist that notion on its head and go bold with your worktop or cabinets and stick to a simpler colour on the walls.

Build out from an inflexible point

There are a lot of elements in a kitchen that can change. You should always go into the planning phase with an open mind and a willingness to adapt. Creating the perfect kitchen can often feel like controlling an unstoppable force, with lots of dials and switches to be tweaked, adjusted and turned.

Make life easier on yourself, start at an inflexible point, such as a worktop, be it wood, laminate, granite or quartz. There tends to be less variety in these and as such form a strong base around which to build out the rest of your kitchen. Settle on a style and a colour and stick with it. From here you can tweak finishes, paint colours and all the other little details that turn a nice kitchen into a stunning one. We at Optiplan have a team of in-house designers who can help you through the design process and offer you the best kitchen for your budget.

Consider all elements of light

From season to season and from one day to the next the light that your kitchen is exposed to will vary. Consider this in your palette choices. The warm glows of morning, will give way to the duller shades of sunset and then to artificial light. You may not get much light at all. These should all be considered when in the process of picking the right colour for your kitchen. Pastel colours may look fresh and invigorating in the morning but in the artificial light of the night-time can look washed out.

Choose style and function 

Style is a key element in the choice of colour you make. Do you want clean lines and modern, rustic and homely or coastal and fresh? While those three are not all-encompassing they do nicely partition the styles you may want in your kitchen. Each will dictate a different use of colour.

Perhaps more importantly, consider function. Is your kitchen going to be the place you entertain, will it be the heart of your family with lots of little footprints and fingerprints all over it or is it a serious cooks haven? Again, each of these will change the palette you choose for your kitchen. Children will necessitate darker shades, while a pro cook’s kitchen can go for something a little less forgiving in terms of stains.

Some palettes to consider

Greens on the bluer side, stainless steel and a dark worktop – This combo is ideal for a light airy room. Bluer greens can get quite heavy so you wouldn’t want to pick this palette if you haven’t got copious amounts of natural light. This is a good choice for families who want to put the kitchen firmly at the heart of the home without forgoing on style.

Bold white, black cabinets and a black worktop – Countering the powerful reds with something a little more conventional and sedate with black and white allows you to push the envelope with your choice of red. A perfect conversation piece for those who like to entertain.

White walls, dark grey cabinets and a black or white surface – This fairly no frills approach oozes style. Sometimes the simplest combos work perfectly. This type of kitchen may not be best suited to families but for a serious cook who needs a clean and open space to work in this may just be ideal.

If you need any advice or want to see how Optiplan Kitchens can work for you, visit one of our showrooms in south-east England.