How to Choose a Colour Scheme for your Kitchen

Struggling to decide on a colour scheme for your kitchen? Colours can have a big impact on a kitchen’s look and feel, but it can be difficult to figure out which colours work well in your space.

In this article, we’ll help you choose a colour scheme that complements your kitchen, enhances your space, and expresses your personality. We’ll discuss how to use colours that go together, offer tips on how to choose colours, and look at a few colour combination ideas.


The Colour Wheel

When developing a colour scheme, the best place to start is by understanding how colours complement each other. The best way to do this is to use a colour wheel. The colour wheel shows the relationship between different colours and is used to see which colours look good together.


The colour wheel – Image credit: Adobe

There are a few key ways to use a colour wheel to decide on a colour scheme:

  • Complementary – two colours that sit opposite one another on the colour wheel. They create a high impact combination, using contrast to make a statement.
  • Monochromatic – three shades, tones, and tints of one base colour. This creates a subtle and tonal combination – choose one colour and use variations of it across the room.
  • Analogous – three colours that are side by side on the colour wheel. To balance your scheme, choose one dominant colour and use the others as accents.
  • Triadic – three colours evenly spaced on the colour wheel. This creates a high contrast scheme with a bold, vibrant palette.


Which colours shall I choose?

There are so many colours and potential combinations that it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options. Here we look at a few different colours and how you could apply them in your space.

The colour wheel can be split into warm and cool colours. Warm colours are reds, oranges, and yellows and cold colours are blues, greens, and purples. Colour combinations often have a balance of warm and cool colours. According to colour psychology, different colours evoke different feelings. Warm colours are associated with energy and brightness, whilst cool colours evoke a sense of relaxation and calm.

  • White – creates a modern look and a spacious feel, acting as a blank canvas on which to add personality with accent colours.
  • Green – choose a subtle sage hue for a charming country feel or deep forest green for a hint of modern sophistication.
  • Yellow – a vibrant colour that will brighten any space and create a feel-good atmosphere.
  • Blue – choose a rich, deep navy to add instant luxury, or grey blues for a sleek and modern style.
  • Pink – a warm and energising colour, go for a muted pastel shade to add softness and lift neutral spaces.
  • Red – go bold and bright with red – add a quirky splash of colour to make a statement.
  • Grey – from light grey to graphite, this neutral palette works just as well in a classic kitchen as in a contemporary kitchen.


Consider size and natural light

If you have a small, narrow kitchen with little natural light go for light tints to make the space feel bigger and more spacious. Dark shades will make the room feel small and oppressive.

On the other hand, a large kitchen with lots of natural light can use darker shades as the room will still feel airy – too much white could make this space feel too sterile and sparse.


Think about how you use your kitchen

To choose a colour palette, think about how the kitchen will be used and choose a scheme that suits this purpose. For example, a monochromatic scheme that uses neutrals and muted hues creates a space ideal for relaxing with a calm, homely feel.

On the other hand, a bright and bold scheme using complementary contrasting colours would create a vibrant, energising feel ideal for family socialising or entertaining.


Kitchen Colour Combinations and Colour Scheme Ideas

Wickham in Olivine and Blush


Wickham in Gunpowder Blue and Oyster Grey


Genoa in Graphite Grey and Dove Grey


Stratford in Mustard Yellow and Smoke Green


Stratford in Blush Pink and Gunpowder Blue


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Use these tips to choose a colour scheme for your kitchen. For more advice on kitchen colours or any aspect of designing your kitchen, contact us today and our design experts can help bring your ideas to life.


The best colours for a kitchen include bright white, warm greys and neutrals, soft pastels such as blush pink and sage green, bold yellows and reds, and deep and dark shades such as navy blue, black, and plum.
The best way to colour coordinate in your kitchen is to use a colour wheel. Choose complementary colours that sit opposite one another on the colour wheel or analogous colours which sit together on the colour wheel. This will help you choose colour combinations that coordinate with each other.
A few of the best colour combinations to try in your kitchen include dark blue and light blue, black and white, blue and yellow, green and gold, and pink and grey.