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Kitchen Colours

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Colour is one of the most important elements in your home and directly affects your kitchen design. You can use colours to lift your mood and to change the way you feel about the kitchen space. Colour plays a huge part of a design, whether it’s for a classic or modern kitchen design.

Colour wheels are a very good way of understanding and selecting colours for use in kitchens. Colours are all made up of hue, intensity and tone. Hue is an indication of where the colour is on the colour wheel. Intensity is how bright or pure a colour is, low intensities can look dirty. Tone is used to describe the lightness or darkness of a colour.

The colour wheel represents three types of colour

  • Primary – (Red Blue Yellow) – the base colours
  • Secondary – (Orange Green Violet) – made from mixing the primary colours together
  • Tertiary – made from mixing a primary colour with a secondary colour

Relationship of colours

When selecting the colours for your kitchen you want to select colours which are pleasing to the eye. You need to take into account the current colour of your home and you should select a colour palette that matches this. You can use the colour wheel to help you select more harmonious colours.

complementary-colours-interior-designs-for-kitchenComplementary Colours – These are colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel. The high contrast of complementary colours creates a vibrant look especially when used at full saturation. This colour scheme must be managed well so it is not jarring. Complementary colours are tricky to use in large doses, but work well when you want something to stand out.

analogous-colours-interior-designs-for-kitchenAnalogous Colours – These are colours that are side by side on the colour wheel. Analogous colour schemes are often found in nature and are harmonious and pleasing to the eye. Make sure you have enough contrast when choosing an analogous colour scheme. Choose one colour to dominate, a second to support. The third colour is used (along with black, white or gray) as an accent.

triadic-colours-interior-designs-for-kitchenTriadic colours – A triadic colour scheme uses colours that are evenly spaced around the colour wheel. Triadic colour harmonies tend to be quite vibrant, even if you use pale or unsaturated versions of your hues. To use a triadic harmony successfully, the colours should be carefully balanced – let one colour dominate and use the two others for accent.

Warm colours are vivid and energetic, and tend to advance in space. Cool colours give an impression of calm, and create a soothing impression. White, black and gray are considered to be neutral.


Yellows can create a happy, sunny feel and will make the room appear brighter. Yellow radiates warmth and is a reflective colour.


Blues can give a tranquil, serene feeling and sense of spaciousness. Blues are calming and help us think of our environment.


Reds can create a wonderfully warm, passionate feeling with a hint of excitement, and are renowned as a colour of strength and power. Red works wonders as a dramatic entrance colour or in a formal or contemporary dining or living area.


Relaxing and restful to the eye, greens create a cool, fresh and calm atmosphere. Greens come in many shades and can be lime, mint, citrus, or teal.


Decorating with purple can create an illusion of grandeur. Lavender is lovely in a baby’s nursery and you could easily try a rich eggplant for a feature wall in your living area.


Whites and neutrals are ideal for creating a clean, classical backdrop and will allow you to add a splash of your favourite colour to any space. You have options of cooler or warmer whites and neutrals, such as greys, beiges, tans, creams and coffees.




One of the best places to look for inspiration is just going for a walk, nature provides a lot of examples of good colour schemes. Another place to look is at your local paint shop, where you can even get colour samples.