In a recent survey done by design site Houzz, neutral colour schemes were identified as the most popular choice when choosing wall colours and cabinetry. Far from boring, neutral colours create a sense of calm, while allowing you to add in a few bold touches. So if, like many of those surveyed, you prefer your colours with a little subtlety, find out how to implement a neutral colour scheme in your kitchen today…
Few hues are more timeless than crisp, clean white. It’s a colour you’ll never grow tired of and one that can be dressed with a multitude of shades. Stick to crisp, white walls and then layer on colour through lighting and décor. You could opt for a feature splashback or put up some artwork. Coloured lighting is another popular option for those grown-up kitchens.
If you’re concerned that white may look too clinical, opt for a shade with a yellow undertone for a warmer and more welcoming look.
For wow-factor white kitchen design, be inspired by this kitchen, which combines white and neutrals for a stunning finish.
Grey has fast become one of the most popular colours in interior design. Perhaps one of the more interesting neutral tones, it works well on its own to create an ultra modern look or can be blended with blue to create a washed out stormy blue. Combining it with white, on the other hand, is a great way to brighten the kitchen palette and leave you with a look that’s both modern and sophisticated.
Why not look at some examples of how we’ve incorporated grey in some of our most recent kitchen designs? In this sleek kitchen, gloss basalt grey cabinets create the look, while in this spacious, modern kitchen, basalt grey was teamed with cameo white for a bright and chic look.
Rich beiges and creams can cross the boundaries of neutrality when it comes to creating warmth in small measure. While neutral, they pack a lot of punch and are great for creating a welcoming atmosphere in any room. Beige also looks great when combined with other earthy tones and is well suited to both modern and traditional kitchens.
Why not see the difference beige can make by taking a closer look at this family kitchen? A cashmere colour was used for the wall units and beige tones painted on one of the walls. Atlanta grey wood was also used throughout the design to complete the neutral and earthy look.
While brown may traditionally bring up images of dark and dingy spaces, it’s actually a great colour to use to bring depth and contrast into a kitchen. More often than not, brown tones will be worked into kitchen design through features such as breakfast bars and dining tables – adding that all-important texture.
Still not convinced? This bright and beautiful kitchen shows that with the right design and colour palette, dark brown needn’t dull your kitchen.