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The Dos and Don’ts of Kitchen Colour Schemes

At Apollo Kitchens, we have been involved in the design process of many kitchen renovations. Although there’s no right or wrong customisation, we’ve been around kitchens long enough to give you a heads up on the dos and don’ts of kitchen colour schemes



Research colour theories
Colour is subjective. We all have a different preference for different reasons. In a previous blog post, we study colour theories and how to understand the basics of this principle. It can be a challenge to know if your chosen colour scheme is right. To get started you’ll need a colour wheel. These are easily downloaded from the internet or available at your local hardware store. 

First, choose one colour from one side of the wheel as your preferred shade. Next, choose two secondary colours more from the opposite side of the wheel. Choosing two colours that are directly opposite each other on the colour wheel will ensure your palette is harmonious. 

Colour block
The Pantone colour for 2020 is, ‘classic blue’, described as calming and with the power to instill connections. You might be wondering how to incorporate this colour into your kitchen colour scheme: colour blocking.

You can’t go wrong with colour blocking. The majority of the kitchens will work with neutral palettes. Try adding a bold feature colour to the light fittings, splashback or the skirting boards. This will create contrast and brighten up the entire mood in the kitchen. We’re experts on colour trends, read about what’s trending right now in colour schemes.  

Consider all white
To some people, white isn’t a colour. This means it’s a colour you’ll never get sick of. Sticking with an all-white or off-white kitchen will add light to the room and make the space feel bigger. Adding colourful appliances or artwork is a fun, non-committal approach to adding colour and will save you the pain of painting over green walls in three-years’ time. 

Go for warm colours
Warm colours have red, orange or yellow undertones and cool colours have blue, purple or green undertones. Warm colours are inviting. Exactly what you’re aiming to do in a kitchen: invite people into your home. A warm colour scheme will create a cosy environment for cooking from the heart. Balance two or more warm tones together with neutrals such as warm reds and butter yellows with black, beige or white. 

Be wary of undertones
What is an undertone? Every colour has an undertone. Think hair dyes…platinum blonde has an icy, blue-purple undertone to keep the hair tone cool. Learning how kitchen paint undertones are formulated will prevent you from finding out that the colours you’ve paired together don’t seem to work well together in the entire colour scheme of your kitchen.  


Be afraid of black
Monochromatic kitchens are timeless and a popular option for homeowners who want a classic colour scheme. Black is also the perfect colour for appliances, sinks and everything you think might get dirty. Black and white is a combination that’ll never not be modern in kitchen design. Not convinced by black? Try navy blue or grey. You’ll be surprised how these cooler colours schemes can provide modern accents to the entire kitchen. 

Don’t overdo the colour coordination
It’ll be noticeable if you overdo the use of three repetitive colours in the kitchen design. Think federation…red, yellow and green. The opposite of colour blocking will be distracting and date quickly. Tonal colours such as beige and bone are subtle and less likely to clash with the accessories that you fill the room with. 

Don’t forget to play around with samples

Samples are there to be taken. Grab a handful of colours that stand out to you and sit with them for a few days, weeks, months. You’ll never regret taking your time to choose. You might also find it’s helpful to use Pinterest as kitchen design inspiration


Don’t forget the rest of the house

Consider the rest of your house. If your house is older in design and you’re wanting to go for modern kitchen design, it’s worth incorporating key features for consistency’s sake. Keep the rooms similar in colour scheme to avoid discrepancy in the house. A good way to play around with colour in this instance is by incorporating a feature wall in the kitchen. 


Don’t second guess your gut
It’s your home, it’s where you’re going to live for a good amount of years. Go with what feels right for you and don’t second guess it. 


We discuss everything you need to know about kitchen colour schemes in our 2020 Design Trends eBook. Download it now.


Still unsure what colour scheme to choose for your kitchen renovation? At Apollo Kitchens, we’re here to help you. Reach out to us today and we’ll happily provide you with our expert advice.

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