Using Colour Theories To Design Your Kitchen
Colour can be an evasive subject, and because there are seemingly few hard-and-fast rules, it can be difficult to know if your palette is right. Get your kitchen’s colour palette right from the start and your room will be harmonious and cohesive. Get it wrong and you risk some elements looking out of place.
In today’s blog, we run through several key principles when it comes to selecting colours. Use this as a guide to choose a design theme for your kitchen, from designing a palette to applying your colour scheme to your interior design.
Think about your general style
Certain styles lend themselves more readily to particular colour palettes.
Do you gravitate more towards modern, sleek and cutting-edge design, or do you prefer something traditional or mid-century? When it comes to materials, do you prefer natural materials like wood and stone, or do you lean towards a more manufactured vibe with brushed steel and copper?
Using a colour wheel
A colour wheel is a basic tool in a designer’s kit and, while it can’t be used for everything, it’s a helpful way to get colour inspiration. You could also use it to design your basic colour palette.
There are a couple of ways to use it:
- Pick a colour from one side of the wheel as your dominant design shade, then pick two more from the opposite side of the wheel
- Pick one colour as a starting point and choose the two colours sitting on either side of it to provide accents
- Choose two colours that are directly opposite each other
Flip through magazines and style blogs
Browse the shelves of your local newsagency, or head online to peruse style magazines and blogs for inspiration. Cut out a selection of photos that capture your imagination. Are there colours they have in common?
Warm versus cool hues
While you might have a good idea about the colours you like, have you stepped back to consider whether warm or cool undertones will work best in your kitchen? Undertones refers to the temperature of the colour; whether it’s bright or cooling. For example, red could either be vibrant and bright, or have more dramatic, moody undertones – depending on if it’s a warm or cool shade.
- Warm colours have red, orange or yellow undertones
- Cool colours have blue, purple or green undertones
Drawing colour through the room
While it might seem easier to choose one colour and stick with it throughout your interiors, this method lacks depth and your room could start to look contrived. Instead, layer complementary colours together for a richer look.
There are some clever ways to do this:
- Pick one shade in your favourite painting and use your colour wheel to select cushions or a wall clock in a complementary colour
- Choose kitchen appliances with similar undertones to your floorboards
- Contrast your dramatic benchtops with a paler wall colour
When it comes to colour, there’s no right or wrong answer; a lot of colour theory depends on what colours or shades feel right together in your home. Experiment and play with your colour choices, pull out paint swatches and speak to our interior designers to get their views. At Apollo Kitchen, we’re here to help you with your kitchen design. Reach out to our friendly experts today.