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Goodbye monochrome, hello colour

The days of the glossy white kitchen are numbered, it seems. Instead, colour is set to explode into our kitchens in a way we’ve never seen before. Of course that doesn’t mean you have to rip out your white kitchen immediately, but allowing colour into your kitchen makes a design statement that is both utterly modern and completely timeless.

Natural inspiration

Ultra-Violet might be Pantone’s Colour of the Year, but natural shades of green and blue are set to make a big impact in contemporary kitchens. Choose moody and ocean inspired hues like deep teal and stained wood surfaces with a complementary shade. It’s a bold choice for any kitchen but can also create an energising mood, particularly when paired with simple, natural accessories and cloudy white walls.

If you prefer something more subtle, then why not try sage green? Extremely sophisticated, sage and mint greens add a calm beauty to your kitchen. Err on the side of grey-greens for an understated impact, and with colour on colour kitchens becoming increasingly popular, why not pair teal floor standing cabinets with sage green wall cabinets for a unique and fresh take on the look?

Desaturated blue

If you love Scandinavian design then the trend towards desaturated blues and powder finishes is the height of elegance for a cool and contemporary kitchen. Marine blue kitchen walls pair beautifully with white cabinets for a modern take on the trend, or opt for powder blue cabinets and milky walls for a fresh take on a farmhouse kitchen. Opt for a stronger blue to make a design statement and pick up on the Moroccan accents with gorgeous tiles in shades of turquoise, yellow and orange.

Colour blocking

If you’re not ready to step away from your gloss white kitchen just yet, there are plenty of other ways to play with colour in your kitchen. For example, opt to swap out one or two cabinet doors for a pop of bright red, or play with the tuxedo kitchen and change your base or wall cabinet doors for black or grey and then add a pop of colour with a bright metro tiled splashback, a sunshine yellow wall or maximalist kitchen chairs in bright reds and blues. If that’s too much for you, then soft powder pastel pink is a delicate and on-trend way to create highlights in your kitchen.

Statement worktops

Deep, dark and dramatic is the on-trend look for worktops. And with advances in worktop technology, you don’t have to pay fortunes to get the look of riven slate or natural stone. Try waterfalling your worktop over the edge of an island, or use a single statement piece of high contrast marble to create a stunning focal point. Upgrade from laminate to engineered stone for the most cost-effective and long lasting take on this trend.

Ultra-everything

They say fortune favours the brave, and painting everything in your kitchen in Pantone’s Ultra-Violet is nothing if not a striking statement. But don’t count out the influence of this deep and luxurious colour. Coloured appliances are a hot trend, so opt for an Ultra-Violet fridge or stand mixer for an instant update. Use purple on an island unit, or maybe a reclaimed dresser or add a tiled splashback in an energising shade from lilac to amethyst. A purple wall with sage green cabinets is a combination that can look both calming and timeless, and why not paint your chairs or a kitchen table in vibrant Ultra-Violet for a hip splash of colour in an otherwise neutral kitchen?

Whether you’re inspired to paint a wall or refurbish your entire kitchen, the smallest injection of colour can quickly energise a space and make you see it afresh. If you love kitchen design and colour there’s plenty to excite you and inspire your creativity, so why not start with replacement kitchen doors and ease yourself into a world of colour.