When you're choosing shades for your kitchen, it's always daunting to move away from the all-white or wooden classics
Yet it's quite easy to have a bit of fun with colour – here, achieving a contrast is the key. By mixing colours, either in the cabinetry, wall paint or the accessories, you create an element of interest, as we find out here...
1. Contrasting Cabinetry
A great approach when it comes to personalising your kitchen will be combining two colours - it can change the entire feel of the room.
By opting for darker walls or base units and choosing a brighter shade elsewhere, you get depth and character added to the space. Think about mixing soft tones of slate grey with natural stone - by using these subtle tones, you get a clean, airy feel that works in harmony.
Another popular choice is playing with rich textures such as wood grains and matt finishes. Combining lighter natural oaks with the deep hues of gunpowder grey will complement each other perfectly, adding an element of luxury.
2. Paint Techniques
The clever use of paint can also help you achieve some unexpected effects. If you're looking to make a statement, why not try a standout midnight blue shade on the cabinetry? Don't let having a smaller space put you off using darker colours - while it is sometimes true they need decorating in lighter colours to appear larger, a dark colour with light trim and bright accents also creates a stylish look.
If you do opt for a bolder shade, make sure you check the colour throughout the day - colours will look very different in natural and artificial lights. Remember that matt finishes can appear darker than gloss though - even when they're the same shade.
If you're shying away from making a big commitment, accessories could be your friend. Accent pieces will be a perfect way to give you some hints of contrasting colour, while providing the assurance that they could be changed easily.
You can use artwork, smaller pieces of furniture, dinnerware and appliances if you're looking to experiment with colour combinations. You can highlight areas or add vibrant splashes of much needed colour with bolder shades. It's worth balancing the colour combinations against the space of the colour to make sure the eye is led around the room - this makes the combinations harmonious rather than jarring. When you're feeling braver and you know what works, you can start to expand with larger doses of colour too.
Tips courtesy of Optiplan Kitchens