Colour in the kitchen
By Gary Baker
Clean and minimalistic have been a kitchen mainstay for a long time now, and the best selling colours for kitchen worktops are still various shades of white. But as technologies and techniques in interior design become more adventurous so do our tastes, and we’re starting to see bolder and brighter colours emerge in our cooking and dining areas. So how can you add colour to your kitchen?
One of the most obvious parts of your kitchen where you can use daring colours is your worktop. Excalibur Fabrications in Sunderland have produced this beautiful and striking worktop in Hot Red Corian, which really makes a statement. While deep colours like this can sometimes make a space seem smaller, the white walls and accents of blue not only open up the space but create a cool but subtle Union Jack theme too.
The solid surface experts at Eric Wilson chose this Mandarin Corian worktop with built in wine rack and integrated hob to give the perfect blend of funky and functionality. This particular kitchen was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs last year, and at the height of the orange colour craze Tangerine was Pantone’s colour of 2012 this pop of colour in a dark grey kitchen with black appliances makes a dramatic statement and elongates the worktop so that the whole room seems longer.
Colourful worktops aren’t the only solution if you want to add colour to your kitchen. Doors are a great way to add accents without going overboard. Matthew James Kitchens have used acid lime green doors to create an eyecatching and exciting space to cook in. Using a bright colour reflects the light just as well as white, so you’ll still achieve that open and airy feel especially if you have the benefit of natural light in your kitchen. The handpainted kitchen trend is still going strong and we’re seeing colourful Corian doors appear as a great alternative.
Another great way to add colour to the kitchen is through the use of accessories. From light pendants to tableware, to the appliances you need to make your kitchen function, colour can be added and built up in small amounts to create a brilliant effect. Argos, for example, have a range of small kitchen appliances in matching colours from just £20, so a revamp is easy to achieve in short splashes of colour. Some of our favourites include this rainbowcoloured gobstopper seat by designer Stuart Melrose, which uses the whole spectrum of Corian colours to create a unique and fun chair and these recycled bowls from American creators S2BH.
Why not consider some of these techniques for your kitchen to add some colour and the added wow factor to your kitchen? If you’re really adventurous you might even try a couple of complimentary colours that go together. Don’t forget that you can always ask an independent kitchen retailer for advice be brave and tell them the shades you have in mind and they’re sure to come up with something that works in the space that you have.