The newest kitchens add drama and personality to a space by including tones ranging from rich and dark shades right through to bright and zesty hues. The most popular new shades in kitchen cabinetry are at the darker end of the spectrum, which also makes them easier to work with and love long-term – think navy and charcoal, with dark forest green also a strong contender.
If colour in the kitchen is new to you, start with the classics: black and navy. These hues work with the traditional white base of kitchens and can complement most accessories. A case in point is this kitchen’s Kaboodle cabinetry in Blue Pea, a deep, saturated colour that works with the warm grey walls (Porter’s Paints Shell Grey) and the bright white benchtop, sink and tiles to create a classic look that’s easy to live with. Open shelving allows the potential for more bold expression, if you choose; accessorise with brightly coloured cookbooks and canisters, or keep it muted.
While colour is an easy way to add personality, it doesn’t have to be restricted to the cabinetry. Try using colour and pattern on the splashback – trade the white picket tiles used here for hexagonal marble mosaics or something even brighter. Or experiment with interesting finishes, such as a feature pendant light. Use taps and hardware to make a statement by choosing warm metals over standard chrome, and consider taking the luxe effect further with a beautiful gold kitchen sink.
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