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Scandi-style minimal kitchen featuring a blue splashback
Get creative in the heart of your home with a personality-defining choice of colours. We'll show you the easiest ways to achieve a professional, personalised finish.


Go bold in the kitchen

A new kitchen is a big investment. Historically, white has been the rule in timeless style. However, that’s changing. A swath or pop of colour can bring a new kitchen to life, delivering a bigger return of happiness for the time and money invested. Ready to set your colour wheel in motion? Here’s how.

How to choose the right colour

Painting is low-commitment, but provides a huge creative and personalised return. Specialist paints can liven up everything from tiles to benchtops and cabinetry.. Feeling adventurous? Dulux colour and communications manager Andrea Lucena-Orr suggests refreshing your kitchen island, walls or splashback in a stand-out colour. As always, it pays to do your due diligence with paint samples, says Andrea. To find the right shade, she suggests “moving swatches around the space to view in natural and artificial lighting, and against fixtures, and keep samples up for a few days before you make that final decision.”
Yellow-cream coloured kitchen cabinets with matte black hardware

Add colour to cabinetry

Try rich, earthy hues that border on neutral: olive green, clay pink and buttery yellow. Briony Mikrou of Kaboodle Kitchen suggests using one colour for base cabinets and another complementary finish for wall cabinets. If you lean toward a Hamptons look, teal, moss and duck egg blue will take it to the next level. Scandi-style loves a pop of pink or sage, while country homes favour bush tones. Products like Kaboodle’s Paint Your Own Doors range provide plenty of options. Coloured stone is also having a moment, so try Kaboodle’s marble-look Santolina benchtops for a wash of seafoam blue on the island bench.

Go for tiled or glass splashbacks

“Splashbacks allow you to express colour within a kitchen and, while it’s a permanent update, it can also be changed more easily than cabinetry,” says Bunnings trend and design manager Jane Wright. Tiles are the go-to for adding colour, texture and functionality all at once. “Try adding earth-toned or muted blue or green handmade-look tiles to a neutral kitchen,” suggests Jane. Play up tile patterns with a premixed coloured grout, or opt for an entirely different look with a swathe of colour-backed glass. Amid muted tones and clean lines, a colourful splashback is the star of this Scandi-style kitchen.

Pink kitchen with white honeycomb tiles and granite benchtop

Add colour with accessories

For tapware, Jane says black, brass, gold and pewter all work with coloured kitchens, but coloured tapware is also on the horizon in colours such as sage green, clay, terracotta, indigo, mustard and white. Meanwhile, Briony suggests swapping out handles to add interest, and recommends open shelving with steel frame or layered timber shelves as the ultimate pedestal for tonal ceramics, dinnerware and potted greenery.

Country, farmhouse style kitchen with rich green cabinets, brass tapware, and matte black accessories]

Want to know how to execute a specific style?

From modern industrial kitchens to all-black interior schemes, our kitchen styles page has design inspiration and ideas that will walk you through creating your dream look.


Photo Credit: Alejandro Sosa 3D


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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.