The kitchen is statistically the most used room in the house, which is why it can often seem so daunting when re-designing or renovating the kitchen. It can, at times, seem like there are an endless amount of considerations; layout, style, type of cabinetry to name just a few. However, one of the seemingly smaller considerations that can make a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the kitchen is the colour scheme of both the cabinetry and walls. Here we outline some of the key factors to bear in mind when selecting colour schemes Painted kitchen cabinetry has become increasingly popular in recent years as homeowners are often looking to put an individual stamp on their kitchen. When it comes to selecting colours, as tempting as it can be to splash out on bold or outlandish tones, there are some factors to be considered carefully beforehand. The colour of the kitchen, or cabinetry will be greatly affected by the light in the room - the way it falls and reflects off of the cabinets and walls.
This means that it is important to work out the orientation of the room, as this impacts when the room will be exposed to the sunlight. Generally speaking, south facing kitchens can often take more flexibility with kitchen colours as they get the most sunlight. As a result, these kitchens can often take darker tones without making the overall room seem to heavy. It may sound obvious, but kitchens that don't attract much natural sunlight can benefit from warmer pastel shades. It is also important to consider the purpose of the room, and its size. If the homeowner is fortunate enough to benefit from a large open plan kitchen and living space, a different approach to selecting colours is often required. This is because the homeowner is likely to spend more time in this room, and as it serves multiple purposes such as entertaining guests and being the main hub of the home, the colour scheme also needs to be suitable for each and every one of these activities. Pastel shades of grey, green, blue and cream are particularly popular for cabinetry, as anything too bright could be overbearing in this type of room. However, many homeowners choose to keep wooden kitchen cabinetry in its natural form with exposed wood work. Darker timbers such as walnut remain popular, as the woodgrain tends to be quite prominent depending on whether the woodgrain was cut horizontally or vertically.
Other popular timbers include Oak which can either be used across the entire kitchen or on specific cabinets to create a unique design feature. In both the above cases it can be beneficial to keep wall colours to neutral shades in order to truly showcase the cabinetry. Finally many homeowners are now choosing to combine two different finishes - especially where they have an open plan kitchen design. Many kitchen designers will create bespoke furniture for the 'living' areas of the room which complement the more functional cooking area. In fact a clever use of juxtaposing painted cabinetry with exposed wood can help delineate different zones within a room. In addition to the colour and style of kitchen cabinetry it is also important to look at craftsmanship of the carcasses themselves. The overall finish is greatly affected by how it was manufactured. Cheaper, mass made cabinetry is unlikely to offer the same amount of precision joinery as its bespoke counterpart, whilst the initial cost of bespoke cabinetry may at first be off-putting, it is the long term investment potential that can ensure it offers life time value.