Colour Scheme, Matching and Contrasting Colours
For a fair amount of people the biggest choice in a kitchen sadly has little to do with quality and everything to do with their colour scheme. There are people (and I wish I as joking more here) that would be happy with painted chipboard as long as its that perfect shade of baby blue to match their floor.
The sad thing is, there’s really no need to compromise quality for colour. We ourselves stock a brilliant British kitchen which can be custom coloured to any RAL colour.
That being said I do personally believe that some colours just shouldn’t be put on kitchens, as I have mentioned in a previous blog we have had customers request a Chili Red and Atlantic Blue Gloss Kitchen as well as a Lime Green gloss kitchen, Of course I did my best to show the customer what they asked for but its not always possible to make it look as good as the customer imagines and no matter how good the design itself is, if the customer can’t find satisfaction is the colour scheme they wont find the peace of mind they need.
The Red and Blue kitchen in particular posed a challenge, When dealing with a two-tone kitchen there is a pretty obvious separation that colour 1 (usually the darker colour) goes on your base units and tall units and colour 2 goes on the wall units and sometimes the island. With the red and blue kitchen neither colour really appeared brighter and it was hard to really be happy with the colours either way they were placed. Now the red or blue contrasted with a black or white door made a great statement but the customer was adamant the kitchen be red and blue only but didn’t like any mix of the kitchen we tried. Ultimately the project never moved forward.
The lime green kitchen was requested by a customer that owned a sea side holiday home and wanted something striking. Even with the benefit of not being in the property more than a few days a month we worried about 2 things, Would they get sick of a bright green kitchen? and, How would it affect a future sale should they choose to do so?
We showed them their design in the green and talked over our concerns which they took on board, we suggested looking at an alternative design we had done in a gloss white kitchen with green splash back (easily replaceable down the line) and directed them to a colour matching home-ware range where they could purchase a matching Kettle, toaster, knives etc. They saw that this would be the more sensible use of their budget and we proceeded with the white kitchen. The customer got that shot of green they wanted without the risk of devaluing the resale value and if 6 months later they wanted to see a different colour it became so much easier to do.
As of writing this blog, January 2018 we are currently seeing a rise in Grey kitchens and while this might sound boring to some of you reading this, the range this one colour has can be impressive especially when contrasting with each other. Currently we do Light Grey, Basalt Grey, 4 colours of concrete, Pearl Grey, Lava Grey, Grey Oak as well as matt silver doors that lets face it are just grey, that’s over 10 grey doors in a single product range. Grey can offer a quiet sophistication, a more industrial feeling or pull together larger aspects of a design beautifully if used correctly due in large part to its own versatility.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer choices presented when choosing a colour for your kitchen and there is always the fear of making the wrong choices. Hopefully you have a designer that will be honest with you about the choices you make and work with you to resolve any reservations you or they may have.
The good news is certain colours will never really disappear from the vogue. White, Cream, Stainless Steel and Wood will always have a place in the kitchen and there is no problem with playing it safe. A mostly white kitchen can be mixed with just about any colour and provide a strong contrast without looking out of place and I find this a great way to start the design if you are looking for a crazier statement to be made.
In summary don’t be afraid to ask for that nontraditional colour but take into consideration that a designer deals with dozens of kitchens a year and their advice is worth taking into account when your having trouble squaring off an aspect of the project.
Designer at Fit Kitchens and More