The best way to organise your thoughts and make an otherwise overwhelming task both fun and manageable is to start from the floor. Are you having tiles or timber? Concrete or vinyl? Select your floor finish and colour then work your way up from there: cabinetry, benchtop, splashback, overhead cabinets and finally, wall paint. We’ve compiled a short guide of our top tips for selecting colours for your new kitchen, making sure you have a colour scheme you are happy with:
Select your style
Think of the style and feel you want in your kitchen. Is it a relaxed, informal environment or a classic, luxurious vibe? This will help narrow down your options as particular colours, textures and finishes lend themselves well to specific environments. For example, a concrete benchtop is the perfect choice for an industrial styled kitchen.
Always make sure to view a sample of the exact product you are interested in rather than basing your decision on a photograph or website. Research using magazines and websites but always make sure to visit showrooms to view full sized samples of relevant products such as tiles and benchtops. Marble or reconstituted stone benchtops with large veining for example, must always be selected from full slabs as smaller samples only offer a glimpse of these beautiful stones. The same goes with tiles; tiles are a tactile surface with a multitude of colours and textures to choose from and in order to fully understand the product you are purchasing, it is best to visit our showroom.
Selecting paint colours
Paint chips are an excellent way to start however, it is important to keep in mind that all paint colours change, sometimes dramatically, depending on the lighting in your own home. Always purchase sample pots of your selected paint colours and test them in your home to get a better indication of how the colour will look; check on it at different times of the day to see how it changes in your home’s natural light.
Also in relation to wall paints, if you prefer to use white in your home, the easiest way to choose a white paint is to start off with sample cards and compare each shade to see the slight differences. Most times, it is best to avoid a completely stark white wall paint as it can appear clinical, flat and also cause unease as well as being a little harsh on the eye. Instead, opt for whites with more depth to them. There are literally hundreds of whites to choose from: some cooler with blue or grey tints, and some warmer with cream or the ever popular, ‘greige’ tint. These whites are more soothing on the eye and make for a comforting vibe.
Using a dark colour scheme
Although it is a general rule of thumb to not use dark colours in small spaces, there are ways around this if you would like to use your favourite darker hues without cramping up the room. Use darker colours to accent the colour scheme rather than going entirely dark; for example, create a kitchen with a two tone colour scheme using a darker finish for your overhead cupboards and island bench with a lighter colour on the rest of the cabinetry. This technique allows you to get a little more creative with your use of colour and texture in a small space.
Most importantly, select colours in your kitchen that reflect your own tastes and personality; colours that showcase the people living in this home; colours and textures that you love! Don’t be afraid to be a little adventurous and bold in your colour choices!
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Author Bio- Interior Designer for Perini Kitchens & Bathrooms, Dimitra has earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and is an asset to the Perini team. She has been in the industry for close to 10 years and enjoys keeping up to date with all the latest trends and technology in the world of residential design. Dimitra loves nothing more than being able to work closely with our clients to create the home of their dreams and enjoys seeing their excitement at the end of each project!