While neutral kitchens can look bright and airy, they can often feel a little sterile and in need of a fresh update. Melissa Klink, Head of Design at Harvey Jones, explains the different ways in which colour can be introduced into the scheme to create a beautiful kitchen with a vibrant personality.
1. C O L O U R F U L C A B I N E T R Y
“The kitchen is the perfect environment for experimenting with colour on both a large or small scale. Coloured cabinets can completely transform the look of a room, however, bold statements are not for everyone. Bursts of bright shades, such as tangerine or indigo, on a kitchen island or pantry work incredibly well in plain designs. By keeping the rest of the cabinetry in muted tones, it avoids a confused appearance, and instead blends perfectly to create a stylish space. When deciding on your shade of paint, make sure you consider your space first – kitchens with lots of light can take a bolder, darker colour, while in a more enclosed room bright cabinets will help create the illusion of a bigger space.”
Harvey Jones is renowned for their hand-painted kitchens, delivered from the Cambridge workshop where they have been traditionally constructed and primed ready for painting. After installation, the cabinetry is carefully hand-painted in any chosen colour by a talented team of specialists, ensuring the kitchen is finished to the highest standards and customised to each homeowner.
2 . P A T T E R N E D S P L A S H B A C K S
“If you’re wanting to brighten the kitchen with a bit of colour without overpowering it, you can incorporate a bolder palette through coloured and patterned splashbacks. As well as being practical, they can create a stylish statement. Vibrant shades such as ocean-inspired blues, botanical greens and pastel pinks are accentuated perfectly when contrasted against a neutral base of charcoal, crisp white or wood. Confident pops of colour add interest and character to a neutral kitchen creating a balanced look.”
3 . B R I G H T A C C E S S O R I E S
“Accessories are a key factor in the look and feel of a kitchen and must be given due consideration. The styles, colours and finishes can all impact upon the overall look and also tie all elements together. Accessories are a wonderful, unexpected way to introduce subtle colour into the space if you’re not brave enough for bold walls and cabinetry. Stools, cushions and decorative items allow customers to bring block shades into the kitchen without dominating the space, and they can easily be replaced when a change of scheme suits.”