Colour: Is Green The New Grey?

20th January 2017

Is our love for grey in the kitchen about to wane? Well, it could be as the world-renowned authority on colour, Pantone, announced rather surprisingly to many, that its colour of 2017 would be 5-0343 Greenery. A bright citrus green, it’s a world away from the soft dusky Rose Quartz of 2016 and the rich, elegant blues and greys that have been the mainstay of interiors for the past few years.


What this jewel-like shade does reflect, however, is our rejuvenated passion for indoor planting, particularly succulents, and the plethora of accessories in the spring summer collections that are adorned with flora and fauna of all kinds. It also works in conjunction with our love for bringing the outdoors in, creating a sense of harmony between the kitchen and the garden.

While it may be a little out of many people’s comfort zone for a whole kitchen, it will sit well with both modern designs such as our flat-fronted Linear range and even the more traditional lines of our Original cabinets, and can be used sparingly to add zing. Used as an accent shade in moderation, it’s sure to bring fresh life to a kitchen – used on an island or larder it will give those freestanding pieces a sense of individuality.


Splashbacks are also a great way to incorporate colour so it’s worth considering getting your green colour fix with on-trend metro tiles or painted glass. If you’re feeling really brave then there are a number of solid surface companies that have green worktops in their collections – Silestone’s Green Fun is a good match for Greenery and would look great as a funky breakfast bar in a white handleless design.

If you want to keep your cabinetry and surfaces neutral then a feature wall might be a good compromise – take a Pantone chip to match when getting paint mixed or try ‘Garden City’ from Fired Earth or ‘Cricket’ from Earthborne. Painting a chimney breast will help to frame a range cooker, for instance, or giving a coat to a wall close to a dining table will help to zone the space.

Finally, accessories are a clever, and more importantly affordable, way to add a splash of green. For large appliances then Britannia’s Colourange allows you to have one of their range cookers in the exact shade of your choice. Sabichi’s lime green Pyramid kettle is a cool shape and just the right shade too, plus it has a matching toaster. If you have an island or breakfast bar then pick barstools such as the comfy Piso from Dunelm or the Coco from Atlantic shopping. Glass pendant lights will bring a fresh glow to a dining table or breakfast bar – try Modica from Mr Resistor or the Jive 1 from Wayfair.

Of course, if green really isn’t your shade then you can take comfort in the fact that the people at Dulux have kept a little closer to the interiors script and have named Denim Drift – a smoky blue-grey as their colour for 2017! And, one of the key advantages of a painted kitchen is that you can easily update the colour in the future if your tastes or fashions change – without the upheaval of changing the cabinetry.


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