Beyond White: A Guide to Choosing Vibrant and Elegant Colours for Your Kitchen

Explore our guide on selecting the perfect colours for your kitchen, moving beyond the conventional choice of white. While white cabinets are a common choice, they often present challenges: they can appear inexpensive, are prone to showing dirt and stains, and may not enhance the colours they’re paired with. Instead, we advocate for a more sophisticated and durable approach. Discover how to blend paint colours with cabinet materials for a stylish, durable kitchen design.

In kitchen design, colour plays a pivotal role in transforming the heart of your home from ordinary to extraordinary. Moving beyond the traditional white, this guide delves into a palette of vibrant and elegant colours, inspired by some of the finest selections from Little Greene and Farrow & Ball, as well as the natural beauty of Cornwall, a key inspiration for Cornish Cabinet & Joinery Co.

The Allure of Green: A Touch of Nature

Green brings a touch of nature and tranquillity into your kitchen in its various shades.  Little Greene’s Garden 86 offers a subtle, soothing presence, perfect for vanity units. For a more vibrant option, Farrow & Ball’s Cooking Apple Green 32 infuses a fresh, lively atmosphere, ideal for creating a focal point with drawer units.

The Depth of Blue: From Serene to Bold

In its myriad shades, blue can range from calming to strikingly bold.  Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue and Stone Blue, used in King Lounge furniture and the Boswell Bedroom, respectively, demonstrate the versatility of blue.  Stiffkey Blue, with its deep, rich tone, is an excellent choice for TV units, adding a touch of sophistication.

The Warmth of Red: Invigorating Your Space

Little Greene’s Theatre Red is an unmatched choice for a bold statement. Ideal for tongue and groove wall panels, this colour adds warmth and drama, creating an inviting and dynamic space.

The Harmony of Wood: Real Wood Veneers and Plywood

Our recommendation often leans towards real wood veneers, such as Oak, Ash, Maple, or Walnut, or high-quality birch plywood, all finished with oil and wax. These materials not only exude a sense of warmth and natural beauty but also offer a robust foundation for a wide spectrum of colour choices. When selecting a paint colour, it’s essential to consider how it complements these richer, more textured wood tones. The right colour can bring out the depth and character of the wood, creating a harmonious and inviting kitchen space.

The Playfulness of Mixed Materials: Little Greene’s Ambleside & Obscura

In the Golant kitchen, the mix of plywood and painted green or blue furniture showcases how combining materials and colours can create a playful yet cohesive look.  Little Greene’s Ambleside and Obscura are excellent choices for this style.

The Zest of Orange: A Vibrant Addition

For those looking to add a pop of vibrant colour, Little Greene’s Heat offers a stunning orange that can energise any space. This colour works exceptionally well in kitchens with ample natural light.

Colour Combinations: Thinking Beyond the Single Hue

Experimenting with colour combinations can yield stunning results. For instance, a yellow and walnut pairing combines the warmth of wood with the cheerfulness of yellow, creating a lively yet balanced kitchen environment.

Stepping away from the classic white kitchen opens up a world of possibilities regarding colour and material combinations. By carefully selecting colours that appeal to your aesthetic sense and complement the materials used in your kitchen, you can create a beautiful and functional space. Remember, your kitchen is not just a place for cooking; it’s a canvas for your style and creativity.

Visualising with CAD: Seeing Your Kitchen Come to Life

 In today’s digital age, computer-aided design (CAD) has become an invaluable tool in kitchen design. This technology lets you visualise your kitchen in your chosen colours and finishes before any physical work begins. Through CAD, you can explore different colour schemes, materials, and layouts, making it easier to make informed decisions about your kitchen’s design. This process helps you achieve the desired look and minimises the risk of costly mistakes or dissatisfaction with the final result.

Stepping away from the classic white kitchen opens up a world of possibilities regarding colour and material combinations. By carefully selecting colours that appeal to your aesthetic sense and complement the materials used in your kitchen, you can create a beautiful and functional space. Remember, your kitchen is not just a place for cooking; it’s a canvas for your style and creativity

Inspired by Cornwall: A Palette from the Landscape and Seascape

At Cornish Cabinet & Joinery Co., we are inspired by the Cornish landscape and seascape. We take cues from the changing shades of the seasons, with the countryside, beaches, rivers, and more providing a dynamic range of colour choices. The natural beauty of Cornwall is reflected in our use of colours like Elephants Breath and Obsidian Green from Farrow & Ball. These warm, neutral, and versatile shades are perfect for creating a kitchen that is both elegant and in harmony with nature.

The natural element of wood also plays a significant role in our design ethos, emphasising our products’ organic and authentic feel. We offer a range of styles and finishes, from traditional shakers to contemporary designs, ensuring that our furniture is aesthetically pleasing, practical, and tailored to individual preferences.

This approach allows us to create furniture that reflects Cornwall’s natural beauty and resonates with our historical and cultural surroundings.

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