Bold colours for your kitchen

Are you looking for colour inspiration for your kitchen renovation? Choosing bold kitchen colours is a great way to add some life to your home, and can make a big difference to the mood of the space. In interior design, colour is used to generate emotional and sometimes even physical responses – so choosing the right tones can really help create a distinct personality for the space. At the end of the day, it does come down to your personal tastes, but understanding the science behind it can help you nail down your vision.

So, what are some bold kitchen ideas that will make a statement? We’ve put together some of our favourite and most popular kitchen colours, and delved into the colour theory behind them. Want to see what a statement colour could look like in your space? Your local DDK is ready to help with swatches and ideas for complimentary accessories and fixtures. Let’s jump in!

Go green 

Green is a top trending colour in 2022, but it’s also a traditionally popular choice. It’s a colour that goes hand in hand with nature, making it quite grounding. The psychology around this colour tells us that it’s calming, and represents growth, and new beginnings. It’s also been shown to improve focus – useful for when you’re cooking up a storm!

Some of the most popular shades are sage and olive green, and we’ve seen great results with feature splashbacks or coloured kitchen doors.

Complimentary colours

A colour combination with universal appeal is olive green paired with champagne or cream accents. You can also add some luxe factor with gold or brass handles, which look great against a muted green.

Bring out your best with blue

If you want to feel relaxed, blue is the way to go. In fact, according to a 2018 study, exposure to the colour blue has a similar effect to taking blood pressure-lowering medication. At DDK, we’ve seen this colour trending, with more and more of our clients implementing blue shades into their kitchen.

We’ve observed that deep royal blues are the preferred tone among our customers. This is quite an elegant option, while lighter blue is associated with tranquillity. So, if you want your kitchen to be relaxing but productive, blue is the key.

Complimentary colours

For a classic style, opt for some blue cabinetry paired with brass hardware. It will accentuate the rich tones of both materials, and bring an elegant flavour to the traditional kitchen design. Otherwise, if you’re a navy fan, contrast it with warm cream hues to achieve a costal vibe.

Pop with pink

Pink is traditionally a feminine colour, but recently it’s emerged as a popular gender neutral option among interior designers. Pink tones represent serenity and compassion, and there’s even a particular shade of pink, called Baker-Millar pink, known to keep people calm.

Looking for a way to bring a splash of pink into your kitchen? At DDK, we’ve seen great results with pale pink walls and statement splashbacks.

Complimentary colours

White is typically one of the most popular kitchen colours, but it can also be used as a contrast for more bold tones, and complements pink very effectively, conjuring a distinctly retro feel thanks to the popularly of this combo in the 50s.

Another option – though it may sound unusual – is a pink and green colour palette. It’s a pairing that makes a statement, but is still surprisingly versatile depending on the shades. It looks great in a farmhouse style kitchen, or can even be used to create a cottage core aesthetic.

Own it with orange and terracotta

From bright retro orange, to muted terracotta tones, orange is one of the boldest colours you can choose to decorate your kitchen. According to colour psychology, the combination of red’s drive and yellow’s energy represents adventure and confidence. This is especially great if you love to host – the vitality and positivity creates a welcoming atmosphere for your guests.

If you want to jump right in and make a statement, a feature splashback could be the way to go. For a subtler approach, you can accessorise with appliances and home décor options that offer dashes of colour. For example, your wall-art, toaster, kettle, and maybe a nice vase in the same orange tone can create a fun splash.

Complimentary colours

For an accent colour, pastel shades like blue and lilac compliment well, and soften the orange when paired with white walls. You can also consider working with russet for some bold kitchen designs – the darker orange is soft and versatile, allowing you to pair it with mid-toned wood, blush pinks, or white.

Yellow? It’s your dream kitchen calling

When you see the colour yellow, what do you think of? Colour theory says that yellow is associated with the sun – joy, warmth, hope, cheerfulness and fun. So, if you want your kitchen to stand out, sunny yellow is the way to go. This attention-grabbing tone is very stimulating, and it’s a great accent for someone who likes to socialise in their kitchen.

You can either go with a darker tone like mustard for grounding, or opt for something lighter and uplifting. It’s a great styling highlight, or the perfect hue for a feature wall. Just take care to be subtle in how you use it, as too much yellow can be straining on the eyes.

Complimentary colours

A big benefit to yellow is that it’s so versatile. Whether you want orange, green, white, pink, brown, or even marble, yellow offers a great balance. To craft a well-rounded colour palette, use a dark neutral colour as well as white, then select a yellow tone for accents. For something super bright and colourful, look to nature and see what works together, like green or red.

Bring your kitchen to life with DDK 

When all is said and done, at the end of the day your unique and individual taste will be the deciding factor on the kitchen colours you choose. After all, you’re the one who will be in there every day so make sure the colours you choose resonate with you. 

If you’re needing tips on bringing colour to your kitchen, we’re here to help. By using your existing kitchen structure, our Kitchen Facelift is a simple way to update your doors and fixtures with the colours of your choice. Contact your local DDK today and our team will bring your dream kitchen to life.