10 colourful kitchen ideas

Love living with colour? Check out these inspirational kitchen ideas

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Designing a kitchen from scratch? Whether yours is a high-gloss kitchen in a contemporary home or a painted kitchen in a period property, a colourful kitchen design will give the hub of your home instant personality. Here's how to add a splash of colour to your kitchen...

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1. Get a retro vibe with candy hues

Retro kitchens are definitely making a comeback and a key part of the design trend is plenty of colour. These simple kitchen cabinets have been painted with Benjamin Moore’s Normandy– try combining this darker hue with candy colours and vintage kitchenware to recreate this look.

Retro kitchen with cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore Normandy

(Image: © Benjamin Moore)

2. Mix complementary colours

Choosing a palette of a just a few similar colours can still result in a standout kitchen. We love the blue and gold colour scheme in this kitchen, it’s a very simple design if you look closely but the colours prevent it from being plain. 

The cabinets in this kitchen have been painted in Aubusson Blue and the walls finished with Metal Leaf in Brass. 

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Aubusson Blue with Brass Leaf gilding on splashback

(Image: © Annie Sloan)

3. Or go for a colour clash 

If maximalism is more your thing, choose contrasting colours for your kitchen. The bold shades in this modern kitchen work perfectly combined with stainless steel worktops, accents of white and plenty of natural light. 

Colourful modern kitchen

(Image: © Alistair Nicholls)

4. Add a colourful splashback 

If you aren’t ready to commit to a techno coloured kitchen, or maybe you're renting so holding back from creating the colourful kitchen of your dreams, try adding just a touch of colour with a splashback

Kitchen by Ikea.  

Kitchen with a colourful splashback by Ikea

(Image: © Ikea)

5. Get creative with colourful tiles

Adding some colourful patterned tiles can be a really quick way to create a lot of interest in a kitchen. It’s even something you could do yourself over a weekend, just check out our guide on how to tile a wall

Colourful kitchen tiles

(Image: © Original Style)

6. On a budget? Try painting your kitchen cabinets 

If you are doing up a kitchen on a budget and don’t want to splash out on brightly coloured kitchen cabinets, try painting your existing ones. Check out our guide to painting kitchen cabinets to get you started. These cabinets have been painted in Farrow and Ball’s Stiffkey Blue, we love how it looks mixed with the contrasting yellow kitchen accessories. 

Kitchen painted in Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

(Image: © Farrow and Ball)

7. Create a country feel with pastels 

If you didn’t think that colour could work in a country-style kitchen, think again. The pastel hues of this Shaker kitchen by deVOL work perfectly in the more traditional space. Team these pale colours with a marble worktop and gold accessories to prevent it from looking too twee. 

Pastel kitchen by deVOL

(Image: © deVOL)

8. Combine deep grey with a pop of colour 

Grey counts as a colour too right? Steal the idea from this kitchen and pair dark grey cabinets it with a bright feature wall, quirky decorations and a statement tile flooring. For a similar sunshine yellow, try Dulux’s Lemon Punch

Grey and yellow kitchen

(Image: © Jeremy Phillips)

9. Choose muted colours for a more subtle look

If you don’t think crazy bold colours are going to suit your kitchen try picking out darker, more muted hues. We are still obsessed with moody interiors and we can’t get enough of this dark teal Sebastian Cox kitchen by deVOL. 

deVOL kitchen in dark teal

(Image: © deVOL)

10. Small kitchen? You can still go big on colour

We have this tendency to play it safe in small spaces – all white everything is going to make the space look bigger, right? Wrong! You can still be brave in a small kitchen, just look at this lovely teal kitchen from Ikea. It doesn’t overwhelm the space but it far more interesting that various hues of greige. 

Kitchen by Ikea

(Image: © Ikea)

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