Colourful kitchen design ideas will give the hub of your home instant personality, whether yours is a high-gloss kitchen in a contemporary home or a painted kitchen in a period property. Choosing the right colour is a must since it will set the tone for the adjacent rooms. Whether you want to limit the colour to the kitchen island, to the cabinetry only or to the walls, too, is a decision that needs to be made carefully.
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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.
If you love the vintage style go and take a look at our retro kitchen design ideas.
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.
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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.
Find more ways of getting the look with our favourite maximalist design ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 tiled flooring. For a similar sunshine yellow, try Dulux’s Lemon Punch.
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 dark, atmospheric interiors and we can’t get enough of this dark teal Sebastian Cox kitchen by 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.
We have loads more small kitchen ideas over in our gallery.
11. Choose a colourful kitchen island
We are big fans of a kitchen island. They are a great way to add a bit of extra storage, more prep space and you can always use them to tag on some extra seating. But practicalities aside, they also give you the opportunity to be bolder in the finish or colour you choose, or perhaps allow you to choose a more expensive worktop material that you wouldn't have dared to use for the whole kitchen.
Here Magnet’s classic Dunham shaker style kitchen in Pass the Merlot and Truffle Oil has been paired with white worktops for a clean, crisp finish.
Check out more kitchen island ideas in our dedicated gallery.
12. Choose a vibrant shade of green
Want to add real oomph to a smaller kitchen? Our answer is: a bold, vibrant green. A juicy green shade will really bring out the quality of your cabinets – and bring to life other details, such as lighting and handles.
The Peckham Rye kitchen by deVol makes a truly stunning case for going bold with colour. We love the way the same colour and finish has been applied to the walls and the cabinets, making the decorative elements of the kitchen stand out. The addition of marble completes the luxurious, eclectic look.
13. Introduce colourful furniture to a neutral space
Not everyone wants a brightly coloured kitchen, but that doesn't mean you can't introduce colour to a neutral room with brightly painted furniture. Giving wooden dining furniture a lick of paint is the quickest way to achieve a new look – as in this pretty space.
Find out how to paint furniture in our step by step guide.