Gone are the days of strictly white on white kitchens. While there are current trends for new colour combinations, many of these will fade with time and end up looking dated after a couple of years. What will bring value to your property are renovations that will appeal to a broad buying base rather than a palette that is attractive to a few buyers. If you don’t intend on selling, you want to choose colour combinations that you won’t regret after a couple of years. In this article, Nu-Look will explore 5 timeless and beautiful kitchen colour schemes.
1. NATURAL EARTH TONES
Get back to a classic kitchen colour scheme by choosing natural earth tones. It’s chic without the fuss and is built to last, where materials and textures that reflect nature (timber and rocks) are combined with elements of nature (such as plants, textured mats and chairs). A dramatic bottle-green is a perfect shade for a traditional galley kitchen, but black and navy will work just as well for recessed-panel cabinets. Complement with stainless steel appliances, light hardwood floors and open shelving to really bring this style to life. For improvements to design and practicality, opt for a freestanding marble island with pendant gold lights matched with classic joinery. Choose a neutral colour for the walls so the dramatic bottle-green shade or your natural earth tone of choice achieves optimum dramatic effect.
2. BLACK AND BRASS
Black is always a popular choice in the kitchen and it doesn’t have to be monochrome to have impact. Dark kitchens can still be sophisticated and elegant coupled with metallic elements it can be practical, clean and classy. Whether you choose a more dramatic look, with ebonised oak cabinets paired with black marble benchtops or something more subtle in the form of matte fixtures, sinks and accessories, adding brass (or other metallic) elements can give warmth to your sleek black update. If you find the idea of a black splashback and walls too intimidating, why not try an oak benchtop coupled with off-white subway tiles for a more balanced look.
3. NAVY BLUE, WHITE AND GOLD
Gold punctuates this cool, chic and classic kitchen, bringing together the classic quality of navy blue and white. A two-toned kitchen is perfect for cabinetry, with lower units being dark and upper ones being a paler shade creating a neutral and inviting space. Pair it with marble benchtops or splashbacks to enhance that built-to-last feel, and choose your lighting with care to achieve a Hampton’s style or classic English scheme. Remember to keep your navy blue not too bright with enough grey to make it an alternative neutral. This kind of sophisticated blue/grey navy will not be distracting and will complement beautifully gold handles, tapware and pendant lights.
4. BLACK & WHITE
The classic colour combination, a black and white palette is ideal for any room in the house. Cleverly crafted, this black and white kitchen features sleek, matte custom storage with French-provincial influences. Paired with stainless steel appliances and black marble benchtops the white cabinetry can turn an otherwise simple design into something that looks very upmarket. Silver joinery is a great option to finish a black and white kitchen and is perfectly complemented by a white splashback. If you are wanting a pattern that contrasts well with your overall design, a black and white checkered floor can give your kitchen space a neoclassical feel and become a stand out feature in the space - just be very careful not to overdo it or you may find yourself feeling like you’re living on a chess board!
5. MARBLE & WOOD
The ultimate in textual contrast is the marble look and wood. It’s a stylish gift of nature that allows you to mix traditional with contemporary. A dark timber for cabinetry coupled with a statement marble for the island, can give a space a sleek and formal look and a perfect reason to create an eat-in kitchen. Appliances fit seamlessly and the ceiling lights, highlighting the simple lines created by the white custom storage. Why not team this combo with a mirror splashback to give the kitchen a greater illusion of space and reflect light throughout the room? Another popular trend at the moment is to use benchtop materials such as marble as a splashback. To offset the coolness of the marble island, countertops or splashback, you can introduce polished timber floorboards, adding class and sophistication to the space.
Are you considering renovating your kitchen? At Nu-Look we have seen some kitchen colour trends come and go faster than others. We are happy to chat with you about those we know will stay in vogue for years to come.