Allow vibrant colours to spice up your kitchen life
Though neutrals are considered the kitchen décor no-brainer, some of us require our home life to be saturated by more than cream, ivory, beige and grey. In 2016, the bold colour trends making the biggest splash are not just bright, but give a distinct sense of plushness and luxury. Purples, which have always been associated with royalty, are making an appearance in the form of deep lilacs. Dark teals have a velvet appearance when in a matte finish. Army green is beautiful when layered with gold accents and rich wooden furniture.
So, whether you’re 100% ready to embrace the rainbow of bold colour trends, or are simply looking to add a soupçon of colour to your daily life – here are some low-commitment and high-commitment methods to add major colour impact.
Low-commitment: Though you’ve probably not thought of them as a kitchen décor factor before, the backs of your closed, or glass-fronted cabinets deserve some love. For a bold statement, try tangerine or persimmon orange. Yes, orange! Proven to actually make you feel warm, orange is a great way to bring comfort to a kitchen.
High-commitment: Composite is making a serious splash in 2016 – particularly as a trendy worktop surface. Budget friendly and available in virtually any shade, composite is permeated with colour so any nicks or scratches can be sanded out. To make a statement, try scarlet. Red is known to whet appetites, so imagine its impact on your guests when you’re preparing the menu for your next dinner party?
Low-commitment: Despite its early 2000’s origins, the “feature wall” is not going anywhere, and there’s good reason why: it’s simply the most efficient way to incorporate bold colour trends into a space. Want to try something really unique? Pink! No kidding. Rose and salmon are timeless and will add a touch of romanticism and whimsy to a kitchen.
High-commitment: No kitchen can have too much storage, which is why cabinets tend to take up the most real estate in your décor scheme. As such, they shouldn’t be wallflowers. Make an impact with big colour. Hand painting older cabinets is an ideal way to add character to a kitchen and restore dated storage. Walk on the sunny side of life by painting rustic wood cabinets with warm yellow. To add a central American charm, use vintage iron hardware.
Low-commitment: If you like to stay on-trend on the cheap, try accessorizing your kitchen décor with a strong accessories scheme in a single bright colour. Apple green is a great choice because it is on-trend and naturally occurring. If you’re stuck on where to start, just ensure that you always have a big bowl of Granny Smiths on the dining table!
High-commitment: For the ultimate bright colour kitchen statement, start by looking down…or up. A colourful floor or ceiling demands attention. Epoxy flooring in sea blue, or grass green presents a fun dichotomy of natural and unnatural. Sometimes referred to as the “fifth wall” by interior designers, the ceiling benefits from the bold colour treatment too. Again, sky blue brings the outdoors indoors, but pansy purple adds a rich cosiness to a space with high ceilings.