Category: Colours

Kitchen colour schemes: a bespoke shade for your splashback

Choosing a colour palette is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when designing a room and your choice will have a dramatic effect on the final outcome. These days, kitchen colour schemes are hugely varied and there are many options available – whether you prefer the quiet and soothing combination of white and beige, dark and moody greys and blues, pretty pastels, or zesty, energising brights.

Your kitchen colour scheme will affect the mood of the room, enhance your chosen interior style, bring cohesion to disparate areas, and pull an open-plan space together. And it’s not just the colours themselves that matter, but the way they work together too. We often talk about colours “going” together or being “harmonious”, but what that really means is that they complement each other and create visual balance. They are either directly opposite each other on the colour wheel (red/green or blue/orange), next to each other (orange/yellow or blue/purple), triadic (three colours that are an equal distance apart on the wheel, eg, pink, green and orange) or, simply, neutral.

But that doesn’t mean you’d want equal amounts of each colour in one space! For kitchen colour schemes it’s best to choose one main colour (plus tonal variations of this shade) which will probably be used for your units, a complementary secondary colour for splashbacks, worktops or flooring, a neutral colour to offer some breathing space, and an accent colour to use as a focal point. To keep things balanced, mix at least one warm colour into a mostly cool colour scheme and vice versa (wood tones are warm, as are metallics such as gold and bronze). It’s also a good idea to check the undertones of your chosen shades to make sure they all work together – hot colours can have cool bluish or warm orangey undertones and cool colours can lean more towards grey (cold), or purple or yellow (warm). If your palette is almost there but still doesn’t look quite right, try similar shades with different undertones – eg, swap a cold blue-grey for a warm mauve-grey – and it might all come together!

Once you’ve chosen your main colour, it’s therefore important to find the exact secondary, neutral and accent shades you require so you can get the balance just right. Luckily, when it comes to glass splashbacks, you won’t have to hunt around to find what you need. We can mix colours to order or match them to paint, wallpaper, appliances or units as requested. Here are a few situations where a splashback in a bespoke shade might be just what your colour scheme needs…

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Coloured glass splashbacks produced for Neils Kitchens in Lavender Blue colour

Home decor ideas: using pastels in the kitchen

Interior fashions and home decor ideas come and go, but one trend that never disappears completely is the pastel coloured kitchen. Since the 1950s introduced bubblegum pink, mint green and sunny yellow into our cooking spaces, we’ve never looked back. There’s something about these happy shades that feels right in the room where we gather together with family and friends, make treats for loved ones, or relax with a bit of baking therapy. And if any more proof were needed, just think of the colour scheme inside the Bake Off tent! But using pastel colours in the kitchen can be quite hard to pull off – after all, no one wants to end up with a room that would fit right in to Willy Wonka’s factory. Here are our tips for pastel perfection…

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