Category: Colours

Bold White glass splashback installed in a kitchen

Kitchen splashback ideas: choosing the right splashback/worktop combination

When designing a kitchen, people usually think about the overall style of the room first followed by the kind of cabinets they want to install. The worktop and splashback are secondary considerations and are often chosen in isolation from each other – but it’s really important to think about how they’ll work together. They will sit next to each other after all, so coming up with kitchen splashback ideas at the same time as worktop options is a wise move. There are several combinations to consider: worktops and splashbacks can be similar in tone and colour or they can contrast with each other; they can have similar finishes (ie, both be glossy or both be matt); they can offer visual variety with a mix of both; or they could be made from the same material to create a wraparound effect. Here are the options in more detail…

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Aqua kitchen glass splashbacks with Halcyon Interiors 5

Why a mint green kitchen has enduring appeal

If you love the idea of a kitchen that always feels clean and fresh – even on those days when it’s less than tidy – consider decorating with mint green or aqua colours. From the palest hint of mint to bold turquoise, these shades have a breezy energising quality that brings to mind ocean waves, bracing sea air and crisp sunny days.

You could really go for it and choose pale green units or, at the other end of the scale, add a splash of beachy cool to your space with mint accessories, crockery or small appliances. Another way to embrace the trend is to install a light green or aqua glass splashback – this provides all the zesty vibes but means you can select cabinets in a more traditional colour. Whites, greys and blues look great against seafoam shades, as do wooden cabinets with a natural finish – but aqua splashbacks will complement a huge range of colours. The polished reflective surface of glass panels also enhances the light, bright and airy feel these hues bring to a space, making them a great option for a mint green kitchen. Here are some colour choices to consider…

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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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