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…
Getting it just right
We have a wide range of colours in our standard collection, but sometimes customers are looking for a very precise shade that falls between two of our regular options. They might choose a shade from our chart but ask us to create something slightly lighter or darker, warmer or cooler, or they might show us an image they’ve seen in a magazine or online that they wish to reproduce. We will work with them to get it just right – this costs a small extra fee but the resulting colour is bespoke, unique, and perfect for their design.
Matching to accessories or appliances
As discussed above, the ideal number of shades to use for kitchen colour schemes is around four or five, including neutrals and accents. Appliances and accessories, both big and small, can unintentionally bring in extra colours that might spoil your carefully chosen palette, even if they’re black, white or silver. To keep things within the prescribed scheme, search for companies that offer a wide range of shades – some offer colours beyond the standard neutrals. We can also colour-match our glass to the appliances you have chosen to keep the design on track – in this case we created panels to match this gorgeous pale blue range.
Creating an original focal point
A splashback offers the opportunity to bring in an eye-catching accent to kitchen colour schemes. Some customers choose a bright shade or a printed pattern, and this works very well. But others are looking for a shade that’s unusual and will be unique to their space. Sometimes they have something very specific in mind and in other cases they have a few ideas but require a little guidance on the options available. Either way, we’re very happy to help them create the perfect focal point for their kitchen design.
Adding some pizzazz
Perhaps you have a colour in mind for your glass splashbacks but feel the overall look of the space still lacks a bit of oomph… We can add a Sparkle or Metallic finish to any shade, standard or bespoke, to provide an extra shot of shine without affecting the overall colour scheme. This is great for a room with a simple palette that requires a bit of texture to stop it from looking too flat. The extra shine also gives the space a lighter and brighter appearance.
Matching your walls or units
The kitchen above has a very daring colour scheme, using bright yellow as its main shade, pale grey as a secondary colour, white as a neutral and dark red as an accent. It was therefore very important not to introduce any extra shades into this very particular palette, and so the client wished to colour-match the walls to the yellow units. Our bespoke glass panels were ideal for this purpose, creating a visual seamlessness in the top half of the room and maintaining the colour scheme perfectly.