Kitchen trend…. Bold colours making their way back into kitchen design

As the saying goes, ‘the brighter, the bolder, the better.’

This phrase can be applied to virtually all elements of life, from fashion and beauty, to property and design. Interestingly, it’s also being increasingly applied to the world of kitchen design right now too.

You see, bold colours are coming back into kitchen design in a big way. As the UK’s longest-established fabricator and installer of luxury work surfaces, we live and breathe kitchen design. This gives us an insider’s eye when it comes to spotting new trends.


These days, kitchens are more than just a place to cook. Open-plan design means they’ve become social spaces – a place to entertain as well as rustle up an obligatory quick snack or gourmet meal. Kitchens have really become the hub of the home in recent years and it’s come as no surprise to us that colour is having a major influence on kitchen design.


Experimenting with colours, pattern and material is one of the ways designers seek to transform practical spaces into more relaxed areas that ooze personality. Kitchen designs have become multipurpose and, in response, designers have turned to colour to add a stamp of individuality.

According to Jayne Everett, Creative Director at Naked Kitchens, people are starting to become more adventurous with their colour palette, perhaps because the kitchen is now an open-plan living space with room to be unique.

So, what do we mean by bold colours? Think teal green, marine blue, pale pink (yes, it may be light in colour and often reserved for bedrooms, but it can be really striking) and black. Black may sound too stark, but pair it with adequate lighting and splashes of white and you can achieve a sophisticated look that’s not overbearing.

Where you place your colour is also important and there are a few different ways you can weave it in without going overboard. Feature walls or painted units are the most popular because they can be changed whenever you feel like it, whereas work surfaces and tiles are great as they allow you to also play with texture and surface pattern. Where space or budget is minimal, colourful blinds and accessories come in useful.

Colour on colour is also a big trend that’s shaping 21st century kitchen design too. This is great if you’ve fallen in love with more than one colour and are struggling to decide which shade to go for! For instance, if you particularly love teal and mint green, then why not paint your lower cabinets one colour and your upper cabinets in the other?


There’s no set rule to say you can’t have more than one bold colour in your kitchen, as long as you consider your colours carefully so that they complement each other.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour. Just because kitchens are one of the more functional rooms in the house shouldn’t mean they have to look cold and clinical. Colour belongs in the kitchen too, just make sure you take the time to make sure everything, from your work surfaces and walls, to cabinets and flooring, are in shades that all work with, not against, each other.

If you’re in any doubt, seek specialist advice and in doing so, you’ll be able to make sure your kitchen pops for all the right reasons. Are you thinking about adding a burst of colour to your kitchen? Need advice on which colours to choose? Get in touch with us today on 0113 222 3000 or


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