Kitchen Colour Schemes for Cabinets and Islands

Choosing a kitchen colour is like selecting only one type of fruit or vegetable from a delectable Italian Market.

I want them all, I hear you say. The infinite combinations open for selection can be both daunting and exciting. The variety of groupings and possible hues to pick from will be easier with these tips.

6 Big Decisions to take in selecting a colour scheme for your kitchen

Obviously dears, you don’t have to follow these by the book. They are here to help you make a decision.

1. Selecting colours for the cabinets

Cabinets will eat into at least 50% of your overall re-modelling budget but remember they take about 40% of the visual space of the kitchen. So select a colour, or a combination of colours that you like, that suite your personality and that fit into the overall design of your home.

2. Selecting colours for countertops

By occupying a big space make sure they match the cabinets, floors walls. They don’t have to be matchy-matchy, but they do need to fit in. All one colour is a no-no, and can lead to a boring, bland look.

3. Selecting colours for the floor

Again this must co-ordinate with the cabinets and countertops. If you have an existing floor that cannot be changed (although you would your back teeth to do this!), you then need to work around this first. Please do not have cinnamon coloured cabinets, a beige countertop and pine floors. It will be overly pumpkin and in no ways charming. Always take into consideration the adjoining floors in other rooms so that the “flow” is pleasing.

4. Selecting the backsplash colour

By the time you have got to this decision, your colour scheme should very much be in place. You can either co-ordinate or clash; you can have different textures here or something bold and bright.

5. Selecting the wall colour

This is very often the first place you start, but in fact should come after your cabinet colours. The main tip is to balance with the cabinets, floors and backslash.

6. Selecting the island colour

This is when you can go a little crazy. The island is a very important feature – yes it is a feature. You need to accentuate this and you can choose a similar hue to the cabinets or you could do something quite bold. It all depends on where it is and how big it is.

Here are some ideas that I have managed to collate for you. Most of them are for wooden cabinets in a light to cinnamon colour.

Lovely light grey walls to be offset with the white of the windows and light wooden cabinets. Note the difference in countertop on the island.

ktchen with grey walls and white window boarders

Again use of grey and white walls. I particularly like the lighter floors and countertops. This gives a lovely light airy feel and the modern hardware is fab. The whole open plan style works fantastically.

kitchen with one-piece kitchen island

This example shows that the lovely wooden beams and door frames have been allowed to shine through in the room. If the cabinets had been in similar wood the whole thing would have been too much. So the cabinets are white, and the island comes to the fore.

kitchen with wooden door frames and beams

A stand out island in a lovely duck-egg blue really adds to the charm and high style of this kitchen. The light countertops offset the darker floors. Love the interesting colour on the walls which brings out the natural tone of the wood.

duck egg blue island

Another example of a unique centrepiece – the beloved island – in this kitchen is made to shine with a lick of darker paint. It looks great contrasting with the floors and countertops and adds a sense of crispness to the palette.

Darkly painted kitchen island

Picture by Caves Kitchens

How about a dash of red?

I am loving these two kitchens where a dash of lipstick red was added to the walls. A bold yet clever move as the kitchen has come alive. Note that the colour scheme is basically the wooden colour of the units, the whiteness of the windows and the red walls.

kitchen with lipstick red accent wall

kitchen island with red accent wall

The dark blue glass tiled splashback gives this kitchen a sense of modernity and fun. Blue works particularly well with these cinnamon coloured cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

kitchen with dark blue tiled splashback

Picture by Zeo Interior

This island is a dream one – being so impressive and substantial, so the light green finish helps keeping it from overwhelming the rest of the room.

large kitchen island

This is an example of the island operating as an island – on its own. It is almost the entrance hall table and has been designed to be multi-functional and beautiful at the same time. The subtle colour scheme has ensured that it is not too overpowering.

kitchen counter island

I included this picture because I so love this look. Clever use of greys and whites along with the natural wood makes for just such a lovely space, full of character and charm.

rustic kitchen wood finish

The interesting green tiled splashback adds a sense of warmth and contrast to the fairly over dominant cabinets and floors. I would have painted the island a lighter colour to really bring a sense of contrast through.

How not to colour your kitchen

Kitchen with bland colour scheme

To me this is an example of how not to colour your kitchen. It all is too much and I think quite boring and unfriendly. The chairs should have been in red, or duck-egg blue and the upper cabinets in a lighter shade.

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