Predicting the hottest colours for the new season is something all the big interior design houses and paint brands attempt to do every year, and increasingly the fashions are dictated by them, rather than being adopted by them.
Whether you follow the trends or not, the fashions that prove popular are a great place to start when considering how best to decorate new solid wood kitchens. Colour is about enjoying the space around you, having some fun and putting a smile on your face whilst you renovate the home you love.
Natural Hues, Bright Accents
There is always going to be plenty of room for off-whites and magnolias in the world of interior design, but this year has seen a shift towards natural base colours with a little more character than the million-and-one shades of creamy white in existence.
Light mint greens, delicate blues and subtle grey hints react beautifully in the changing lights throughout the year, looking fresh and bright in spring and summer sun, whilst absorbing the warmer tones of low autumnal and winter sun. Consider Farrow & Ball’s Pale Powder, with its subtle mixture of blue and green egg-shell tones, as your base kitchen colour.
Alongside these contemporary takes on the neutral colour palette, bright accents have been dominating interiors so far this year. Radiant purples and blues are perfect for feature walls, and contrast beautifully alongside the matt pastel hues that help avoid darker accents absorbing too much of a room’s light.
Other bold colours are proving very popular, too; a vibrant red, like Farrow & Ball’s cheery Blazer shade, would be a good choice. Whether it is hints of colour in accessories, furniture or feature walls, these lively touches provide plenty of excitement against neutral colour schemes.
Grey is the New White
Refined greys are no longer seen as dull colours, and look fantastic alongside pure whites. The trend has come through from the fashion industry and straight into home owner’s interiors. Cool greys usher in a classy, refined ambiance and contrast beautifully with the bright accents mention above.
Farrow & Ball’s light shade of Pavilion Gray goes brilliantly alongside the darker, ice-blue tones of Plummett, with a clean shade of white like ‘All White’ providing reflective accents that keep an interior bright, and avoids the oppressive feel that can be created by a dominance of grey.
The Guardian published a feature this year that claimed that grey is the ‘colour of the decade’ – a bold statement indeed, but not unfounded.
Black & White Schemes Reborn
There was a time earlier in the ‘noughties’ when the stark contrast of a black and white colour scheme was the staple interior design choice for many, and whilst this trend has never completely gone away, the 2014 variation of this theme is an altogether softer affair.
Pitch Black has been ousted in favour of blacks with a tint of brown, such as Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black and Mahogany. Bright whites have been toned down a little too, with All White and light duck-egg shades like Parma Gray replacing them, and complementing the softer black hues. All in all, this scheme has become easier on the eye, more comfortable, and relaxing – without taking the edge off this popular monochromatic theme.
Lighter Coloured Woods
This year the balance has tipped towards light and fresh wood species with golden honey tones. Where the rich, deep hues of exotic hardwoods have been popular in design for the last few years, the tables have somewhat turned, with oak coming right back into fashion alongside the warmer tones of cherry and the clean consistent colours of maple.
Of course this trend is no surprise to us – our solid oak kitchens have become more popular than ever over the last year, as home owners look for quality kitchen components in place of cheap composites or unforgiving stone surfaces.
Consider light wooden kitchen worktops alongside lacquered oak cabinetry for a traditional aesthetic, or mix things up with pre-painted doors in accent colours for a more contemporary look.
If your kitchen colour scheme is undecided, then we highly recommend taking advantage of our sample service. As well as providing a full range of worktop wood samples, we can also provide fully painted mini cabinet doors, which can be hand-finished in any Farrow & Ball shade and are just £20 including delivery.