With a riot of bold and daring shades tipped for greatness this year – from zesty tangerine to dazzling emerald to deep cobalt blue – you’d be forgiven for thinking that the only way to stand out from the crowd would be to feature a dramatic shade in your kitchen.
Yes and no! Increasingly experts can be seen to mark the importance of considering your palette as a whole – what about those all-important supporting members of the colour cast? Or, moreover, what about creating a statement kitchen by paring back? You’ve guessed it: this month we’re going neutral.
Neutral shades are just as important as bright colours in 2013; in fact, earthy tones are the ones that really allow these bold accent colours to shine. A sandy shade like Farrow & Ball’s Cord is the perfect complement for a blue or green palette, and will really ground a feature object – a turquoise island, for example – within your design.
Cord is an interesting colour on its own, though; softly neutral with a hint of cappuccino when viewed in daylight, rich caramel in shadow, it brings depth and warmth to any space. Go for an earthy, vibrant look by combining Cord with tangerine, teal, and hot pink accents; you’ll be surprised how well a colour like Cord can stand up to these strong hues – becoming a statement shade in its own right.