Utopia    Feature 01 Feb 2016

The art of choosing the perfect kitchen design colour palette for your kitchen cupboards

From misty greys to ethereal greens, and from bold blues to gutsy pinks, a well-chosen paint colour has the power to completely change the look and feel of your space.


Shaker cabinets never go out of style. Their wooden fronts have a classic and simple look that can be easily personalised with an attractive coat of paint.

There is a vast spectrum of hues to chose from, and each is available in a tone ranging from off-white to almost black. The choice is yours — after all, it is your kitchen. But make sure it is a colour you truly love, as you’ll see it every day! Go all-in with one colour, or mix and match complementing hues with an island, lower cabinetry and wall-hung cabinetry all in different colours. There are no set rules for the hue, tone or finish that will work best — it is all a matter of personal taste.

Monochromatic palettes feature different tones of a single hue, while an analogous palette includes hues that are close to each other on the colour spectrum. A complementary palette is made up of different hues that sit well together, and a triadic palette features colours from opposing parts of the spectrum. There is no wrong choice — opt for the right combination of hues to suit you.

Paint is available in a variety of sheens, ranging from flat (matt) to high gloss. A muted matt finish will not reflect light, helping disguise uneven surfaces, while a contemporary semi-gloss or dramatic high-gloss sheen will reflect light around your space, and will be easier to wipe clean too. An eggshell finish typically has a low sheen — like the shell of an egg — however the level of shine will vary from brand to brand, so experiment with samples and tester pots before committing.


Published in Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine