Designer    Guest Blog 24 Aug 2017

Michelle Alcock of Teknos GBI reveals the key to getting creative with colour…

When it comes to kitchen and bathroom design, colour has always been key; but it’s not always obvious whether we should be looking at Anthracite greys, Millennial Pinks, or nature-inspired greens. We’ve spoken to colour expert and Managing Director of Teknos, Michelle Alcock, to discover the key to selecting the perfect kitchen and bathroom colour. Here’s what she had to say…


Which colours are topping the trends currently?

Light, pastel/grey shades have been really popular recently. This includes the colours: Lumi, Kitti, Kerma, Oyster Pearl, Snowflake and Dawn White, from our Teknos Colour Mode Brochure.


Are there any key colours that work best in the kitchen? 

Kitchens can take bold colour particularly if you offset it with natural wood tones. Be brave with a bright yellow on your walls and combine it with light-coloured woodwork. If you prefer neutral-coloured walls, add a splash of colour on your kitchen cupboards to create a contemporary look.


Are there any key colours that work best in the bathroom?

Bathrooms are often euphemistically referred to as ‘the smallest room’ but you can use colour to make them feel larger. Use a cool tone on the walls, like Early Mist (Teknos Colour Mode 719) or Pale Cerulean (Teknos Colour Mode 523) with a darker stain on the floor. Keep ceilings the lightest shade possible so that the deepest tones are nearest to the floor and the lightest on the ceiling, to give the illusion of space.


Which particular qualities of Teknos paint make it more suitable for use in the kitchen/bathroom?

The Futura Aqua range for wood is extremely hard wearing and will withstand many years of drawer slamming and cupboard door banging. For walls, Teknos Timantti Clean is an antimicrobial interior paint that is ideally suited to high wear areas with a tendency for humidity, like bathrooms and kitchens. The antimicrobial active ingredient stops microbes from multiplying and is effective within the entire paint film, not just the surface.


Regarding the biggest colour trends that we’ve seen recently: greenery, millennial pink and deeper blues; what are the best ways to integrate these in the home?

Incorporate on-trend colours by starting with a wall or piece of furniture. Then add more detail incrementally until the colour impact is enough to satisfy you but not so much that it overwhelms.


How does a room’s available light determine the paint colour that should be selected?

Test colours at different times of the day, the artificial light used at night will look very different from the daytime when you will be looking at it in more natural light.


Are there any specific colours that you would suggest for rooms with a mass amount of natural light? And the same for those with minimal light?

Not all natural light is created equal. A south facing room, for instance, will give a warm light most of the day, so you could choose a gentle blue like Hamara (Teknos Colour Mode 527) or our soft-toned Aspidistra (Teknos Colour Mode 301) which has a hint of warm red. Rooms with little natural light, however, can take a dark colour as they don’t need reflected light to bring out their complex tones. Beccy’s Blue (Teknos Colour Mode 539) would look great in a bedroom and Burnt Sienna (Teknos Colour Mode 327) would bring depth to a light-deprived dining room.

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