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Colour your kitchen – Choosing the right colour scheme

Posted in Blog
14 February 2022
Using a Colour Wheel for Kitchen Inspiration.
Sometimes the hardest decision to make when it comes to your kitchen design is which colour scheme to choose.
If you’re looking for some guidance in this respect, using a colour wheel can help.

What is a colour wheel?

Using a colour wheel, you can view a visual representation of colours arranged by their relationship with each other. As a result, you can see which colours will combine to good effect – and which ones won’t. 
Here’s how it works:
• Primary colours are the basis of the wheel – these colours can’t be created by mixing others, such as red, yellow and blue.
• Secondary colours can be made by mixing two of the primary colours.
• Tertiary colours are created by mixing primary and secondary shades.
• Complementary colours are positioned opposite each other on the wheel.
• Analogous colours are positioned close to each other on the wheel.

Divide into warm and cool colours

Warm, active colours such as reds, oranges, and yellows can appear to advance when positioned against passive cool colours. These hot shades convey vibrancy and energy.

Cool, passive colours including blues, purples and greens may appear to recede when positioned against warm, active colours. Cool colours give the impression of tranquillity and calm.
Black, white, and grey are considered to be neutral. You can use the colour wheel to play around with colours to see what visual impact they have. And this can help you decide if you prefer warm and active or cool and passive. 

Try different colour concepts in your design

Kitchen cabinets are your starting point, followed by worktops. You can experiment using the colour wheel approach by blending colours together.
A complementary colour scheme will consist of two colours that sit opposite each other on the wheel. One colour is your dominant colour; this could be the cabinets, while you can pick an accent colour for your worktops.
If anything starts to feel overpowering, you can tone it down by bringing in more neutral shades. 
Try experimenting with analogous colours if you feel the complementary colour scheme is too bold. These sit next to each other on the wheel and can be blended to create a harmonious and relaxing design.
Start with a dominant analogous shade for your cabinets, and then choose a similar colour to support it for your worktops. You can use a third accent colour for other elements of the kitchen design, such as walls, appliances, or flooring.
You can bring neutrals such as black, white and grey into your design. Even in an analogous scheme, you still need some contrast. 

Play with tints, shades and tones

You may have wondered what the difference is between tints, shades, and tones. 
A tint is when you make a colour lighter by adding white. A shade is when you make it darker by adding black. A tone is when you slightly darken a colour with grey.
When you experiment with kitchen colour concepts using the wheel, you can take this a step further by playing around with tints, shades, and tones to create the perfect scheme. 
Varying tints and shades will help you choose wall and floor colours that build upon your base colour scheme. 
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