Being central to everyday life, a kitchen needs to provide a relaxing, calming space in which to socialise and cook. To create this effect, you might be planning on a neutral colour palate. To prevent a bland and boring design, follow these tips.
Combine Different Shades
One way to inject excitement is with contrasting light and dark shades. For instance, juxtapose a white countertop against dark-chocolate cabinetry in a room with pale mocha walls. The tonal variations will add dimension and depth to the decor. Another way to differentiate neutrals is with two-toned cabinetry. In a grey and white kitchen, install dark-charcoal cabinets below the bench and pale grey or white cupboards on the upper walls.
Add Various Textures
To maintain a relaxing vibe but to amp up the contrast, you could incorporate texture into a neutral kitchen. Combine shiny, matte, smooth and rough surfaces in the form of a glass splashback, a granite benchtop and timber cupboards, for instance. To add a further dimension, combine different countertop materials that differentiate zones. For example, install wood for a peninsula island that doubles as a dining area. Pattern provides another avenue to increased drama. Splashback tiles in a decorative two-toned design are one way to achieve this. A patterned rug in the dining space is another.
Focus On Accessories
Don't forget about accents when pulling it all together. What about a beautiful black metal pendant lamp over a kitchen island, or a white ceramic farmers-sink to provide extra spark and dash? Alternatively, place chic black stools around a peninsula or a large greyscale abstract photograph on the wall. Combining neutral shades can create relaxing, luxurious spaces. Just make sure to juxtapose light and dark, with various exciting textures to take your kitchen to the next level, and to stamp out the chance of blandness.
Notice The Undertones
Another tip, when combining neutrals, is to either use a consistent undertone or to blend complimentary undertones. Taupe, for instance, can have red, yellow or green hints. While green tones mix well with both red and yellow, avoid pairing yellow and red undertones together. If you're creating a seamless transition between the walls and splashback, for instance, with a taupe across both, compare the undertones to ensure they either match or are complementary. Similarly, when combining numerous whites or greys, don't assume they will naturally work together. While undertones can be challenging to pick up, they become more noticeable once you place the various shades alongside one another. A home builder can help you with colour combinations for your new kitchen.