Our Culinary Collection of paint colours features 20 taste-bud-tempting hues compiled from our complete master palette. This collection celebrates a return of colour that complements the still so popular white kitchen, yet embraces the rich-in-colour bohemian, retro and return-to-nature trends in home decor, making it simple to create your own tasty scheme that satisfies your style.
And it’s not just these gorgeous colours that make your mouth water – there’s actually a bit of science behind what colours work best in a kitchen. Psychological studies show that warm, uplifting colours, such as yellow, red and orange, and soft shades of grey, violet, blue and green, are more conducive to appetite-building, entertaining and conversation, and we took these findings into account when developing our Culinary Collection.
Modern kitchens: The continuing popularity of greys in home decor serves well in the kitchen too, working alongside stainless steel appliances and accents. Start with a grey as the foundation colour of your scheme, such as Oyster Bay 90YY 63/044 SE48 or Barley Beige 30YY 68/024 DL50, then accent this neutral with your favourite pop of colour in a feature wall, architectural details, on the backs of the cabinets or in your accessories.
Country kitchens: Burnt Pumpkin 24YR 12/447 DL08, Persimmon Berry 60YR 26/605 DL10 and Cabbage Patch 90YY 62/264 MC21 are all homey colours that work well with wood elements in a country kitchen. Not sure which colour will work best with the wood of your cupboards or floors? Simply identify the predominant undertone of wood and choose a paint colour with the same base: for golden, orange or reddish undertones, choose a warm-toned wall colour; for grey or ashy undertones, choose a cool colour like blue or green.
Small kitchens: Minimizing the contrast between colours in your small kitchen will help to make it appear larger. Peach Punch 56YR 48/398 CP10, Ripe Banana 39YY 66/628 DL18 and Citrus Fruit 70YY 52/532 DL21 are all of similar tonal value but add a zesty bit of colour to a small space. Or choose colours that are beside each other on the same colour chip, automatically lowering the contrast between the two shades. As well, put vertical space to work to maximize storage by extending upper cupboards to the ceiling.
Windowless kitchens: Even without any natural light you can bring some brightness of the outdoors in with a soft yellow like Citron Ice 53YY 83/348 CP19. Add a balance of lighting sources, including task lighting beneath upper cabinets, pot lights and other overhead lighting, and use high gloss white paint on doors and trim to reflect the existing light.
Develop your own colour recipe: To build your own culinary palette and create a kitchen that satiates, take into account the colours in other elements in the room, matching to a shade in your counter, floor or upholstery as a base, making sure to balance the light, dark and medium tones in the overall scheme.
Perhaps you’re bit timid in adding a bold colour to all your walls or cabinets? Try painting just your table, chairs or other decorative element for a zingy or spicy hit of colour and interest.