Selecting the right colour for your kitchen

When selecting a colour for your kitchen, it seems like there’s a myriad of options at your disposal, and a mountain of things to consider. Current design trends vs. personal taste, utilizing the best space in the best way possible, how do I choose a palette that won’t become dated, etc. The list goes on!

We’re here to provide you with some expert advice on what to consider when choosing a kitchen paint colour or colour palette, how to add more colour to your kitchen in general, as well as some “Dos” and “Dont’s” for the colour selection process.

Off the bat, when it comes to kitchens, colours like white, grey, blue, red, yellow, and green work really well. The kitchen is often the busiest room in the house, so whichever colour you choose should also transition nicely with the other rooms. If you find this challenging you can also tie the colour scheme together by sprinkling a little of the room’s colours in the nearby space. Stark white kitchens were a popular design trend in recent years. With good reason: a fresh coat of bright white paint for the walls or ceiling can help a light-deprived space. Now, we are seeing more colourful trends emerging. If you are craving a warm and welcoming kitchen, wall colour truly is the simplest way to make that happen. The great advantage to  selecting a warm wall colour is it works with both white cabinetry, or cabinetry that is a more traditional dark wood. It’s quite versatile. Ultimately, if your kitchen space is lacking natural light, warm or boundless wall colour is your easiest option to brighten things up. 

When selecting a colour for your kitchen it always really helps to visualize and feel it out, and think about what you are trying to achieve with the space. It’s no secret that colours evoke different feelings within us. Think about how you want to feel when you walk into that room specifically. Looking for a calm space to regenerate? You may opt for a colour that feels natural and fresh, like a green or a blue. Looking for a boost of energy when you step into your kitchen in the morning? Then you may gravitate towards a yellow or an orange shade. Space? Serenity? Consider white or cream.

Red is an extremely versatile colour, and is believed to stimulate the appetite, making it an excellent option for kitchens. There are so many shades to choose from that can completely change a kitchen, for use on either the cabinets or the walls.

And a crucial step: take your time, explore your options, and test out paint samples. You will not regret spending a little time and money to buy a few paint samples. It pays to see the colour in the room where it will actually be applied, and witness how it reacts to different lights, how it looks with your floors, fabrics, and cabinets, etc.

Some Dos and Dont’s of Selecting your Kitchen Colour:


Do recognize having any colour in your kitchen can completely transform the space. Even if you have the most breathtaking custom counters or cabinets in your kitchen, the space can still benefit from even a slight tint on your walls.  

Do consider adding colour in creative ways, like through means of your lighting fixtures, to add richness/depth to your kitchen. Also consider colourful accessories and dinnerware.

Do think outside the box and check out chalkboard paint for a kitchen wall or door. It provides you with the fun element of having a space to write notes or doodle artwork on the wall, with a pop of color. A framed DIY chalkboard in your favourite colour is another option.

Do learn the basics of how cool and warm colours work together! Knowing colour temperature will help you a lot when you’re selecting the right colour to coordinate with your counters or cabinets. 


Don’t be afraid of bright vibrant colour, and adding it to your kitchen space. Even a fun accent wall is a great, “safe” way to brighten up the space if you’re a colour lover. 

Don’t hesitate to use neutral wall colours in your kitchen. Grey, grey-blue, or warm greys look gorgeous when paired with darker, more rich cabinetry and flooring.

But: Don’t overdo grey in the kitchen. Although grey is a trendy colour for interiors, there’s definitely a balance in there with “too much of a good thing”. It’s easy to get caught up in the trend by choosing grey flooring, counters and cabinetry, and THEN grey walls in addition.

A good method to reach desired balance is to look at it like this: keep one of your fixed, less changeable features more neutral, then get explorative with colour in the things that you can change easily. It’s a low-risk way to figure out what your tastes are.