Bathroom and kitchen colour selections have no hard and fast rules. However, there are a few generalizations.
Colour makes all the difference in a room, but it can be difficult to know where to start. Making the right choice for your home can be intimidating, especially if those colour choices are attached to expensive price tags such as tiles and cabinetry.
Your choice of colour palette can completely change the perception of a space. Making a room feel larger or smaller, brighter or darker and warmer or cooler.
We’ve gathered a few important tips together to help you choose the best bathroom and kitchen colours to create spaces you’ll love.
Where To Start In Selecting Your Bathroom & Kitchen Colours
A good way to begin is to select the least flexible element in your bathroom or kitchen first. From there you can co-ordinate other elements to match. Adjusting paint colours is much easier than changing benchtops or tiles.
In the kitchen, it’s a good idea to choose the bench top first and the match the splashback and cabinetry. However, in the bathroom, select the tiles first. The area the tiles cover is much larger than any other element in the bathroom, so you don’t want to have to change them.
The Rule Of Three
The rule of three can be used as guidance for creating a beautiful scheme for your bathroom or kitchen. It’s important to think about proportion in order to be successful with this rule. 70% of the scheme should be the lightest colour, 20% for the second lightest colour and the darkest colour just 10%.
Use The Colour Wheel
You can’t go wrong by following colour theory. Find yourself a colour wheel and use it as inspiration for quick and easy solutions. For example, opposite colours on the colour wheel are ‘complementary’ and will create a strong contrast. Where as colours that are near each other create an ‘analogous’ scheme and will give a softer, more relaxed vibe.
There are a variety of schemes that all work well, but which way you go will be determined by the overall look you’re wanting to achieve.
Don’t Underestimate Lighting
Colours will change in different lighting. Look at your colour choices in the natural daylight as well as artificial lighting and at night. It’s also a good idea to be in-situ while selecting a colour as lighting will differ from room to room.
Find Inspiration From The Rest Of Your Home
Consider selecting an accent colour from a living space and using it as a dominant colour in your bathroom or kitchen. This will create a cohesive flow of colour without each room looking the same.
Don’t be afraid of choosing brighter, more saturated colours for your kitchen and bathroom.
Alternatively, it doesn’t have to mean loud or bright. Inject some colour by selecting more muted tones. Any colour which holds a degree of grey, such as deep blues and greens work well with neutrals but will add a spark of colour.
Understanding how paint and wood undertones work will help you select colours that work well together. All colours have an undertone that can throw a tinge of yellow, green or pink for example.
Some woods are warmer in colour than others and having them stained will accentuate its undertone.
Add Interest In Unexpected Areas
Add pops of colour to unexpected areas of your kitchen such as baseboards of islands, backs of cupboards or the insides of drawers. A bit of fun without being too overwhelming.
Metallic or black plumbing and cabinetry hardware are popular at the moment. They add interest without being too over the top.
If all else fails, you can never go wrong with a simple crisp white kitchen or bathroom to look clean and uncluttered.