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Modern Kitchen Colour Schemes

April 03, 2017
Modern Kitchen Colour Schemes

Never underestimate the power of colour and the impact it has on an interior.

Especially when it comes to selecting a kitchen colour scheme. When people think of kitchens, colour doesn’t always spring to mind but this year things are a little bit different.

While neutral and natural colour schemes still have a strong presence, the colour trends beginning to emerge this year are making excellent use of bold colour, but not in the conventional sense. Forget the bright, vivid hues that usually spring to mind when thinking about colour. This year’s key colour schemes are still daring but reflect dark, moody and muted tones that create a strong statement.

Kitchen Colour Schemes for 2017

So how do we know this? Well, along with our own extensive research, we chatted to Andrea Lucena-Orr, who is an expert colour consultant for Dulux. We asked Andrea to share her take on this year’s hottest kitchen colours and trends in kitchen design. Here’s what she revealed to us.

What are the general colour trends for 2017?

‘’The general colour trends for 2017 are muted with a directional emphasis on greys, neutrals and stronger colours that tend to be in more natural earthy or mineral tones. A grey hue such as, ‘Dulux Dieskau’ is a beautiful neutral to use as an alternative to white".

What are the most popular colours for kitchens?

"Darker charcoal greys such as ‘Dulux Grey Master’, along with greyed-off blues or navy hues such as 'Dulux Harpoon', harmonise with concrete, stone and textured surfaces. We are seeing a lot of grey shades such as charcoals and mid-range greys being used alongside concrete bench tops".

"An earthy green, such as Dulux Army Fatigues, can be seen in many home accessories and this influence has been derived from fashion. Deep forest greens such ‘Dulux Black Water’ green is creeping up as a rival to the Navy hues that have become increasingly popular".

"Trends for kitchens still suggest that whites, especially in the cooler tones which are being used for cabinetry. These are being combined with natural coloured stone for bench tops in both lighter and darker shades".

What are the biggest trends in kitchen finishes and design?

"Timber can be used for features and timber grain cabinetry is popular in the muted and natural shades. Integrated storage and workstations are really imperative in kitchens today and simplicity and function are defining key design elements.

What are your favourite colour combinations?

Interestingly, we are seeing both colour combinations in kitchens, from darker cabinetry in charcoal or deep blue through to a bright white, such as Dulux Lexicon Quarter. Both with great appeal"! Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour Expert.

Kitchen Colour Scheme Ideas & Inspiration

At House of Home rather than follow the latest trends we like to take elements from each to create bold, striking looks. As such we have taken into account all of the latest hues filtering through from some of the top suppliers and brands on the market to create three on trend but individual schemes to help inspire your kitchen.

Be inspired by our mood boards below.

Kitchen Colour Scheme Navy Colour Blocking

Kitchen Colour Scheme Navy

Navy Colour Block Kitchen Scheme

Striving for a cutting edge kitchen? This colour scheme is at the forefront! Colour blocking by way of cabinet doors, splashbacks or tiles is the chief aesthetic for 2017 and Navy is the winning colour!

To achieve this look wall cabinets need to be in a contrasting colour to the base cabinetry. Popular colour combo’s include navy with muted grey and white, black or timber. Navy works exceptionally well with brass tapware or hardware and is our favourite finish to go with this colour. Rose gold also looks beautiful with a navy scheme but may not have the same longevity as brass in terms of timelessness.

This scheme features brilliant navy, charcoal and white paints by Dulux with the options for flooring remaining light for contrast. Using a marble look porcelain floor tile, or a light stone coloured acoustic floor vinyl allows the feature splash back tile options to take centre stage. The navy geometric tiles with cracked glass finish add sparkle and shine in keeping with the brass accents. For the bench top, a stunning blue / grey veined marble Caesarstone gently pulls the blue from the paint colour and keeps the palette fresh and light.

Kitchen Colour Scheme Navy Colour Blocking

Below is a list of all of the materials and finishes used in the above mood board for our Navy Kitchen Colour Scheme.

Product Type Supplier Product Code
1 General Paint Colour Dulux Harpoon B, A358
2 Accent Paint Colour 1 Dulux Western Myall UD, GR23
3 Accent Paint Colour 2 Dulux Vivid White W, 1W
4 Overhead Cavinetry Polytec Legato White
5 Base Cabinetry Polytec Melamine, Crema Lini Matte
6 Cabinet Handles Made Measure Brass Slimline 01 | Brushed | 392mm Length
7 Bench Top Caesarstone White Attica, 5143
8 Splashback Tile Option 1 (Geometric) Urban Edge Ceramics Fifth Element, Crackled Glass, Midnight Blue
9 Splashback Tile Option 1 (Rectangular) Urban Edge Ceramics Brique - Blue 04
Brique - Night 65 x 200mm
10 Tapware Phoenix Vivid Slim Line VS735-12
Side Level Sink Mixer, 160mm
Goose Neck - Brushed Gold
11 Flooring Option 1 - Tile Urban Edge Ceramics Supreme Marble - Royal Statuario Anticata 600x600
12 Flooring Option 2 - Vinyl Karndean Designflooring Opus Stone, Mico, SP211
13 Flooring Option 3 - Vinyl Karndean Designflooring Art Select Stone Corri Slate LM22
Kitchen Décor Accents
14 Brass Soons Zachloe Set of 4 Brass Spoons
15 Salt and Pepper Pots Zachloe Ivory House, Flax Pinch Pot, Grey

Kitchen Colour Schemes Natural Organic

Kitchen Colour Schemes Natural Organic  Scandinavian

Natural Kitchen Colour Scheme

Nothing beats the light, airy feel of an all-white kitchen highlighted with timber accents and feature tiles. It’s a staple look that will never date and one that we will continue to see remain popular throughout 2017 and beyond.

This colour scheme celebrates the ongoing evolution of the natural, modern direction of kitchens. The organic materials and finishes palette features three striking geometric tile designs that can be paired with a light, natural timber flooring option. Alternatively, a light grey coloured acoustic vinyl has been included as a second flooring option as it gives the appearance of natural stone, but is warm underfoot and helps to absorb sound.

A gorgeous Caesarstone marble was chosen for its natural look and feel and for its warm grey veining that sweep across its soft white base colour that work back beautifully with the brushed nickel tapware and cabinetry handle. This is a colour scheme will bring a lovely feeling of warmth to a kitchen and is reflective of a typically modern Australian lifestyle.

Kitchen Colour Scheme   Natural

Below is a list of all of the materials and finishes used in the above mood board for our Natural Kitchen Colour Scheme.

Product Type Supplier Product Code
1 General Paint Colour Dulux Ticking UD, GR20
2 Accent Paint Colour Dulux Western Myall UD, GR23
3 Overhead Cabinetry/td> Polytec Melamine, Polar White, Sheen
4 Base Cabinetry Polytec Ravine, Sepia Oak
5 Cabinet Handle Option 1 Memory Lane Lorne 212mm kitchen pull handle Brushed Nickel
6 Candle Handle Option 2 Made Measure White Satin Slimline 01 | 392mm Length
7 Bench Top Caesarstone Calcutta, Nuvo 5131
8 Splashback Tile Option 1 Urban Edge Ceramics Multina, Tex White
9 Splashback Tile Option 2 Urban Edge Ceramics Dart, White
10 Splashback Tile Option 3 Urban Edge Ceramics Penny Round, Gloss White
11 Tapware Phoenix Vivid Slim Line VS735 BN
Side Lever Sink Mixer, 160mm
Goose Neck - Brushed Nickel
12 Flooring Option 1 - Timber Choices Flooring Plantino Engineered Oak - Pertusio, 240 Wideboard
13 Flooring Option 2 - Vinyl Karndean Designflooring Opus Stone, Urbus SP213
Kitchen Décor Accents
15 Stainless Steel Spoon Carrol Boyes Salt Soon, Small, Soviet
16 Salt and Pepper Pots Zachloe Ivory House, Flax Pinch Pot, White

Kitchen Colour Schemes Dark Moody

Kitchen Colour Schemes Dark   Moody

Dark & Moody Kitchen Colour Scheme

Dark colours ooze elegance, sophistication and charm. If you want to create a bold statement in your kitchen it can be achieved with a dark and dramatic colour palette. Don’t be afraid to experiment with black, as long as a contrasting material is introduced to help lift the space, the overall result will be striking and balanced.

To achieve the right balance with our mood board colour scheme, a bright white Caesarstone has been selected. A white bench top will break up the dark timber veneer selected for the cabinetry. Alternatively a light coloured floor will also help to lift a dark moody space and add relief.

If black feels too strong for your taste, a dark moody scheme can be achieved with more subtle colours such as dark greys, charcoals, or inky midnight blue tones. Geometric tiles have been chosen for this scheme as the pattern really stands out against the black veneer of the cabinetry. Another way to break up dark cabinetry is to introduce a contrasting cabinet handle, however this scheme features a dark handle to become a three dimensional extension of the cupboard doors. A sculptural gun metal grey tap from Phoenix Tapware completes the look.

Kitchen Colour Scheme   Dark   Moody

Below is a list of all of the materials and finishes used in the above mood board for our Dark & Moody Kitchen Colour Scheme.

Product Type Supplier Product Code
1 General Paint Colour Dulux Western Myall UD, GR23
2 Accent Paint Colour Dulux Ticking UD, GR20
3 Overhead & Base Cabinetry Polytec Thermo, Tempest Woodgrain
4 Cabinet Handle Memory Lane Small Port Oil Rubbed Bronze Style
5 Bench Top Caesarstone Calcutta, Nuevo 5131
6 Splashback Tile Option 1 Urban Edge Ceramics Multina - Dechirier - Hexagon, Mosaic Nero, Designer: Patricia Urquiola
7 Splashback Tile Option 2 Urban Edge Ceramics Multina, Mews - Soot Chevron, 55 x 196
8 Splashback Tile Option 3 Urban Edge Ceramics Penny Round, Gloss Black
9 Tapware Phoenix Vivid Slim Line VS735 GM
Side Level Sink Mixer, 160mm
Goose Neck - Gun Metal
10 Flooring Option 1 - Timber Royal Oak Floors The Architect Collection Herringbone Block
11 Flooring Option 2 - Vinyl Karndean Designflooring Opus Wood, Argent, WP414
12 Flooring Option 3 - Feature Vinyl Branding Karndean Designflooring Art Select Parquet, Black Oak, AP03
Kitchen Décor Accents
13 Salt and Pepper Pots Zachloe Ivory House, Flax Pinch Pot, Charcoal
14 Small Bowl Copper & Co. Item No. YH337

We would like to thank the following companies for supplying samples of their products to us for our mood boards:


We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wishlist of products, then be sure and check out our kitchen design products range.


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Flay Lay Photography by Julia Chapman (Graphic Designer). Materials and Finishes selection by Sarah Radhanauth (Interior Designer). Flat Lay Mood Boards by Sarah Radhanauth & Julia Chapman.

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