Neutral kitchens have a timeless appeal that transcends passing trends, making them a popular choice among homeowners seeking an elegant and versatile design.
In this blog post, we delve into the captivating world of neutral kitchens, exploring their enduring charm, adaptability, and how they can be far from boring. We will also touch upon the importance of choosing the right neutral colour to complement your room’s natural light and direction, as well as the art of pairing neutrals with other colours and textures to create a rich, layered look.
Neutral colours with warm undertones, such as shades of beige, soft creams, and inviting taupes, play a pivotal role in establishing a tranquil and inviting ambience within your kitchen.
Amongst our exclusive paint colours, our understated neutral, Tansy, stands as a perennial favourite, chosen by 70% of our clients this year for its transformative power and subtle charm. In addition to the timeless appeal of these colours, painting your kitchen neutral can prove to be a savvy investment, especially if you anticipate selling your property in the future.
One of the greatest strengths of neutral kitchens is their remarkable adaptability to suit any interior style, whether modern, traditional, or eclectic. However, for a neutral aesthetic to be successful, it’s all about discovering the perfect colour for your home.
Neutrals are remarkably dynamic, exhibiting various undertones and characteristics as they interact with different intensities and angles of light throughout the day. To harness the full potential of neutral colour schemes, it is essential to look at how natural light flows into your kitchen.
This approach lets you fine-tune your choice of neutral hues to ensure they appear fresh and vibrant during daylight hours. For instance, a soft, cool beige might exude a crisp and airy feel when bathed in the morning sun. In the evening, however, the same shade can transform remarkably, emanating a cosy and inviting ambience when basking in the warm glow of artificial lighting or sunset.
Contrary to common misconceptions, neutral kitchens can be anything but dull. You can create a captivating and multi-dimensional design by layering and combining different neutral paint colours and textures.
According to Creative Design Director, Tom Howley, “Soft shades of warm whites and earthy beiges, such as our exclusive colours Tansy and Willow, work well on their own but even better when used in a two-tone scheme. The key is to strike a delicate balance, allowing other colours to complement and enhance the inherent beauty of neutral tones.
For a layered look, pair cabinetry with contrasting walls or incorporate textural elements such as brick slips or stonework to add even more visual interest and depth. To achieve a modern look, experiment with colour drenching, a technique where everything from walls to your door frames are painted in the same shade. By eliminating stark colour contrasts, you can impart a sense of softness to the space and create the illusion of a larger room.
Scandinavian-inspired kitchen schemes have gained immense popularity for their focus on comfort, authenticity, and serenity in the home.
Creative Design Director Tom Howley explains, “Warm neutrals, natural woods, and textural layers – all defining features of a Scandi-scheme – will reign this season as we strive to create more comfort, simplicity and calmness within our living spaces. Throughout the past year, our design team has noticed clients leaning towards a combination of blonde and warm-toned woods, off-white cabinetry, and tactile stone surfaces in the kitchen. This Scandi-inspired trend will continue to evolve with the addition of reeded glass, patina finishes, and natural stone flooring in 2024.”
The enduring nature of neutral kitchens not only guarantees a lasting sense of style but also establishes them as a wise investment, given their ability to sustain their allure and value over time. Be inspired by our timeless kitchen designs in our brochure, or experience our designs first-hand in one of our twenty showrooms.