While many people may think of pink as a more traditional colour for the bedroom or living room, it can also be used effectively in the kitchen to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Whether you’re looking to make a subtle accent or a bold statement, there are many ways to incorporate this surprisingly versatile colour into your design. This blog will explore some of the most creative and inspiring ways to use pink in the kitchen, from heavenly colour combinations to playful accessories.
Pink is often associated with feelings of warmth, love, creativity and playfulness – it can also be a fresh alternative to neutrals. The kitchen is the soul of the house, so don’t hold back when wanting to inject personality and visual interest into your space. Pink can be as versatile as you like – paint walls, drench cabinetry, pair-back pink with soft neutrals or combine with zesty greens and deep blues for an energetic, more playful look.
When deciding on your shade of pink, it’s worth considering whether it suits the style of your kitchen and the mood you want to create within your space. Our exclusive colour, Pink Dusk, is unlike your usual bubblegum pink. It’s incredibly soft, charming and moody. It’s a colour that imbues warmth and gives a homely glow, perfect for bringing a sense of comfort to the home. Whether you want to go all-out or dip your toe into the world of colour, it’s a pink like no other.
We recently asked Interior Designer, Naomi Astley Clarke a few questions on how she would use pink in the kitchen.
For clients that want a pink kitchen, which shades do you recommend? Which shades would you not recommend?
Think about how much light your kitchen receives. If you have a dark kitchen, I would avoid deeper neon or bright pinks as these will feel dominating. Consider coral or plaster tones for a darker space which will help to uplift your cooking area.
How can a client add a touch of pink to their kitchen without committing to fully painted cabinetry?
For an elegant, contemporary look, I’ve recently installed pink ‘Rosalina’ marble in a client’s kitchen, which works perfectly with simple white units and walls.
I have also used pink wallpaper behind glass as the kitchen splashback in one of my projects which worked beautifully.
If a client is feeling particularly brave with colour, how do you help guide them in creating a kitchen that meets their bold design expectations while ensuring style longevity?
Style longevity is all about avoiding too many current style trends which will ultimately date your kitchen. But colour is timeless, so if you design it right, a kitchen should stand the test of time, whatever colour it is.
The Pink Kitchen Island
A pink island can instantly lift a kitchen. Not only does the colour bring a fun and creative energy to the space, but it also provides a unique and bold focal point. It can be a great way to incorporate a splash of colour without committing to a full-on pink kitchen. Offset this statement colour with neutral wall cabinetry and white surfaces, or create a bold statement with black hardware and moody contrasting paint hues.
Two-toned kitchen cabinetry is a popular design trend that adds depth and dimension to the kitchen. This design scheme involves pairing two different cabinetry colours to create a striking contrast and break up the monotony of a single-colour kitchen. The key to creating a successful two-toned kitchen is to balance the colours and choose complementary shades that work well together. For example, you can opt for light and dark shades of the same colour or choose two colours that are opposite on the colour wheel. Navy blue and pink schemes are becoming increasingly popular, as well as combinations of green and pink. If you choose not to have a contrasting island, you can use colour-blocking techniques to create a unique look elsewhere in the kitchen.
Colour Drenching with Pink
Colour drenching refers to using bold and vibrant hues in a kitchen interior scheme. This design technique involves painting the walls, cabinets, and other surfaces in a single, eye-catching colour, creating a monochromatic look that is both striking and harmonious. This approach is ideal for those who want to make a bold statement in their kitchen and are confident in incorporating bright and daring shades. When done correctly, this painting technique can create a dynamic and energising atmosphere – sometimes even giving the illusion of more space. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that colour drenching can also be overwhelming if not balanced with neutral accents, so consider the overall aesthetic of your kitchen before making a final decision.
Pair with Statement Surfaces
Add layers of interest with details such as statement worktops, brass hardware and reeded glass – all elements that pair beautifully with pink. High-impact veined surfaces are set to grow in popularity this year. White surfaces with neutral veining can add femininity and a note of luxury to a space, whilst dark, bold markings can add energy and drama, working well with both classic shaker and modern kitchens.
Fancy a splash of colour, but scared of committing to an entire wall or run of cabinets? Painting a feature dresser or selection of backboards in pink can be a great way to introduce colour, without overwhelming a space. Imagine a bifold pantry where you open the doors to reveal a pink interior, or a glazed pantry with soft rosy tones filtering through – an excellent backdrop for showcasing ceramics, glassware, and characterful kitchen accessories.
Styling with Pink
The key to successfully styling with pink in the kitchen is to choose items that complement the overall look, balancing the pink accents with neutrals or complementary colours where necessary. By combining different shades of pink and pairing them with other colours and textures, you can create a kitchen that is both stylish and functional.