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Colour & finishes

There’s plenty of room for colour in the modern kitchen, from carefully chosen neutral shades to natural hues and occasional bright accents. The finish of every surface contributes to the overall effect, so think of your walls, worktops, floor and units as a single palette in order to create a harmonious, individual space.

The range of textures in a modern kitchen, from tactile woods and rugged concrete to shiny stainless steel and high-gloss units, makes subtle colour schemes a shrewd choice. Whites and greys are versatile and sophisticated and can be livened up with  some strategically placed, bright accessories such as painted ceramics or glassware, which add an energising hit of colour.

Bold use of colour needn’t mean painting the kitchen a rainbow of different shades. Monochrome remains a popular and striking choice – whether you team black units with a white worktop, or vice versa – and graphite shades always have a strong impact.

If you do want to include a vibrant colour, consider applying it in an alcove, on a single feature wall or even as a backdrop to a glass splashback. Wallpaper works similarly well as a feature wall, adding personality without overwhelming the space.

The element of surprise is a useful design tool and the introduction of colour in the most unexpected of ways can create a dramatic effect. A single element of confident, show-stopping colour might take the form of a rubber floor, a composite worktop or coloured cabinets. But if you do decide to invest in the ultimate style statement, also consider the cost of replacing any dramatic looks which may lose their appeal in years to come.