It’s surprisingly easy to refresh your kitchen, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. Even if you want to undertake a complete kitchen renovation, as long as you spend time planning and are prepared to put in some hard work, it shouldn’t take too much time to create the kitchen of your dreams.


The kitchen is considered by many to be the heart of any home, so it deserves some time and attention. If you need some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place.

Let’s explore together some of the top 15 kitchen colour ideas.

1. Be Bold and Use Grey

Not so very long ago, grey was crowned the Colour of the Year, and this might be one reason why it’s growing in popularity. It also creates a feeling of warmth and feels very down-to-earth. It pairs very well with other colours, styles, and textures.

grey kitchen

2. Embrace Nature With Green

Earthy tones have been steadily increasing in popularity for a few years now. Sage started the rise, and not long after, subtle grey-green was added to the mix. Fast forward a couple more years, and natural evergreen shades look like they’re here to stay. 

3. Be Daring With Black and White

A black and white colour scheme used to be considered slightly risque. However, this colour combination is starting to become more mainstream. The secret to pulling this style of is to aim for contrast and to create that wow factor. 

4. Include Touches of Pink

If you’d like to bring some joy to your modern kitchen, you really should consider pink. You might be a little nervous about going all out for pink. In which case, subtle touches will still bring a touch of fun and colour while keeping a balanced look. 

5. Teal is Gaining Popularity

Teal is a shade of green that is trending right now. If you’re not sure how to incorporate it into your kitchen, you can accentuate the soothing effect of this colour by adding some indoor plants. An additional benefit is that you’ll be helping to improve people’s moods. 

teal kitchen

6. Make a Splash With Red

There are a variety of shades to choose from, including scarlet, burgundy, and rust. It’s one of the latest trendy colours in kitchen design and is an excellent way to create a wow factor.

7. Orange is Hot This Year

Orange is another very bold colour choice, but you can pull it off if you dare to do something different. Choose zesty orange for your kitchen cupboards, or add some orange accessories. 

8. Choose Accents of Yellow

It’s probably not a good idea to paint the whole of your kitchen yellow, but it is the perfect choice for an accent. Think about painting your kitchen cabinets or perhaps an accent wall. One colour that complements yellow very well is turquoise.

9. How Many Colours?

Don’t be afraid to let your creative side shine through and use more than one colour in your kitchen. However, don’t get too carried away because three colours will be more than enough contrast. Bring attention to the kitchen but don’t overwhelm the eye by choosing eye-catching colours. There are no specific rules to follow. If you want your upper and lower cabinets and kitchen island to be different colours, then go for it. 

kitchen design idea

10. Be Brave With Colour Contrasts

There’s nothing wrong with picking two shades on opposite sides of the colour wheel. Pink and green, for example, are a bold colour contrast that works exceedingly well. 

11. Colours for Small Kitchens

It’s common knowledge that light colours create a feeling of space, making them ideal for smaller kitchens. Choose white for the cabinets and walls, and it will brighten and lighten the room. The colours will also help make a small kitchen look bigger because they create uniformity and visual simplicity.

12. Take Your Kitchen to the Dark Side

Choose to use dark colours in your kitchen if you want to embrace the dark side, but don’t forget to offset them with light coloured furniture and bright colour pops. Dark colours also work very well as accent shades and will make a room feel very inviting. They work particularly well when you offset them with textured woods.

dark colour kitchen

13. Paint Your Cabinets

Painting the walls is the most obvious choice if you want to breathe some life into your kitchen. However, painting the furniture will also bring a new drop of life to the room. Best of all, if you want to renovate your kitchen at a later date, without worrying about the expense of replacing kitchen units, simply sand them down and repaint them in a new colour.

14. Use Eco-Friendly Paints

Paints have had a bit of a bad rap in recent years when it comes to being eco-friendly. Traditionally, for a paint to be durable and long-lasting required harsh chemicals known as VOCs or volatile organic compounds. These are known for their harsh effects on the environment and human health. Fortunately, there is an alternative. When painting your home, look for eco-friendly paints with fewer chemicals and, therefore, lower VOCs. An additional benefit is that there will be little to no noxious paint smell.   

15. Colours to Avoid

Some colours are better left alone if you want to refresh your kitchen. For example:


  • Mustard yellow: Thought by many to be one of the world’s ugliest colours.
  • Eggshell: It may have been on trend once upon a time, but now it’s outdated.
  • Taupe or warm beige: This shade will only make your kitchen look old-fashioned. 
  • Bright yellow: This colour could make your kitchen look tacky if you overdo it. 

beige kitchen

There are a wealth of kitchen colours to choose from, but now you know a little bit more about this year’s most popular ones, you’re better equipped to make the right decision for your home and lifestyle. Best of all, you can create a whole new look for your kitchen in one weekend if you don’t mind getting the paintbrush out.