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4 Modern Kitchen Colour Schemes & Remodel Inspiration

Kitchen colour schemes are worthy of careful consideration. We tend to get tied up in what style of kitchen we long for, but the actual colour palette is the first thing you need to think about. Any renovation you’re entering into (or even if you’re building a new home) all starts with having a good think about colour.

In today’s post I want to showcase some of the more contemporary kitchen colour schemes I’m seeing in my travels. A tonne of visual ideas and inspiration are also included; to help you hone in on what type of kitchen makes your heart skip a beat. From bright and white to monochromatic and moody, hopefully you see a colour scheme here that helps you on your reno or kitchen building journey.

There are, of course, a million other colour schemes out there, but these are the four I’m seeing the most in homes of late. Enjoy!

white kitchen with timber cabinetry tinted mirror kitchen splashback and dark grey benchtop

white kitchen with light blond timber cabinets and olive green splashback tiles reno rumble

1. Kitchen Colour Schemes: White and Blonde

Probably the most common kitchen colour palette of late is the mixing of creamy white tones and blonde timber. It’s fresh, it’s contemporary and it feels pretty relaxed and effortless.

Mixing materials in your kitchen cabinetry is all the rage too. You can see this showcased in the hero image in this post and the photo underneath it. Having high cupboards in glossy white and your lower ones in a timber grain allows the space to feel varied and interesting. It also makes the space feel warmer than an all-gloss scenario.

It’s a fairly clean, organic look too. So in a lot of these types of kitchens the cabinetry will be handle-free. It’s all about clean lines and no bells or whistles.

One thing to be careful of is to not directly match your lower cupboards to the floor. You risk it feeling overwhelmingly warm and visually overwhelming. The image above is walking a fine line of taking that blonde timber too far.

black shaker style kitchen cupboards with tinted frosted mirror splasback

black and white kitchen with shaker style kitchen cupboards and gold handles

black and white kitchen with red mahogany floorboards and glossy subway tiles on kitchen splashback

2. Kitchen Colour Schemes: Black and White

It’s a classic approach to use black and white in your kitchen. And the added bonus is that it feels sophisticated and timeless. In all kitchens that use black and white, you’ll notice that one colour is the dominant shade. You don’t want an exact 50/50 split between the colours or it’ll look odd.

Because of this colour scheme’s inherent classy quality, you’ll often notice marble or Caesarstone benchtops in thick profiles. It’s a really nice way to tap into the upmarket aesthetic and it’s a personal fave of mine.

You’ll notice in all of the photos above that timber has been used to break up the potential monotony of the black and white. The first two images use warm mid-toned timbers, while the image directly above sports a rich mahogany tone. It doesn’t matter what material you use in the flooring, but it’s nice to have a point of difference against all the black and white.

If your kitchen is on the smaller side, I’d steer you away from using black as your dominant colour. Unless there’s a lot of light pouring into the room, your kitchen can end up feeling quite closed-in.

grey and white shaker style kitchen colour schemes

charcoal grey kitchen with light timber cabinets and industrial grey metal pendants over kitchen island

the block 2016 andy and ben kitchen with green and grey cupboards and white waterfall caesarstone benchtop

3. Kitchen Colour Schemes: Gorgeous Greys

Blonde and white feels casual and relaxed. Black and white feels sophisticated and timeless. But for a kitchen that feels a little more adventurous, I love grey tones.

As you can see in the imagery above, the grey can be light and crisp, or deeper and moodier. You can also pair grey with white or timber. The former will feel lighter and airier, while the latter will feel more warm and rustic. Using charcoal greys allows you to infuse some industrial elements into the kitchen as well, or you can opt for a more farmhouse style.

This kitchen colour scheme is a divine one, but just be careful not to let the grey dominate too much. The kitchen directly above (which also sports some awesome green cupboards) takes the grey a step too far for my tastes. The upper cabinets need some variation.

The first grey image above is a good example of using glass on the upper cabinetry to take some of the visual bulk away.

light olive green kitchen cpboards with shaker style door handles and light timber floor

reno rumble blue kitchen cabinets with brown leather cupboard handles

eclectic kitchen with dark teal cabinetry and white splashback tiles kitchen colour schemes

4. Kitchen Colour Schemes: A Dash of Colour

If you consider yourself the adventurous type and you’re in a home you plan on staying in, give colour a go. I’m not suggesting a radiant red splashback or similar, but subdued blues and greens work really well in kitchens. Especially if you’re after a look that feels modern and eclectic.

All three photos above showcase kitchens of differing styles. But all have cabinetry in dusty green tones, soft sky blues, and deeper teals.

The great thing about this concept is that you control how much colour you want. Go all out as you see in the first picture above, or just introduce colour in lower cabinetry. If you introduce enough white or timber as a major element in the space, the colour won’t feel at all overwhelming.

What’s your fave of the kitchen colour schemes in this post? Is there another palette you’re fond it? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.

Images in this post courtesy of Channel 9, Pinterest and Homes to Love.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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4 Responses

  1. Thanks for a great article and some fab. storage ideas, love those overhead pull-out drawers – our 20 year old kitchen is next on the hit list and am a great fan of anything grey, its given me lots of ideas, pitfalls to avoid and what complements grey without it looking too sterile, Just what I needed, – we poor folk who cannt get out really appreciate your interior advice and wisdom, a big THANK YOU.

  2. Hi
    I had a problem seeing the comparisons as most of the images where not loading. Good advise though and lots to think about. Thanks Mandy

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