The classic painted kitchen is usually traditional in style with oodles of character making it the perfect choice for period and country homes. The choice of colours is almost limitless and you can afford to be brave in your choice – you can always repaint at a later date if you tire of it. Here a crisp grey is a sophisticated match for elegant Georgian-inspired joinery.
Playing with scale
The classic painted kitchen is the natural choice for a period home and often these properties are blessed with large rooms and grand proportions. Here a well-thought out layout and striking combination of bold terracotta and antique cream paint finishes helps to balance the space while a bold patterned wallpaper brings the walls further in to give this room a welcoming feel. Kitchens by Smallbone of Devizes are painted on site by their own team of decorative artists.
Not just for classic styles, the painted finish has been working its way on to contemporary kitchens too in recent years, giving a softer finish than the standard lacquers. Here, modern colour blocking techniques in the form of a bright fuschia island and royal blue wall are tempered with a soft grey and white. The Linear Kitchen by Harvey Jones is supplied primed and ready to paint or painted in the colour of your choice.
While the island is the mainstay of the modern-day, open-plan kitchen, the latest trend is for islands that have a more freestanding feel, often with tall legs and open shelving. Such pieces are long-serving additions in painted kitchens — think of all those stunning larder units. Here the lightness of the furniture allows for a dramatically dark colour scheme that is really elegant.
Painted kitchen cabinetry gives a lovely soft finish that is hardwearing and can take almost anything that busy family life can throw at it; a few scuffs and dings will only add to the charm. Opt for pale shades to balance a low ceiling or to add light if your room is on the dark side. Try Neptune’s own paint range consisting of Original Emulsion for walls, £27.50 for 2.5L and Original Eggshell for furniture, £35 for 2.5L.
Mix it up
One of the real strengths of the painted kitchen is that you’re not limited to one colour. Using two or three shades adds interest and helps the look feel relaxed and welcoming. You can be bold and go for a stand-out colour on a signature piece such as an island or a larder unit or go for subtle variation to give a soft, freestanding feel.
Cool and elegant
A painted finish teamed with natural stone for worktops and splashbacks makes an elegant choice for all styles of home from modern to period and country cottage. Underwood’s new Vermont kitchen brings together a palette of neutrals, black walnut accents and polished Bianco Eclipsia marble.
Outside the box
The painted finish and bespoke cabinetry go hand in hand, and a made to order kitchen will allow you to be truly creative with your furniture. The increasing popularity of the open plan kitchen has created a trend for kitchen pieces that look more like living room furniture. Here, tall cupboards make excellent use of space and provide a striking backdrop for the casual dining area.
Against the grain
A mix of painted cabinetry and natural wood is a great way to add interest especially in a large kitchen. Both types of cabinetry will generally be handmade in solid and often the wood finish is a veneer. In this kitchen, softly-coloured units are the perfect foil for the bolder grain markings of the walnut.
For a clean and coordinated look, choose worktops and flooring to blend with the colour of your painted kitchen cabinetry. Here, shades of soft grey and white are echoed in classic marble and pale stone to create a serene and elegant feel.
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