50 shades of pastel: why light colours work perfectly in the kitchen


From duck egg blues to sherbet lemons, mint greens and candyfloss pinks, pastel shades are proudly displayed in kitchens across the country. But why exactly are these muted tones such a hit in this part of the home and could your cooking area benefit from a makeover in these colours? Keep reading to find out.

Bring out the warmth of natural wood

One of the advantages of these understated hues is the fact that they go so well with another kitchen favourite – solid wood. Timber is a tried and tested kitchen material, and oak is particularly popular. From oak worktops, cabinets, tables and chairs to chopping boards, end grain butchers’ blocks and floors, this natural resource has a full range of uses. As well as having a natural elegance, timber is a robust, practical material that works perfectly in cooking spaces. Pastels complement the soft yet rich tones of wood perfectly, bringing out its natural warmth and character and creating harmony in this part of the home.

Give rooms a bright, airy appearance

Another benefit associated with pastel colours is their ability to give rooms a bright and airy look and feel. Because they are pale, they bounce any natural or artificial light around kitchens, helping to give the areas a more open and spacious appearance. This is especially important in smaller kitchens, but it also adds to the appeal of larger cooking areas. In contrast, darker hues draw light in and can leave kitchens looking gloomy and cramped.

Perfect for creating the country cottage look

Pastels are also perfect if you want to create a rustic country cottage look. Particularly when used alongside plenty of solid wood, these shades can evoke the homely, informal feel of traditional rural kitchens and would match perfectly with the right accessories, such as slateware including a slate cheeseboard. If you don’t want to create a room that looks like it’s straight out of the pages of a catalogue, mix and match your pastels. By using different shades in your cooking space, you can give it an organic, informal look that’s ideal for this part of the home. Bear in mind that the beauty of pastels is their ability to blend with one another so effortlessly.

Create a base for splashes of bolder colour

These tones also make a great base if you want to get creative and add splashes of bolder colours to your kitchen. With a basic pastel scheme in the background, you have complete freedom to add vibrant furnishings, appliances and pieces of artwork. For example, muted duck egg walls can be brought to life with the addition of a vibrant red toaster and kettle set, while a soft yellow design scheme can be invigorated with some bright blue appliances. You can also bring added colour to the room with your choice of window dressings.

Given the myriad benefits associated with pastel colours, it’s no surprise that they have proved so popular among discerning home designers over the years. So, if your kitchen doesn’t yet feature these understated hues, now could be the time to get your paint brushes out and give the heart of your home a style revamp.

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