When we bought our house a few years ago, one of the first things I did was decorate. Every room got a splash of colour. Even my kitchen walls became taupe, a small change that made it seem instantly warmer and more homely.
But it seems I’m in the minority. New research from Crown Decorating Centres has revealed that over half of British homes are painted white, cream or magnolia inside. Almost as many people admitted that their childhood homes were painted in the same palette of colours.
It seems not only are we happy to duplicate our parents’ decor, we’re also not too fussy about change – a third of people polled said they hadn’t repainted for around five years, while one in 10 redecorate every decade.
As a spokesperson, David Fish, neatly sums up: ‘While more than a quarter of us admit we are influenced by our parents tastes, most of us refuse to acknowledge any parental influence – this, while sitting in homes where the colour scheme is exactly the same as that in the home we grew up in.’
If you’re not quite ready for a bright turquoise home, here are three great ways to add colour to your kitchen without it being too scary.
1, Just paint one wall
The feature wall – not only is it on-trend, it’s a great way to try out a new look without committing. You can try paint or wallpaper, depending on how busy the rest of your kitchen is. Check out this red wall with a Howdens kitchen.
Funky red feature wall
2, Choose a coloured splashback
Here you have two options – a splashback of back-painted glass or you could just paint the wall itself and pop a bit of glass over the top. Remember to choose low-iron glass though to avoid a greenish tinge. This orange number says it all.
Orange splashback by Crawford Glass
3, Paint the kitchen cabinetry
If I can’t convince you to step away from magnolia walls, at least let the cabinetry itself have a lick of colour. Cool ice-cream pastels make a room feel summery even in the depths of winter or you could just paint one piece of furniture a deep aubergine or blue to make it a focal point. This Chalon kitchen is a perfect example.
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