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The best paint colours for a small kitchen

Kitchen painted in Lick Green 03

Known as the ‘heart of the home', the kitchen is the space in our homes where many of us tend to spend most of our time. It’s a place to cook, snack, and perch as we mindlessly scroll on our phones and (in the good old days) socialise. It’s also one of the main rooms where the design and style can affect your property’s value. So naturally, decorating your kitchen is a pretty important task.

If you’re working with a small kitchen, all is not lost. There are plenty of ways to open up the room and add the illusion of space through your interior decor choices. 

Discover the the best paint colours for your small kitchen and learn how to maximise space whilst playing with colour.

Paint colours for a small kitchen: yellow

Let’s start with one of Pantone’s 2021 colours of the year: yellow! Not only is this uplifting colour super on-trend this year, it’s also well suited to kitchens from a colour psychology perspective. According to our lead colour specialist Tash: “Yellow affects our emotions and is a great choice for kitchens, particularly if there is a lack of natural light. It’s bright and cheerful and brings positivity to the heart of the home.” 

So how to introduce a bit of yellow into your kitchen? If you’re working with a darker room, brighten it up with a shade like the creamy Yellow 01 for instant good vibes. If you simply want to add a pop of yellow, we’d recommend painting your kitchen cupboards in the warm Yellow 02

It’s worth pointing out that opting for the same colour all over can make a room feel bigger, as the whole space blends into one. With less detail for the eye to take in, your space can seem larger than it actually is.

“Yellow is a great choice for kitchens. It’s bright and cheerful and brings positivity to the heart of the home.”

Tash Bradley
Textured wall painted in Lick Yellow 01 paint

Opt for Lick Yellow 01 for a burst of positivity and brightness

Kitchen painted in a vibrant yellow

We are totally inspired by this yellow kitchen belonging to jewellery designer @ericamathiesen / @miss_mathiesen

Paint colours for a small kitchen: green

Bring a bit of the outdoors in and start eating healthier with a splash of green in your kitchen. Yep, that second part is true from a colour psychology point of view! According to Tash, “Greens can encourage you to eat healthier and lead a good balanced lifestyle.” And hey, that’s not a bad thing, ever. 

To open up a small kitchen, opt for a fresh and cool light green such as Green 09. The soft yellow and grey undertones of a green such as this are the perfect blend to reflect light and energise a space, instantly making your room look a bit bigger. Alternatively, a rich smoky green like Green 03 is irresistibly inviting and can actually add depth to a room.

“Greens can encourage you to eat healthier and lead a good balanced lifestyle.”

Tash Bradley
Kitchen painted in Lick Green 03

Green and clean, the calming kitchen of @oliviaroseinteriors

Close up of kitchen cupboards painted in Lick Green 03

Lick Green 03 adds instant sophistication and really comes alive when contrasted against the white tiles and counter top @oliviaroseinteriors

Paint colours for a small kitchen: white

Classic for a reason, white paint is known for its light-reflecting properties, making your walls ‘recede’ and opening up small spaces. Our top picks include the creamy White 03, a soft white with yellow undertones that can open up your kitchen while keeping those warm, cosy vibes. If you want to ultimate in light reflection, White 01 is a brilliant white but with grey undertones that can boost the energy levels of any small space. 

According to Tash: “White creates a feeling of calmness. When used in a kitchen, it can make the space feel clean, sophisticated, and elegant.” Bring in some more energy by painting kitchen cupboards a different colour. As Tash would advise, “Having pops of colour or lots of plants will make sure the space doesn’t feel sterile and cold.”

“White creates a feeling of calmness. When used in a kitchen, it can make the space feel clean, sophisticated, and elegant.”

Tash Bradley
Textured wall painted in Lick White 01 paint

Opt for Lick White 01 for a fresh and bright start to your day

Kitchen cabinets painted in bright Green 08

Try painting the top kitchen cupboards white to add height to your space, and pair with a bolder colour on the bottom like @retrojo5 did here with Lick Green 08

Paint colours for a small kitchen: grey 

Working with a darker kitchen? Tash recommends choosing a warm or rich grey with a strong undertone like Grey 03 or Grey 04. Add lots of green plants to bring out the depth of the colour. 

We’re also slightly obsessed with this kitchen makeover where Athina from Topology Interiors used the greyish taupe Greige 02 on the walls and contrasted it with green kitchen cupboards for a cool and contemporary finish.

Kitchen painted in Lick Green 06 paint and Greige 02 paint

Lick Greige 02 walls with Green 06 cupboards is a match made in heaven here. Image c/o @topologyinteriors

Need a little more expert advice before starting your very own kitchen makeover? Book yourself in for a virtual colour consultancy with one of our colour experts for personalised decorating advice.

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