Choosing the right colour and style for your kitchen doors can be a daunting task, one which can cause unnecessary stress and even sleepless nights.
It’s a big decision to make, one which you don’t want to get wrong.
Since 1996 I’ve worked with literally thousands of home owners to help them create their perfect kitchen – here are my top tips on how pick the perfect colour and style for your kitchen and how to avoid the most common kitchen ‘disasters’
The first two things to consider when planning your kitchen refurbishment are;
1. What do I really want from my new look kitchen?
This is where you get to compile your ‘wish list’ of what’s important to YOU and what you’d really like to achieve, whilst at the same time having realistic expectations about your budget and the physical constraints of the space you are working in.
2. What aspects of my existing kitchen must be incorporated into my new kitchen?
Unless you are working with a totally empty shell then it’s likely that there are going to be aspects of your existing kitchen that need to be incorporated into your new kitchen. This might be existing floor or wall tiles, worktops, a sink or maybe a perfectly functional oven and hob or even an ugly gas boiler that has never been boxed in properly. Whatever these things may be, its important to make a mental note of them and to choose your new kitchen doors and worktops with these items in mind.
Practical door styles and colours
One of the most highly rated featured on our customers ‘wish lists’ over the years has been kitchen doors with a practical – easy to clean surface. Practicality can be looked at in two distinctly different ways when considering the best type of replacement kitchen doors for your home.
Firstly there are practical kitchen door styles. These are kitchen doors which have a smooth surface which is either totally flat, or a ones which have a simple design in the surface. Door styles such as Lewes or Newick are the most popular plain doors, whilst Washington Kitchen Doors have a very simple flat centre panel and a versatile design which works well in almost any kitchen either traditional or contemporary.
Handleless doors such as Rimger and Petworth are also a very popular option as they also give a totally flat appearance, without any need for knobs or handles.
Secondly there are practical door colours. These are kitchen doors colours which by their very nature are more suited to the busy lifestyles that many of us live today. These colours would include lighter woodgrain finishes, in fact any satin door finish which will stay cleaner looking for longer. High gloss finishes can look great, however by their very nature, they can show finger marks and smears more than satin finishes and as a result may need that little bit more care and attention.
Wahington Kitchen Door in Ontario Maple
Don’t over compensate for your old dark kitchen
If you are fed up with your old mahogany brown kitchen and dark brown worktops then its only natural to think about replacing it with a white one, however you don’t necessarily have to go from one extreme to another to create a lighter brighter kitchen. Colours such as creams and light woodgrains will give you a much lighter room whilst at the same time adding a natural warmth to your kitchen.
How to choose colours which work well together
I’m a great believer that contrasting colours work well together. By that I mean that lighter colour kitchen doors work well with darker colour worktops and tiles. At one end of the colour scale this can be as extreme as white kitchen doors with black worktops, which is classically elegant combination. However the same rule applies to colours more closely related to each other such as a light woodgrain kitchen door with a slate grey worktop, or maybe a Vanilla Shaker kitchen door with a woodgrain worktop. In both of these examples the colour of kitchen door still contrasts the colour of the worktop but in a more subtle way. Now I’m not saying that matching kitchen door and worktops can’t work together, they can in some cases, providing that you introduce a contrasting colour somewhere else in the kitchen, such as with tiles or wall colours.
How to introduce strong colours into your kitchen
Its great sometimes to let your imagination run wild and if you have a particular colour that you just love and want to incorporate into your new kitchen then there it is possible to do this without going overboard.
One way of working with strong colours in the kitchen is to mix them with more neutral ones. For example one of our customers chose High Gloss Black doors for the main part of the kitchen, then added just a few Paprika doors to introduce their favourite colour. This is a simple and effective way to work with strong colours, and if you change your mind at a later date then you’ve only got a few doors to change.
White cabinets don’t mean you are tied to a white kitchen
Just because your existing kitchen cupboards have white sides does not mean that you are limited to having a white kitchen. There are two simple and effective solutions to this problem;
1.Cover your existing white cabinet sides with either self adhesive vinyl, or apply end panels to match your new kitchen doors. Our self adhesive vinyl is quick and easy to apply and gives your kitchen a totally new look in no time at all.
Matching self adhesive vinyl is a quick and easy way to change the colour of your kitchen cabinets
2. Choose a contrasting door colour and make a feature of the way that the two colours work with each other. One great example of this is our Visions Kitchen Doors which look great on white cabinets.
Kitchens sell houses (or NOT if they are done badly)
It’s a well known fact that kitchens sell houses. Sadly, many homeowners forget this important fact and create a kitchen which is based on their personal ‘tastes’ rather than thinking about what their potential buyers (or tenants) are looking for.
Making a statement with strong colours or distinctive styles may be just what you’re looking for, but if you’re thinking of selling or renting your house then you should consider more neutral tones and styles, in keeping with the aspirations and expectations of your target buyers.
An old fashioned kitchen can knock thousands of pounds off the value of your home, but replacement kitchen doors can add the value and appearance of a new kitchen, but for a fraction of the price.
We often get asked for cheap kitchen doors, however you don’t want to end up with a cheap looking kitchen.
Our best selling Trends and Visions kitchen doors not only look great they are great value for money too – and because we compare our prices with all the other major online retailers you can be sure that you’re getting the best quality doors at the best price too!
If you need any help or advice with your replacement kitchen door project, simply send us an email or give us a call and we’d be delighted to help.
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