Updating your kitchen? It can be tempting to go all-in on some of the hot kitchen trends of 2021, but not every look will stand the test of time. That bold shade we absolutely loved at first can quickly lose its appeal as the novelty wears off – and given that installing a new kitchen isn’t cheap, a disappointing outcome can come at a large expense.
For that reason, we reckon choosing a kitchen colour scheme that’ll stand the test of time will save you plenty of money and effort in the long run. But that doesn’t mean opting for the only the blandest decor and crossing your fingers – in fact, some of the trendiest kitchen colours of 2021 are also timeless classics. Even as other colours come and go, these six shades will always be in style.
Keep reading to discover our pick of the best on-trend but timeless kitchen colours!
Six 2021 kitchen colour trends that are timeless
Midnight blue kitchen
Dramatic and sophisticated, we can’t get enough of the indigo trend. Adding depth to any space, this luxe shade is incredibly versatile: think of it as a little black dress that can be styled up or down.
Create a sophisticated, streamlined scheme with matt handless doors and sleek white marble worktops. Add interest with a statement ceiling light and a wow-factor parquet floor for more impact.
Ramp up the glamour for a modern luxe look with a pink feature wall offset by opulent materials such as swirling black marble and metallic brass or copper hardware.
Put a fresh spin on traditional Shaker-style cabinetry by painting the walls bright white. Tie in pale accents via pendant lights and accessories displayed on open shelving.
Forest green kitchen
Tipped to be 2021’s most popular kitchen colour, rich-toned forest green works well in traditional and contemporary schemes and can be balanced with luxe or rustic accessories to suit your style.
Be bold and bring in pops of pale pink, glinting metallics and flashes of undercabinet lighting for a luxurious, maximalist approach.
Work a dramatic look with dark surfaces and hardware softened by warm earthy accents. Ornate brass pendant lighting will add a dash of understated glamour.
Bring a traditional country look up to date by balancing rustic wooden details with pale marble worktops. Style out some open shelving to continue the contemporary farmhouse feel.
Fresh, light and easy to accessorise, there are so many ways to take this timeless neutral. Right now, it’s all about clean-lined minimalism or a relaxed home-spun vibe – which will you choose?
Nail an effortless Scandi look with mismatched furniture and lots of natural texture from wood, rattan and woven accessories. Carefully curated displays of tableware and treasures finish this easy look.
For an industrial feel with just a touch of luxury, keep things pared-back with ultra-slim metallic worktops, narrow handles and exposed-bulb pendant lighting.
Opt for two-tone cabinetry to add warmth to a monochrome scheme. Soft grey wall cabinets and pale wooden flooring keep this minimalist kitchen from being clinical.
Earth toned kitchen
Team several warm neutrals together for an earthy mix-and-match take. Lift this muted scheme with a look-at-me light fitting and bold copper and black accents.
Make taupe units pop against a bold wall for a graphic, contemporary twist. Soften the look with textured split-face tiles and a gallery display of monochrome art prints.
Make rattan and wood the natural heroes in a warm grey palette. A split-level island is a great flexible dining option for your scheme.
Sophisticated black and gunmetal grey are settling in as the new moody neutrals in the kitchen – ideal if you want to build a cosy yet contemporary scheme, or create a bold focal point in an open-plan space.
Opt for sleek units with integrated handles to create a minimalist look in an open-plan room. Choose a light-reflecting gloss finish to keep dark-toned cabinetry from feeling overpowering or imposing.
Break up bold, inky units with glass wall cabinetry and contrasting white wall tiles. Add warmth with a rustic wooden worktop and matching wood flooring.
Bring in pale worktops to balance dark walls and cabinetry. Install a layered, integrated lighting scheme to cast an atmospheric glow in essential areas.
Dusky pink kitchen
Conjuring up a laid-back, holiday vibe, this season’s warm palette – think dusky pink, rich terracotta and yellow – is the perfect foil for natural materials, glinting metallics and bright pops of colour.
Team warm pink walls with luxe metallic highlights – from flooring to lighting and splashbacks – for a grown-up sophisticated scheme with plenty of tactile warmth.
Take the theme closer to the equator by weaving in lush tropical foliage and natural materials such as rattan and seagrass – balance these out with pops of mustard and metallic touches.
Create a rough plaster-effect wall to provide a rustic backdrop for a pale wood dining table. Work in pastel accents with bolts of black to add depth.
Words by Alice Butler.