There’s one school of thought that says small spaces benefit more from muted colour palettes. But what’s more likely to give a greater sense of space in a little kitchen is a consistent application of the same colour. See the Sage Henley kitchen as a case in point. With Sage on the cabinetry, the walls, the neighbouring table and chairs, every part of the kitchen feeds into the next, which gives the illusion of more space.
One step down from this is to have a palette using tones from the same colour. Choosing colour on the walls to match the cabinetry may well have made the rooms feel a notch larger, but that amount of the same colour can feel too much for some. Handily, this is why our core colours are organised into palettes, so you can always find a similar hue to pair them with.
All that said, don’t discount strong contrasts. Sometimes, the bold and brave use of colour is what’s needed to transform a room from small and drab to cosy but characterful.
It’s a lesson that shades of white and pale grey aren’t the only options for small kitchen homes – far from it.