Okay, back to the main matter at hand: your cabinetry colour. At Neptune, we have 28 carefully edited paint shades in our core collection, not to mention our seasonal shades, all of which can be mixed to order from our archive. There are lots of possibilities (although, we hope you’ll agree, not an overwhelming amount). To guide you on your way, here are, in no particular order, some of our favourite suggestions:
Pale but interesting
White or off-white kitchens feel light, airy and clean. They’re popular because they’re so versatile, working with any floor and work surface, and you can always add colour through accessories. But which white to choose? A clean – but not brilliant – white like Snow will feel fresh, though its warm undertones will stop the room feeling clinical. Off-whites like Salt have a creaminess to them (without straying into clotted territory) so will work well with warm woods or even red-based colours such as Pink Peppercorn or Paprika.
Black & white elegance
A monochromatic scheme is sophisticated, precise and clean, but how you balance the percentages of black and white will push the look further. Lots of white with dashes of black looks smart and crisp; an even balance of black and white feels harmonious; while more black will look strong but you’ll need plenty of natural light to stop it feeling gloomy (unless, that is, you want to embrace the gloom). Rather than going for a pure black and white combo which might feel a tad harsh, try mixing Snow with chalky, off-black Charcoal.
Grey is delightfully versatile – it has more personality than plain white and adds depth and history but is also happy to be a foil to brights like our yellowy Saffron. In kitchens, greys work well with stainless steel appliances and tone with marble work surfaces. Consider Shingle, a pale grey, on cabinetry with a Teal island or go darker with the mid-toned Cobble and a warm neutral like Lily.
Blue covers so many moods, from sunny coastal vibes with shades like Flax Blue to sophisticated depth in colours like Ink. Blue and white feels crisp and clean in a kitchen and mixes well with brass handles and a lighter work surface, while a blue-green shade such as Aqua Blue will energise a space and work with woods, leathers and black-bronze hardware.
Deep greens like Cactus pair well with smoked glass and burnished metals, giving an opulent edge to a kitchen-diner. At the other end of the scale, softer greens like Sage and French Grey feel calming and tranquil. Try relaxing Sage with darker woods and bronze hardware to ground the scheme, or pair the vintage tones of French Grey with paler woods and white work surfaces.
Pretty in pink
Maybe not the obvious option for cabinetry, pinks, such as Pink Peppercorn and Old Rose, can be amazingly effective in kitchens. They work beautifully with the undertones of Carrara marble and mix with pale or darker greys to create a calming cook space. You could introduce black accessories through lighting or black-bronze handles to keep the look sophisticated.