Kitchen company Magnet found that 42% of households would prefer more colourful kitchens over trendy greys. Pale grey colour palettes have been hugely popular over the last few years, due to its versatility and modern appeal.
But now, especially following the Covid-19 pandemic, it seems that homeowners are looking for interior design that ‘sparks joy’.
Researchers found that a massive 80% of those surveyed believed the colours in our home could have a significant mood-boosting effect. Pastel colours came out on top, when respondents were asked which colours evoke happiness within the home. Nearly three-quarters (74%) said they’d consider bringing pastel shades into their own kitchens.
Magnet’s Head of Design Lizzie Beesley commented on the findings, saying:
“It’s no surprise to us that we’re all lusting for colour as homeowners steer away from grey, but we are amazed at the consumer response to the connection between colour and wellbeing.
“When people talk to me about pastels, they often speak of peacefulness and of creating calm in an increasingly chaotic world. They are a surprisingly versatile and transformative colour palette and have a wondrous way of turning drab grey spaces into something truly special.”
Tips for creating a perfect pastel kitchen
Pastel shades can work wonderfully in the kitchen, but balance is key. Get it wrong, and your light and airy kitchen dream could turn into an overly sugar-sweet nightmare.
Here’s a few tips to help you start your design:
· Test out the look with paint and tiling. If you’re not sure quite how colourful you want to go, start off with pastel paint or tiles. These can be easily changed if needed, while colourful units are much more costly to replace.
· Pair chalky pastels with metallic finishes for a grown-up look. Pastels don’t have to be sweet and pretty – they can be soft, subtle and modern if carefully chosen. Pale pinks, mint greens and sherbet lemons look amazing when combined with rough materials (like concrete), metallic finishes or grey tones.
· Choose a focal point. If you’re not keen on the idea of pastels everywhere, pick a focal point instead. For example, you can make a statement piece out of a brightly coloured pastel pantry or a central island, keeping the rest of the kitchen in a fresh neutral shade.
· Stick to minimalism. Pastels can turn from chic to shocking in a cluttered or old-fashioned looking space. They work best in pared-back kitchens, with sleek lines, glossy surfaces and a minimalist design.
· Contrast with darker tones. Dark-coloured accessories create a brilliant contrast with brighter pastels and help to create a striking contemporary finish. Shades like dark grey, forest green and rich navy blue can work well. You can also layer up the look with textural materials, plus metals like gold or brass. This can help a pastel kitchen look softer and more mature.
Need help designing or fitting your new pastel kitchen? Get in touch with the experts here at A&J Kitchens – let’s bring your dream kitchen to life.