Celebrating the non-white kitchen

21st November 2021

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As the busiest place in the family home, the open plan kitchen with large island benches, is where families create meals, share conversations and it brings everyone together at the beginning and end of each day. 

While the white kitchen is still has maximum appeal, non-white kitchens are also certainly turning heads. We asked Colour and Design Consultant, Natalia Manion which non-white kitchens are getting the hearts racing and why a pop of colour may be just what your kitchen and home needs.


The bold and the beautiful

According to Natalia, there has been a huge shift towards matte finishes and coloured kitchen cabinets. 

“Dark bold kitchen colours in Black, Navy and Charcoal are still setting the scene in 2021. Perhaps consider Laminex’s Stormcloud, Terril, Winter Sky or French Navy for that guaranteed head-turning factor. The use of these strong dramatic colours can produce a moody atmosphere and add a sense of elegance or luxury to your home.  Darker colours also help create a bold and daring impact,” she said.

If you aren’t convinced, try incorporating texture into the space as this will allow light to create interest and warmth into the space without relying on colour. Perhaps consider Laminex’s Burnished Wood, Blackened Legno or even Black with a Chalk finish as this will add elegance and luxury to any space.

“Adding a peppering of gold or copper to the tapware or in the finishes adds another luxurious dimension to the darker kitchen.”


Seeing the lighter side

New lighter shades of colour like soft greens, light greys and lattes are neutral tones that are replacing the classic white kitchen. Medium and lighter hues of colour are becoming popular as they still create a fresh, clean and bright feel for the home. 

“Injecting some eye-popping accessories such as black tapware or frosted glass overhead cabinetry, supercharges the level of opulence in your kitchen.

“Laminex’s colours like Possum, Spinifex, Seed, Lava Grey or Green Slate are great alternatives to white.” Natalia adds.

Mixing it up

“We have also seen the mixing of coloured cabinets in the kitchen. The mixing and matching of timber with a plain colour is still on trend at the moment.” Natalia says.

“Timber grains add a feeling of warmth and produce a welcoming atmosphere to any space. Another popular choice is two-tone cabinets using highly contrasting colours to create a monochromatic space. The sharp contrast between dark and light is very dramatic and still a current choice for many homes.”


Is white on the way out?

Natalia says, the answer is “no”. White makes a space feel light, bright and clean. Some may think that white is the plain and safe choice. However, white is timeless.  It can work well in a period home or in a super modern home. Shaker profile cabinet doors can give your kitchen a classic Hamptons look. While sleek, clean and streamlined designs are details needed for a contemporary kitchen. For a coastal look try Laminex’s White doesn’t have to be boring!”

“To avoid a white kitchen looking too stark, too cold and unexciting, choose a feature in your kitchen to highlight.  A marble bench top, brass cabinet handles, matte Black sinks and mixers, a colourful tiled splashback, beautiful pendant lights, potted plants, fresh herbs or freshly cut flowers. All of these will lift the space and make it more interesting.  Or use a feature timber panel  to the rear of your kitchen island to add more texture and warmth to your kitchen.” Natalia adds.

Don’t forget that texture can play a very important role within any space – try swapping out a simple glass splashback to a white gloss vertical and stacked tile for an architectural look or even a matt white herringbone for a Hampton’s style space.

Mistakes to avoid

According to Natalia, regardless of what colour kitchen you choose, your selection in flooring, furniture, lighting and decorative items will break up the space and add dimension. It’s important to consider the function and feeling you want to create in the space.

“Some people fear the use of white as there is a fine line between a white colour palette that is fresh and clean and one that feels cold and clinical. When deciding on a white, consider the undertone. Whites can have a yellow, red, blue or grey undertone.”

“No matter which white you decide to select. All of the whites do not have to match exactly. Slight variations in colour won’t matter as long as the whites complement each other and they blend well together with the same undertone. The key to creating a white-on-white colour palette is to incorporate accents in different textures and finishes. This makes your space more interesting and creates a more pleasing space visually.”


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