For many people kitchen refurbishment is top of their wish list of home alterations, and A&R Design have extensive experience in creating beautiful contemporary kitchens. Choosing a colour scheme is one of several key decisions that you need to make when considering the look and feel of your kitchen.

Soft and subtle colour
This kitchen in Enfield pairs wooden cabinets in two co-ordinating colour-ways with work surfaces in soft grey marble, and a feature wood work-surface which complements the eco-friendly cork flooring, and the touches of wood in the open shelving and the table and chairs. These elements introduce subtle touches of colour to create a warm and inviting space.

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Above the hob, simple pale green metro tiles in a classic brick layout complement the pale green of the cabinets and provide a great background for the sleek polished steel extractor hood. A feature wall of patterned tiles above the wooden work surface make a feature which adds interest to the overall scheme, and uses a palette of green and stone tones, that subtly pulls together the different colour elements in the room. The pale green colour is echoed in the kettle and toaster, and matches storage in the main living area, helping to create a coherent colour scheme.
The spacious island unit is a versatile addition, providing plenty of extra cupboard space, a large food preparation area and an inset sink. The glamorous over-sized glass pendant lights provide an eye-catching feature as well as serving a practical purpose, and during the day, the whole space is flooded with plenty of natural light from the new skylights and bi-fold doors to the garden.

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Using bold colour schemes
Using a strong shade for the main wall colour can make a bold statement in a kitchen, and can provide a great background for simple, neutral fittings, and is relatively easy and inexpensive to change if you fancy something different in the future.
This kitchen in Osbourne Road, Palmers Green uses vibrant yellow walls and lovely patterned tiles to provide a strong, bright background for the pale wood of the work surfaces. The brushed steel cabinets and matching cooker and hood are sleek and contemporary, and the warm yellow offsets them perfectly, avoiding any danger of a cold and clinical feel.

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Injecting splashes of colour
If you want to add some colour to your kitchen in a relatively low-key way, a good option is to incorporate some appliances or decorative touches in your preferred colour. Small appliances like kettles, toasters and food mixers now come in a huge range of different shades, and are a good way to introduce variety and interest to a neutral colour scheme. If you want to be bolder, you might want to add a fridge or another large appliance in your preferred colour. If you have an open-plan kitchen diner/living space, using the same colour for accessories like curtains, cushions or lamp-shades in the living/dining areas as in the kitchen area, can help to pull the whole space together as a unified whole.
This kitchen in Riverside Gardens, Enfield uses predominantly white and grey, to create a bold contemporary feel. To bring warmth and variety,  touches of brilliant scarlet are introduced in the kettle and toaster, and in the lampshade and sofa cushions in the living space.

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This small kitchen in Gordon Road, Enfield uses splashes of bright green which soften the otherwise all-white scheme, adding variety and interest and helping to open up the space, creating a visual link to the garden, and the matching green walls in the next room.

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Using colour in this way means that you can easily and affordably give your room a very different look, by replacing these key accessories with new ones in a different colour.
Whatever type of kitchen you have in mind, why not give A&R Design a call for a free quotation? Please call us on 0208 3676599, and we will be happy to talk through your requirements.