Colour schemes for small kitchens

6 Stunning Colour Schemes for Small Kitchens

If you have a small kitchen, you’ll want to make sure that the colours you choose compliment each other and give the illusion of a bigger kitchen. Anyone who’s ever decorated their home will know that choosing the perfect paint colours is a time-consuming and frustrating process, as there are so many shades and colour combinations to choose from. However, there are certain colour schemes that always work in specific rooms – especially when it comes to kitchens. From beiges to grays, to greens, blues, reds and yellows, we’ve got six colour schemes that will give your kitchen a slight edge, as well as creating a warm and welcoming space.


If you’re looking for natural and sophisticated colours that will give the illusion of bigger space in your kitchen, then grey and duck egg blue or grey and light green are great colour schemes. As long as you choose the right shade of grey, it will make your kitchen feel warm, and pairs beautifully an array of colours, such as purple, blue and green. Grey is a great colour for worktops and kitchen tiles – especially when they are paired with light blue kitchen cupboard doors and drawers. Silver cupboard door handles will enhance the blue, green and purple shades that go flawlessly with the grey.

High gloss cupboards in charcoal grey with green, purple or blue accents such as kitchen tiles or kitchen accessories will create a really rich and warm atmosphere. Light Grey Matte Kitchen Cupboard doors and draws with the right amount of yellow, blue or green accents offer a balance of a warm and neutral vibes, creating a serene space for cooking and entertaining. What makes grey a perfect choice for your kitchen is that it goes with stainless steel appliances, won’t show up as many marks (every parent understands this frustration) and will always stay in style.


If you’re an optimist who wants to create a warm and welcoming home that will make people feel comfortable and happy, then yellow is the colour for you. This wonderful colour will literally feel like a ray of sunshine in the heart of your home – the kitchen! The right tone of yellow will open the room, giving the illusion of more space, and brighten the mood. Yellow also pairs perfectly with any existing kitchen features, such as oak worktops, painted white cabinetry and brick work.

If you want more of a modern fitted kitchen with an industrial vibe, yellow walls and kitchen tiles will open up the space – especially when they’re paired with dark wood kitchen work tops and stainless steel kitchen appliances. Painted kitchen cupboards in citrus yellow paired with white walls and stone worktops, giving a warm, open and calm space for you and your loved ones to relax in. Due to its light colour, it shows up marks, pet hair and dirt a little more than darker tones, so that’s important to keep that in mind if you’re considering this colour scheme.


Tranquil blues are perfect for anyone who loves the calming seaside or tropical oasis of the sunny beach. Turquoise blues add a fun, exotic depth to your kitchen, where as dark navies offer a more formal and elegant aesthetic. Light blues give a more crisp  and clean look – you just need to find the perfect shade of blue that suits you and your small kitchen!

Blue is a stress-relieving colour that can really open a space when paired with the right colours – the darker the blue you choose, the more sparingly you should use, as it has the potential to over power the kitchen. Light blue backsplash tiles look amazing with white kitchen cabinets and light brown wood work tops. Blues also pair wonderfully with greys and dark stone kitchen worktops, as they bring out the best of the blue, stopping it from feeling too intense and dark. Blues also go flawlessly with stainless steel appliances.


If you want a kitchen that feels fresh, clean and spacious then green is a wonderful choice. There are so many beautiful shades of green that will revolutionise the way your kitchen looks, giving it a facelift and a new lease of life. Green is often associated with new beginnings, nature and youthfulness, and is the perfect choice for those who are energetic and fun.  We tend to associate green with nature, renewal and youthfulness, making it a fantastic colour choice for a kitchen.

Light and natural shades of green are perfect for matte kitchen cupboard doors – pair this with light wood kitchen surfaces and stainless steel appliances and your kitchen will have a modern vibe with the illusion of space. If you want to use green as more of an accent colour, then a lime green feature wall with white cabinets and appliances will add a citrusy zing to your kitchen.


If you want a serene and relaxing kitchen, then you should consider beige as your colour scheme. Throw away all the negative connotations ‘beige’ might have, as this word honestly doesn’t do it justice. Beige can completely transform the way a kitchen looks as it opens up the space and gives an airy and calming atmosphere. Whether you want high gloss beige kitchen fittings or matte beige, you will not be disappointed.

If you’re a fan of darker shades and want to implement them into a smaller kitchen but you’re unsure how, then use them as an accent colour paired with beige. Whether you want a deep plum, wine red or deep pinks, this will make an ideal accent to a creamy and natural shade of beige.


White is a timeless colour that goes with an array of other colours, and won’t ever go out of fashion. If you’ve got a small kitchen, then a glossy white or matte white colour scheme is ideal as it reflects light and makes the space look much bigger than it is. White is also an elegant space and makes the walls recede visually.

Whether you want an off-white, cream with or champagne white go with a plethora of feature colours. From purples to blues and even blacks, white will work with everything. However, it is important to remember that white will show off a range of marks, pet hair and stains. If you’ve got a busy household then you should consider white as an accent colour.