Colour Trends for 2021

Dulux Colour of the Year – Brave Ground

Dulux announced that their colour of the year for 2021 is Brave Ground. With this, we expect to see a rise in popularity of warm neutrals. The cabinetry in the kitchen below is painted in Cashmere, which bears a very close resemblance with Dulux’s colour of the year. One of our most popular colours, this buff-grey has undertones of ochre and chestnut, adding a beautiful warmth to a kitchen design.

Navy Blue

Whilst navy blue kitchens have been very popular for a while, we wouldn’t be able to write about colour trends without mentioning this fantastically versatile colour, which some designers choose to label as the ‘new black’.

Navy is a refreshing change from harsh black cabinetry as it has a softer and more approachable feel. The beauty of this shade on your cabinets, means that by combining with a fresh, white colour scheme you can create an airy and spacious kitchen, or by adding darker accents such as brass, timber or exposed brick you can create a dramatic yet modern urban style.

Pastel Blue

Alongside navy, pastel blues are also becoming increasingly popular. The soft, cool tones incorporate just the right amount of subtle colour into your kitchen design. The pale blue gives an elegant and vintage touch to the kitchen, combining perfectly with marble, wood and warm colours, such as Dulux’s colour of the year ‘Brave Ground’.

If you aren’t sure on navy or pastel blue shades, other colours including ultramarine, denim, and azure blue are also fantastic alternatives.

Forest Green

The use of green in a kitchen is a great alternative to using shades of blue and adds a beautiful sense of warmth and cosiness within a room. Green has the ability to bring the outside world in by reflecting the nature just outside of your kitchen windows.

A colour that will never go out of fashion, this forgotten classic looks gorgeous on both the cabinets themselves or as a feature wall if you are updating the colours in your existing kitchen. Several of today’s most trendy kitchens have incorporated green with walnut wood elements and copper or brass-toned metallics to create a unique and luxurious kitchen space.

Sage Green

Green, is a colour that never goes out of fashion, but in 2020 it has become predominant in its sage and other lighter variants. Sage provides a soft and subtle alternative to incorporating a darker forest green shade and works beautifully with lighter timbers such as Ash and Oak. It also works perfectly on painted walls, carpets or other furnishings as part of a wider interior colour scheme.


As a unique alternative to green and blue, teal kitchen cabinets are gaining popularity with homeowners and interior designers, fitting a wide variety of decorative styles and trends. Using teal in your kitchen also leaves you with a generous amount of complementary colour pairings, as it matches well with both bright and neutral colour schemes. Teal is also a good candidate for your kitchens island counter, creating a sophisticated pop of colour while the rest of the kitchen can stay neutral.

You can pair your teal cabinetry or wall colour with luxurious brass or copper accents. The green patina that appears as the copper ages over time, pairs perfectly with this emerald shade.

Black and White

The key to achieving the Monochrome trend is to keep things simple. Focus on the contrast between black and white, or varied shades of greys to create this look in your kitchen. Keep your kitchen looking sleek and tidy with your Monochrome scheme, by incorporating linear design features such as handleless doors and stylish metallic trims.

Add a focal interest point to your monochrome design with an accent colour in one of the latest on-trend shades. Try a warm, earthy tone such as ochre, like in the kitchen below, or one of the shades of blue and green mentioned above.

Combine dark appliances or cabinets with pale features to achieve a classic black-and-white effect. Light finishes and surfaces can also reflect sunlight to add a sense of space to a room.

Earthy Tones

For those feeling a bit more daring and want to experiment with more unusual colours, we are definitely seeing a trend towards rich, earthy shades within a kitchen. Rust-orange, chocolate-brown, ochre-yellow all add a gorgeous warmth to a room and can add a sense of cosiness to your kitchen. Pair ochres and mustard-yellows with brass hardware, and oranges and browns with copper hardware to create an elegant and luxurious design.

If you don’t want to go all out with one of these colours, you can incorporate small accents into a neutral or monochrome wider scheme, adding a bright pop of colour to your kitchen.

Whatever you choose, choose something you love and are instantly drawn to. We have a huge selection of colour and cabinet swatches in the showroom along with design advice and guidance from the team.

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