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Colour Theory and How to Incorporate it Into Bespoke Kitchen Design

Colour theory is the study of how colours interact, their visual effects and their emotional impact. It’s an essential tool in interior design, particularly in bespoke kitchens where every detail is tailored to our client’s tastes and the character of their home.

In this blog, we’re delving into the world of colour theory and explaining how it impacts the choices made when it comes to luxury, bespoke kitchen design.

Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Colours

Firstly, let’s touch on the basics of primary, secondary, and tertiary colours:

Primary Colours: Red, Blue and Yellow: These are the building blocks of all other colours. They cannot be created by mixing other colours.

Secondary Colours: Green, Orange and Purple: These colours are formed by mixing primary colours. For example, mixing blue and yellow gives green.

Tertiary Colours: These are combinations of primary and secondary colours, offering more nuanced hues. These include colours like red-orange and blue-green.

Colour palette of primary, secondary and tertiary colours

Colour Harmony

Creating a harmonious colour scheme involves balancing colours to produce a pleasing aesthetic. Common methods include:

Complementary Colours: these are opposite on the colour wheel, offering high contrast and vibrant looks. For instance, blue and orange together create a striking and energetic effect.

Analogous Colours: These are next to each other on the wheel, creating serene and comfortable designs. Green, blue-green, and blue used together can make a kitchen feel cohesive and soothing.

Triadic Colours: Evenly spaced around the wheel, providing a balanced and lively palette. A combination of red, yellow, and blue can create a dynamic and vibrant kitchen space.

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The Psychological Impact of Colours

Colours significantly influence mood and atmosphere:

Warm Colours (Red, Orange, Yellow): Inviting and stimulating, ideal for creating cosy and vibrant kitchen spaces.

Cool Colours (Blue, Green, Purple): Calming and refreshing, perfect for a serene and clean kitchen environment. Blue can create a sense of tranquility and cleanliness.

A kitchen featuring a Neutral Colour Palette

Neutral Colours (White, Grey, Beige: Versatile and timeless, allowing for flexibility and sophistication. These colours serve as a perfect backdrop for bold accents or can stand alone for a minimalist look.

A kitchen featuring a Neutral Colour Palette

Incorporating Colour into Kitchen Design

Cabinetry: Use bold colours for a statement or soft hues for a subtle elegance. Navy blue cabinets, for example, can add depth and sophistication.

Soft hues on a kitchen cabinet

Walls and Backsplashes: Choose colours that complement the cabinetry and countertops. A brightly coloured backsplash can become a focal point.

A brightly coloured backsplash

Countertops and Islands: Contrasting colours can highlight these central features. A white marble countertop paired with dark cabinetry creates a striking visual impact.

Contrasting colours on countertops and islands

Accents and Accessories: Add pops of colour with appliances, dishware and decor. Vibrant appliances can add personality and charm to the kitchen.

Pops of colour in a kitchen with appliances, dishware and decor

Case Studies from David Lisle

At David Lisle, our bespoke kitchen designs embody the principles of colour theory, tailored to each client’s unique vision:

Lead Grey & Silver Kitchen

A sophisticated palette combining cool neutrals, perfect for a modern and elegant look. The lead grey provides a solid base, while silver accents add a touch of glamour. Discover more about this project here.

Lead Grey & Silver Kitchen by David Lisle Kitchen Design

Hand Painted Bronze Handles Kitchen

Warm and inviting with hand-painted finishes that bring character and charm. The bronze handles add a rustic yet refined touch, enhancing the kitchen’s overall warmth. Discover more about this project here.

Hand Painted Bronze Handles Kitchen by David Lisle Kitchen Design


Incorporating colour theory into bespoke kitchen design not only enhances the visual appeal but also creates spaces that reflect personal style and functional needs.

At David Lisle, we bring expert knowledge and craftsmanship to every project, ensuring your kitchen is as beautiful as it is unique.

Explore our portfolio here and discover how we can transform your kitchen with the perfect colour scheme. If you’re ready to discuss your project, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your vision.