Which painted kitchen colours have been trending this year and where do we see painted kitchen colours headed in 2022? Get the lowdown from our team of experts right here.

What’s hot? Our kitchens in summer – especially when they are painted with the hottest kitchen colours of the year! 2021 played host to a trend of painted kitchen colours and interiors that exuded a comfortable, homely feel, which helped to redefine a relationship with our homes themselves. We embraced our space as a place to work, a place to rest and a place to play. Muted hues, that were borrowed directly from nature, and essential neutrals have all been part of the vibe. Now, we look on – what will next year have in store?

Below we showcase the best of the year and some predicted trends that will influence colour palettes for 2022.

Let’s start with the hottest painted kitchen colours of 2021 that really took hold across kitchens this year.

#1 Two-Toned Painted Kitchen Colours

A single painted kitchen colour has been bumped aside for a shift towards pairs of colours instead. Popular in kitchens of 2021, we enjoyed an increase of two-toned painted kitchen colouring that showed off a base colour (typically white) with a contrasting, darker colour, such as black or deep navy blue.

To achieve uniformity, typically the darker painted kitchen colour is used on cabinets at the bottom or on the island, whilst white is used on upper cabinets to maintain a more open and airy appeal. As an alternative to two different hues of paint, some kitchen designers opted for a timber and white combination. This creates a more muted visual yet still embraced the two-tone trend.

#2 Glorious Green and Beautiful Blue

Shades of nature were put on show this year, and none more than glorious shades of green. From gentle sage to olive, and mossy-coloured hues, green is a colour that welcomes the outside in to breathe a calming sigh of relief to kitchen spaces. Green painted kitchen colours encourage a connection to nature with popular contrasting colours of turmeric and citrus.

Blue was also a popular colour choice derived directly from nature, bringing in bold choices of navy as well as some gentler arrangements featuring powder blue as an accent colour. The darker options ooze a sense of elegance, especially when paired with brushed gold/brass knobs. Whilst the lighter shades of blue work perfect in country or Hamptons style kitchens. Kitchen cabinet doors that look especially great painted blue include shaker-style, heritage-style, and country-style.

#3 Dark and Moody Tones

Pale-toned timber might have been more the rage last year, but 2021 saw moodier, darker tones of timber and paint come to play. Timber choices such as walnut were used with stunning, deep, dark painted kitchen colours. This arrangement was particularly popular for modern industrial-looking kitchens.

According to one of the design experts at popular, local kitchen company, Harrington Kitchens, to pull the industrial look off perfectly, just mix colours such as charcoal and black, with dark wood grain, brass highlights, and grey-based stone benchtops. And we think he was onto a winner with the combination this year.

#4 Back to Neutrals

This year, you still couldn’t go wrong sticking with painted kitchen colour basics – and by basics, we mean neutrals. A neutral palette allows ample flexibility and will likely always be a kitchen colour staple. Popular neutrals this year have been white (especially Dulux Lexicon Quarter), taupe, sand, nude, camel, as well as deeper greys. Combinations of one or two neutral colours and different shades used throughout the space create a lovely feeling of warmth.

Neutrals were reflected through the use of materials as well as in painted kitchen colours. Neutral-coloured stone benchtops, paired with brushed brass tapware and hardware, and functional, natural timber open shelving. We loved this combination and we think it is an arrangement that will be sticking around for some time too.

So, where will painted kitchen colours take us in 2022?

Our kitchen painting experts at Highlands Hand Painting predict an increase in requests for deep and vibrant tones, whilst also continuing to embrace those of nature. The warm and soft shades of green and blue make our homes the haven it really should be, and we love to think they will be highly supported next year too.

Pantone have selected their colour of 2022 – Very Peri. This is a vibrant, periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet red undertone. It blends the faithfulness of blue and the energy of red together. Pantone say that Very Peri is an inquisitive and intriguing colour that displays a carefree confidence.

And according to renowned paint company, Dulux, we are set to ‘flourish’, ‘restore’ and ‘wonder’ with palettes offering a combination of; rich, sensual hues, warm neutrals and pops of gold; a backdrop of gentle earth-based neutrals with rugged naturals; and a palette that features playful, summery colours from the 1980’s.

Bring on painted kitchen colours of 2022 – we are excited about the play on colour while keeping it within a natural scope.

For professional advice when it comes to deciding which painted kitchen colour will work best in your kitchen, just get in touch with our expert team at Highlands Hand Painting. Phone us on 1300 662 112, submit an online enquiry, or visit our showroom at 12 Graham Hill Road Narellan NSW. And for more inside tips for kitchen cabinetry, including design and helpful maintenance hacks, check out our online articles.