Amidst a tranquil sea of mostly neutral interiors, coloured kitchens tend to make a splash in KBDi’s Designer Awards program. In this feature, we share some of the 2018 entries which caught our attention with their highlight hues.

Melbourne designer, Jenefer Macleod CKD Au, CBD Au (Eat Bathe Live) had clients who loved the idea of adding some colour to their new kitchen, and were drawn to shades at the darker end of the spectrum. Jenefer picked a striking and robust navy (Dulux Blue Rhapsody) for this Award-winning kitchen, combining the colour beautifully with natural timber tones and hints of gold.

The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man toward the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and finally, for the supernatural. The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until it turns into stillness and becomes white.

Wassily Kandinsky.

Adelaide designer, Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au (SpaceCraft Joinery) is well-known for his clever use of colour. In this 70s era home, Nathan’s clients wanted ‘a neutral palette with a pop of bright colour’. With a family member having acute colour sensitivities, Nathan trialled and tested a range of hues before settling on this ray of sunshine (2pac colour to match Laminex Sensation).

Experience teaches us that yellow makes a thoroughly warm and comforting impression.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Melbourne designer Ashlee Stark (The Inside Project) brought the outside in in this striking kitchen entry. The reinvented space was opened up to a much-loved outdoor pool area with the installation of a bank of bi-fold doors, while the bold cobalt blue (Haymes Hypnotic Satin) links the interior to the pools featured mosaic tiles.

Cobalt glass (smalt) has been a historically important pigment used in glass-making, painting and ceramics. The earliest known example of cobalt aluminate glass dates back to a lump from about 2000BC in Ancient Mesopotamia.

Extract from the book, ‘Colour’, by Marion Deuchars

Melbourne-based designer, Olivia Cirocco (GIA Renovations) combined super-sweet Dulux Baby Cake with timber accents, white gloss subway tiling and contemporary white finishes to create a calming yet beautifully bright space.

A mint green person is modest, composed, kind-hearted and demonstrates insight.

Extract from ‘The Complete Colour Reference Manual’, John E. Minor

Sydney Designer, Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa) introduced a lovely Lilac Hint (pink) to this Award-winning kitchen, cleverly lifting the energy of the space and creating a sweet and subtle focal point.

Pink is the peacemaker, calming even the most aggressive among us with its gentleness; from tough men to tiny babies, no one could deny the physical benefits of immersing yourself in pink.

Extract from ‘Sense of Style Colour’, Shannon Fricke

Have you had the privilege of playing with colour in a recent project? We’re keen to put together a collection of colourful kitchens and bathrooms, so send your project details and pics to today.