Whites and creams are the go-to shades for kitchens, but if you’re tempted to experiment with colour, you’ll need to make sure you pick the perfect shade. There’s plenty of choice out there so to offer some expert advice, we’ve drawn on the help of Harvey Jones.

With many years’ experience creating bespoke and painted kitchens, they know a thing or two about kitchen design. Here is their advice:

Neutrals you need

Neutrals are a naturally safe choice for those who aren’t ready to experiment with bold and bright shades just yet. Shades of soft greys, warm stone and pale blues are good choices. They’re great on their own but they also work conjunction with a bold hit of colour, neon pink, for an island for instance, or dark graphite grey on a bank of cabinetry.

It’s unsurprising that they’re so popular at the moment. They’re easier to live with and less likely to feel dated than some colours, working well with most work surfaces and flooring. Neutral colours are particularly susceptible to change at different times throughout the day – looking quite different in natural and artificial light. Use this to your advantage by opting for shades that will appear fresh by day and welcoming by night. It’s always a good idea to test colours to see how they feel both in the evening and the morning in various parts of your room.

Believe it or not, the position of your kitchen can also impact the colour you choose. If your kitchen is north facing, avoid colours on the cool spectrum as the light will tend to make it feel cold. Lighter shades work well if there’s little or no natural light and remember to install lots of task and mood lighting.

Introduce colour gradually

Bright colours aren’t for everybody and, if you’re not ready to paint a full wall lime green, you can add colour more subtly. While most of us probably won’t opt for a bold green or bright pink over the whole kitchen, adding accents with the use of selected pieces of furniture, surfaces and accessories can be a great way to be a little more adventurous.

Popular tones like deep blues, dark greys and warm reds are growing in popularity. The secret of using colour well is to use it carefully. While trends help to inspire, it’s best not to follow them too slavishly, although the beauty of a hand-painted kitchen is that you can have it repainted if you tire of the colour in two or three years’ time.

A top tip for including bright colours is to use it below your direct line of sight. Remember, colours will affect the mood of a room, too. In general, warm colours that ‘advance’, reds and yellows for instance – tend to be energising and stimulating, while cooler ‘receding’ shades such as blues and greens will feel calming and soothing.