When contemplating a new colour scheme for wood kitchens, there are many things you may take into consideration. For instance, you might like to think about which worktops are most in keeping with your home decoration, or how best to incorporate solid wood floating shelves to maximise your storage space. Being the wonderful and hard-wearing matter that it is, every unique species of timber has its own distinctive grain pattern and colouring; so, when picking perfect paint palettes and solid wooden worktops for kitchens, it is important to consider your colour scheme carefully. With this in mind – and to cut out some of the legwork for you – we have devised this helpful guide to choosing the best colour palettes to complement our fantastic selection of wooden worktops.
Oak worktops are full of character, with plenty of rustic charm and a warm hue that will mature over time. Oak is a highly versatile timber – both in function and form – meaning that complementary colour choices are almost endless. For a colour that makes a statement, this timber is well-matched with Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue, a dark, dramatic, yet curiously traditional blue. For a more neutral hue, laid-back Lichen is a quiet and subtle shade that exudes the botanic beauty of wooden kitchens whilst providing an easy-going environment to cook in.
Magnificent walnut worktops marry together a beautiful blend of dark heartwood and paler sapwood; however, with a medley this distinctive, colour matching may initially seem tricky. Due to the colour variation, we recommend teaming walnut with neutral tones, such as green and cream. Here we have identified Calke Green, by Farrow & Ball, as a paint with pigments that are strong enough not to look washed out alongside these striking worktops, and a shade that sits beautifully alongside the hues of each walnut stave. For a look that is perfect for country kitchens, we suggest the inviting hues of Farrow’s Cream. Named after a founding member of the paint manufacturer, Farrow’s Cream is known for its welcoming appearance, which is ideal in the setting of a relaxed family home.
Iroko worktops are easily distinguished by their rich red hues and handsome golden sheen. As red and green are highlighted as complementary contrasting colours on the colour wheel, we have selected Farrow & Ball’s Ball Green as the best shade for creating a sense of balance within solid wood kitchens. Named after the latter half of the paint pioneering duo, Ball Green has an established, sophisticated look that feels reassuringly familiar, with the enchanting quality of appearing almost silver in candlelight – the perfect complement to iroko’s light-reflecting lustre. For a clean-cut finish, you may like to combine this striking timber with fresh and sparkling Wimbourne White, a paint which includes warm pigments that contribute to its versatile nature, and which has the site of the very first Farrow & Ball factory as its namesake.
Beech worktops have an unmistakable pinkish tint that generates a cosy and welcoming atmosphere in wooden kitchens. To embrace the distinguished hues of beech, we advise pairing it with a strong shade such as the popular Radicchio, which matches the timber in both warmth and modernity. For a refreshing contrast, you might favour Cook’s Blue instead. A wonderful choice for kitchens – as the name would suggest – Cook’s Blue and beech worktops make for a cheerful pairing.
Dark and sophisticated black American walnut worktops make an eye-catching addition to any kitchen. Teamed with a sunny shade like Yellow Ground, the timber’s warm tones are foregrounded. Alternatively, Farrow & Ball’s Breakfast Room Green is also an excellent choice to team with black American walnut tops. Breakfast Room Green is an upbeat shade in any light, and is ideal for giving a lift to the dark tones of this elegant timber.
Attractive ash worktops comprise staves with a grain pattern of both linear and curly formations; distinctive natural features that tend to work best with a neutral palette (thus allowing the characteristics of the timber to shine). If you’re looking for a paler paint to pair with this light timber, we recommend White Tie from Farrow & Ball: a perfect finishing touch for kitchens with quiet sophistication. Alternatively, London Stone is a timeless colour that contains magenta undertones: its unique vibrance is sure to bring an extra touch of warmth to ash worktops.
Dark and opulent wenge worktops imbue any space with a dash of drama. Sure to be a talking point in any home, it’s best to combine this timber species with colour schemes of the more understated variety. For instance, Farrow & Ball’s Mizzle is a modest and delightful addition to walls and wooden cabinetry, making it one of their best-selling shades. To provide a cleaner canvas and leave wenge in the limelight, a delicate shade such as Satin Slipper will provide a comforting pale stone backdrop that is both immensely versatile and full of personality.
Wonderfully warm caramel bamboo worktops incorporate a gorgeous caramel surface with all the defining characteristics of standard bamboo (such as being naturally watertight, resistant to rotting, and extremely environmentally friendly). Having undergone a caramelisation process to achieve its honey hues, caramel bamboo looks excellent alongside Farrow & Ball’s chalky Clunch. With mingling grey and yellow tones identified in this paint, off-white Clunch is highly versatile and enhances the colour of these worktops. Alternatively, a colour such as Dix Blue provides a gentle contrast with caramel bamboo and is the ideal complementary colour.
The pale colour and simple grain pattern of standard bamboo worktops allow them to sit comfortably alongside very strong colours. For example, Farrow & Ball’s Drawing Room Blue has a traditional feel that is reminiscent of cobalt pigments (an effect that has been popular with interior decorators since the 1800s). The paint provides a beautiful contrast to pale bamboo worktops and is recommended for statement walls and kitchen islands. Similarly, Incarnadine is a rich crimson red that gives bamboo a sumptuous splash of glamour and is a fabulous accent colour for woodwork.
Our lavish black oak worktops combine the distinctive charm and durability of oak with the splendour of dark, exotic timbers such as wenge. For kitchen worktops with dramatic colouring and characterful grain patterns, we advise sticking to a simple, neutral palette of white – in all its many guises. Farrow & Ball’s New White offers a fresh take on traditional shades like Lime White, and embodies gentle, cream tones. For a slightly warmer shade, you may prefer Joa’s White, a cosy neutral with underlying black pigments that make it the ideal companion for dark timbers.
Zany zebrano worktops are among the most eye-catching in our fantastic collection of surfaces. Partnering rich honey hues and supremely dark ‘zebra stripes’, this incredible timber warrants a colour scheme that rivals it in both personality and modernity. Green Smoke manages to combine boldness with a sense of serenity that is ideal for offsetting the drama of zebrano. Alternatively, the deep hues of Eating Room Red are clearly an apt choice for kitchens, and complement the golden staves of zebrano worktops perfectly.
The warm shades and detailed grain structure of cherry worktops are utterly inimitable. For a more traditional colour scheme, we suggest pairing these beautiful worktops with Farrow & Ball’s fresh Pointing, inspired by the colour of lime pointing and ideal for walls, ceilings and wooden kitchen features. Fortuitously, the pinkish hues of our high quality cherry worktops are strong enough to allow pairing with much stronger colours too, such as deep aubergine Brinjal, a magnificent paint choice that looks particularly fantastic in a full gloss finish.
Farrow & Ball’s Rectory Red and Lulworth Blue both look absolutely stunning with beautiful maple worktops. A pale honey-coloured timber, maple will darken slightly over time, particularly if protective Danish oil is applied on a regular basis to preserve the wood. Rectory Red contains blackened vermillion pigment, turning it into a rich red wine colour that looks incredibly sophisticated against the pale grain. For a modern country kitchen aesthetic, Lulworth Blue painted cabinetry and immaculate maple worktops make an undeniably pretty pairing.
To discover the top quality of our solid wooden worktops for kitchens from the comfort of your home, why not take advantage of our wood worktop sample service? Delivery is free-of-charge, and the cost of just £5 per sample can be redeemed against your order when you decide to purchase your worktops from us. Please do get in touch if you have any queries: give us a call on 0345 22 22 644 or email us at , and our friendly team will be happy to help.