Opposite Day: How to mix and match colour and texture in the Kitchen

Kitchens have been considered one of the key focal points of the home for some time now, so it is perhaps inevitable that we are seeing an increasing trend for people being a touch bolder in their choice and looking for simple ways to create a truly unique look.

The thought of ‘opposites’ can often conjure up images of monochrome. Yet there are many more subtle ways to embrace this trend and still give a striking, bespoke style. If done correctly, working with a contrasting scheme can allow you to break up colour and add a real touch of uniqueness to your kitchen design.

Matthew Aitken, design expert at Benchmarx Kitchens, has some tips and tricks on how you can use colour and texture combinations in your kitchen design to great effect…

Mixing Textures:

True Handleless Richmond Oak and Eton Matt Carbon kitchen combination from Benchmarx Kitchens

There is something very appealing about a mix of opposite textures. Solid and wood-effect finishes are very of-the-moment and can look fantastic with a contrasting worktop or coloured splashback. However, bringing in further distinction between cabinet finishes has the ability to add drama and change the feel of the design completely. 

Using darker, matt doors alongside grained wood kitchen cabinetry, for instance, can move the overall look from natural, to modern industrial. Try using the contrast on an island unit or teaming darker base units with lighter wooden wall units and shelving to make a statement without being overpowering.

By pitching the two against each other it serves to highlight the different textures, appealing to both the eye and the sense of touch.

Softer Shades: 


True Handleless Eton Matt Carbon and Eton Matt Dove Grey kitchen combination from Benchmark Kitchens


Dark kitchen finishes have become widely accepted in the kitchen style psyche, but a complete run of cabinets in a deeper hue may not be for everyone.

Again, muted opposites can work extremely well to help add light and shade to a space. Teaming a darker shade of grey with a softer dove grey hue can help lift a scheme and bring an accent to key parts of the room. The contrasting colour does not have to necessarily be a vast expanse either. A simple, short run of wall cupboards between the darker shades can be enough to make it a feature in its own right.

Using the right finishes:

For a seamless, pulled-together look, it is important to choose coordinating facias that work together to avoid making your kitchen seem mis-matched rather than intentional. So, opt for all flat slab doors but in an opposite texture or colour, or shaker style doors across a variety of shades, and so on.

Avoid mixing shaker doors with flat slab options or handle-less with handled styles, as they can easily jar rather than blend. Staying with a similar finish is equally important. Matt sits better alongside matching matt finish rather than trying to bring gloss into the mix.

This was very much the thinking behind Benchmarx Kitchen’s new True Handleless collection. The nine finishes in the range have been designed to be used alone or to give flexibility for those wanting to create a contrasting look in their own home. The range includes acrylic, matt and gloss options plus a textured Richmond Oak, to give a wide range of options from an understated colour variation to an addition of texture.


Benchmarx Kitchens | benchmarxkitchens.co.uk

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