Low key scared of colour? Here’s how to use it for a timeless kitchen reno

Low key scared of colour? Here’s how to use it for a timeless kitchen reno


The Coastal Farmhouse is the latest project by Heather and Sarah, the design duo behind Oak and Orange. The heart of the home is the kitchen; modern yet comfortable and relaxed, featuring old-world rustic charm with new clean lines. It was achieved through their signature sage green paired with fresh white and timber accents and low maintenance, high quality appliances.

The project brings together the simplicity of country living with the raw beauty of the coast in one family haven.

Here, the renovation duo share their trademark tips for incorporating colour into your next kitchen renovation.

Go for a traditional shade over an on-trend shade

Although green is currently very on-trend, we opted for a more traditional classic shade of green that would best suit the farmhouse style and timeless appeal. We considered both lighter and darker shades of green but ended up choosing a stunning sage because it’s so soft and calming. In choosing the colour it was important to consider the abundance of natural light in the kitchen as well as how the sage green would suit the flooring colour.

Make sure your fittings and appliances complement your colour scheme

If you’re going with coloured cabinetry, check your colour against your tapware, benchtops, splashback, appliances and flooring before you lock in your selections. The end goal should be a really cohesive look that makes the feature colour shine. Keeping the other materials around it neutral will help achieve this. Something we like to consider very early on in planning when working with coloured cabinetry is the finish of the appliances. Our standout feature in the kitchen would have to be the Westinghouse 609L French Door Refrigerator – the fingerprint-resistant dark stainless steel perfectly contrasts the crisp white and sage green cabinetry surrounding it.

Use colour in moderation

We pride ourselves on designing homes that have character and personality, without compromising on practicality and functionality. We think the key here is not to be scared to use a touch of colour in moderation while making sure all your selections work together for a cohesive look. The key to working with colour is ensuring you add other elements that complement the colour but don’t compete with it.

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