The Theory of Colour. Can it help when choosing a kitchen worktop?

When selecting a quartz, marble or granite worktop it’s often just one element in an over design scheme to consider. Selecting the correct colour combination can be a daunting prospect when you care so much about getting it right, especially as stone worktops are at the premium price end of the kitchen worktop range.

The worktop may simply be for an existing kitchen with set colour scheme. Or it could be a complete redesign which is a blank canvas to create a totally new look. Making a decision on design and layout can be difficult, but there are colour design theories which can be applied to help choose the right kitchen worktop colour.

Designers use a Colour Wheel to illustrate the colour’s of the visible spectrum. It’s a simplified model, however using the colour wheel can take some of the mystery out of selecting a colour scheme for your kitchen or home.

Complementary Theory

When you see a colour wheel, these are colours in opposite positions on it. Opposing colours are said to be complementary colours, because they work well together. Red and green are opposite each other on the wheel, so they are complementary colours. Orange and blue also are at opposite points. In using them, you’ll have an instant complementary colour scheme.

Monochromatic Theory

This is the tone-on-tone, colour scheme. A monochromatic colour scheme takes a single colour, or hue, and runs through several of its tints, tones and shades. Using different shades of the same colour can have a comforting effect on the home. Paint manufacturers set up paint chips as monochromatic colour schemes. An easy way to add interest to a room is to select several colours from the same chip card.

Analogous Theory

When you select a series of colours that sit next to one another on the colour wheel, the resulting colour scheme is said to be analogous. Yellow-orange, orange and red-orange are a simple, analogous colour scheme that makes a statement that exceeds the sum of its parts. Yellow, yellow-green and green make up another analogous color scheme. Analogous color schemes tend to bring with them an instant sense of classical balance.

Selecting granite worktops which have variations in colour within the material, can sometimes makes it harder to match if you are looking for a specific colour. However, engineered quartz worktops are available in literally hundreds of colours, so are perfect for the modern kitchen designs.

It’s important not to get too hung up on the letter of these design rules; it’s better to think of them as guidelines. Good design starts with the basics like the color wheel, then plays around from there. At Cheshire Granite Worktops we always consider your kitchen design scheme when helping you to select the right colour and style for your new worktop.

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your worktop requirements, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01565 300065 or email Donna at

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