For anyone thinking about giving their kitchen a makeover, the hardest part of the project is deciding on a colour for the walls.
After all, this will have a dramatic affect on the appearance of the room and you'll need to make sure that everything else in the kitchen - from the appliances to your cafetiere cosy - matches the new colour scheme.
Whether you're going to slap on a fresh coat of paint, or opt for something a bit more decorative with some wallpaper, here are a few pointers to consider when selecting the shades to include in your cooking area.
A traditional hue for the kitchen, yellow is a bright and comforting colour that will create a sunny atmosphere, even when the weather outside is grey.
Be sure to choose carefully when selecting the shade, though. Yellows can range from bright and harsh to soft and mild, and the right one will depend on your preferences.
Neutral, earthy tones like a rich chocolatey brown can be a good choice for a warm and comforting kitchen. Plus you can mix in another brighter shade for pops of colour that can make a big impact in the room - say a pastel blue or bright orange.
It's believed that red is a colour that stimulates the appetite, so it's a great shade to include in a kitchen. It's also a high-energy colour, so may help keep you motivated as you're trying to wash the last of the dishes or get everything tidied up after a meal.
If you have stainless steel appliances, grey can create an ultra-modern decor with a minimalist look. Consider using different shades of grey and black, as well as various patterns to add some texture and depth in the room.
For a bright and clean appearance in your kitchen, opt for white walls. You can then use accessories like tea towels and flowers to add seasonal colours to the decor.