Let your design imagination run free when it comes to mixing colours, materials and finishes
written on: 26-09-2017 18:40pm
1. Consider your choice of worktop materials carefully. Stone or timber works well as a contrast against a high gloss cabinet, while stainless steel appliances and ceramic tiles for walls and floors can really mix things up. Open grained finishes are currently popular as is a blue and grey palette. Multiple shades of one colour are also a great way of creating subtle contrast.
Here the outdoors are brought in with cupboards and panelling painted in a lush green shade and teamed with white woodwork and natural timber grain.
2. Think about a colour scheme and materials that have longevity – you don’t have to play it safe as such but strong tones such as darker greys and heritage blues do have a timeless aesthetic. If there’s a certain finish or tone that you really love but aren’t sure about, use it sparingly as an accent colour dotted about the room or simply as a feature area within the space.
This kitchen gets a touch of glamour with a brass island unit. The natural patina looks better with age and will really stand out against the reclaimed timber floor-to-ceiling cabinets and marble top.
3. Old and new can look really effective. Try traditional Shaker-style cabinets with a modern white matt lacquered island or concrete work surfaces with a colourful glass splashback. Look for recycled elements such as reclaimed timber flooring or shelves and old factory lamps. Industrial style taps, sockets and switches can also look fantastic in a really modern scheme with sleek steel appliances and sink.
The Remo range by Second Nature is in a choice of 20 colours, creating many options for mixing and matching. This project is set in a barn conversion so has the benefit of exposed stonework to create a strong juxtaposition to the modern matt porcelain and graphite painted cabinetry.
4. Be careful not to overdo it, especially in smaller kitchens. Stick to two or three combinations at the most and where the kitchen leads onto an open-plan space, pay attention to the fixtures, fittings and furnishings beyond the cooking area to continue the theme.
Credit: Hayley Gilbert (Words) Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 245