Bold kitchen inspiration

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Natural grains, stone and bolder colour choices will all star in kitchens next year. Gabrielle Fagan finds out how to create a cutting-edge theme.

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Make it bold, open and interesting

“Greys and darker blue shades are still a very popular choice when planning the colour scheme for a more modern-looking kitchen and work brilliantly, especially when combined with a clean, contemporary work surface,” says Melissa Klink, head of design at Harvey Jones.

“That being said, we’ve also seen a rise in homeowners who want a bolder focal point in their design. Choosing to apply a more vibrant colour to their kitchen, whether a brightly coloured island, accessories such as stools or appliances, or painted cabinetry, is a fantastic way to make a statement.”

DECOR TIP: Bolder, darker colours work particularly well in large, well-lit areas, while vibrant shades for accessories, such as lighting and kitchen gadgets, can be sufficient to lift a more enclosed space.

Max out on materials

“Maximilism no longer excludes the kitchen when redecorating the home, and increasingly people are looking for a kitchen that has impact,” says Nick Bell, sales and design director at Mark Wilkinson Furniture.

“We’ll see a trend in kitchens gravitating towards more natural colours, textures and materials, such as bronze, burnt brass and timber.

DECOR TIP: Shimmer and sheen are all that’s needed for a luxe look. Metal finishes, such as bronze, steel and copper, are making their mark on everything from furniture and tiles to accessories, and can also soften the look of an edgier industrial style space.

Shine a light

“A lighter colour palette works well in most kitchens, because a variety of surfaces and textures reflect light and brighten it, giving the illusion of more space,” says Fred Horlock, design manager at Neptune.

“A blend of two, three at most, complementary light shades create a calm and sophisticated space. Our colours, pale green Sage, subtle Old Rose and taupe Driftwood, work well individually or combined.”

DECOR TIP: While whitewashed woods are in tune with the enduringly fashionable Scandi style, there’s a growing trend for showcasing the grain of different woods, which brings drama and character to a scheme. Exposed timber can add warmth to a pale scheme, contrast well with smooth surfaces, and is a natural balance for painted cabinetry.


Picture Credit: Bespoke Portobello kitchen, with Carrara marble waterfall island with copper mirrored splash back and warm oak chevron floor. Deep green hand-painted cabinetry with satin antique lacquered Portobello  handles and antique brass tap, from £50,000, Mark Wilkinson Furniture.   Mark Wilkinson Furniture/PA Photo/Handout


Source: s1homes Fife magazine October edition

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