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There are some trends that seem to suit all styles of kitchen and the mix-and-match look is one of the latest themes to dominate designers’ portfolios. There are many ways to create contrast, whether it’s in the form of furniture, flooring, tiles, splashbacks, worktops, wall colours or even appliances.
Graeme Smith, senior designer at Second Nature and BioGraphy Kitchens, advises that it’s important to consider the size and shape of your kitchen to work out the optimum number of finishes and colours that will work. “If the space is small, it might be that the contrast is subtle but still effective,” he explains. “It could be a case of having a white kitchen with accent colour open shelves or where a compact kitchen leads to an open-plan area, it may be that a media unit, office area or freestanding piece is a key element and using a different colour or style of furniture is a great way to differentiate the zones.”
It’s often a good idea to start from one strong feature and curate from that. Let the detail dictate the whole and have fun with it.
Go for contrast with colour and texture. In this design by Blakes London, a mix of bespoke cabinetry painted in Railings by Farrow & Ball is teamed with Carrara marble countertops and wrap-around splashback, cross-sawn finish woodwork and reclaimed flooring. Kitchens start from £35,000.
Aparici has introduced the Moving range of tiles – 36 colourful and 42 monochrome prints – for mixing and matching. These designs measure 20x20cm and cost £30 per sq m; Branch Maple Natural anti-slip porcelain tiles with wood effect measure 15.7x59.2cm and cost £60 per sq m.
One way of introducing a mix-and-match look effectively is to choose completely contrasting colours for the base and wall units in a hand-painted kitchen. This bespoke Original design is by Smallbone of Devizes and costs from £45,000. Added details such as glass panels and mirrored handles bring an elegant finishing touch to the scheme.
Shades of grey
The beautiful Chatsworth kitchen from Masterclass comes in a silk finish and is available in a choice of five colours: white, coastal mist, light grey, dust grey and graphite, as shown. Combine with a timber floor, tiled splashback and stone worktops for timeless elegance. Kitchen prices start from £7,500.
Islands can be used to create contrast while adding a central focus to the room. This SieMatic kitchen features tall units in Lotus White matt lacquer while the island has a fabricated 30mm stainless steel worktop and side panels with wooden breakfast bar. Prices start at £25,000.
For urban spaces and strong looking environments, create a contrasting coloured kitchen that suits a busy lifestyle, whether you are working, grabbing a quick bite or socialising with friends. BioGraphy kitchen in matt graphite with oak and black linen granite worktops, from £10,000.
Credit: Hayley Gilbert (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 245, September 2016. Prices mentioned are at the time of publication
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