If there’s one place good taste belongs, it’s in the kitchen. But we’re not just talking about the food you eat. Good taste is all about how you co-ordinate colour. From your cabinets, to your appliances, flooring, countertops, walls, taps and splashboards; choosing the right colour for your kitchen, sets the tone and the vibe for the rest of your house. If you’re scratching your head, wondering ‘how do I do that?’ Fear not, we’ve got you covered.
When it comes to colour, your cabinets are the pièce de résistance of your kitchen. They take up about 40% of the visual space, so you’ll want them to look chic, not meek. Our suggestion – choose something that’s true to you. What’s the feel of your house? Is it Victorian? Modern? Minimalist? Let that be a guide.
Darker colours make the space look smaller while lighter colours enlarge it. It’s important to consider your cabinetry will cover most of the kitchen’s wall space too, so it will influence the rest of the room more than the wall paint.
Djokovic, Nadal and Federer might be the big three in tennis, but when it comes to appliances, the big three considerations are your fridge, dishwasher and sink. You’ll want to ensure these components sync seamlessly with your cabinet colour scheme.
Silver and black appliances are a timless option. Their neutral hue tends to be conducive to most walls, floors and countertops. Omega offer stainless-steel dishwashers– a sleek addition to any style of kitchen. Or, if you want to make a bolder statement, coloured small appliances can be a noticeable way to give your kitchen a jolt of personality.
Countertop materials, colours and contrasts
As the place where food is prepared, countertops are the part of the kitchen your eyes spend the most time staring at. So, you’ll want to make sure they’re not an eye sore. It’s also essential your countertop is durable enough to withstand all the stains, splashes and heat it’s bound to endure. Materials range from natural stone, like marble, granite and limestone, to butcher block countertops, which are warm and homely, but require more maintenance.
Think about how to contrast your countertops with your cabinets and flooring, in a complementary way. Wooden flooring for example, can often juxtapose both lighter and darker countertops, quite nicely.
Matching your flooring
There’s no greater compliment to a good-looking kitchen than a flawless floor design. Popular surfaces include: Timber, which, like a trusty pair of denim jeans, never goes out of style. It’s natural, warm and inviting, just like a kitchen should be. Tiles on the other hand are a great way to achieve a chic, modern look and are generally cheaper than hardwood flooring.
A simple way to ensure your flooring feels natural is to match or contrast it with the surrounding rooms in the rest of your house.
Walls play an important role in tying your kitchen together in a subtle but complementary way. The great thing about walls though, is they can be painted over. Phew! That’s why we encourage you to experiment. Grey or grey-blue works wonderfully for beach-style looks, while off-whites pair famously with darker cabinetry and flooring. A simple rule to remember is, choose a colour that works well with your floors, cabinets and backsplash.
Make a splash
Splashbacks might take up a smaller space in your kitchen, but they can make a big difference to the overall aesthetic of the room. Their beauty lies in their understated ability to unify prominent features of your kitchen, like the sink or oven tops. Old-fashioned tile is still the most popular material for splashbacks but glass and marble are quickly becoming more sought after, and for good reason.
Consider handles and taps
It’s the finer details that make the difference between an ordinary and an extra-ordinary looking kitchen. If you seek the latter, then don’t overlook the intricacies of handles and taps. They serve as a subtle but effective style-enhancer that won’t go unnoticed.
And there you have it. Now you’re cooking with gas!