Choosing the right style for your new kitchen can be a daunting feat. Start by looking at the overall style of your home. Frameless cabinets with glossy doors could be a perfect match for contemporary architecture, while an older-style home might suit a more traditional kitchen with Shaker-style face-frame cabinets, panelled doors and feature handles. Then consider how your chosen finishes will impact the wider room. “A crisp white kitchen can brighten up the space, while a combination of different finishes and textures can introduce some personality,” says Carmel. Black and other dark hues have gained new popularity in recent years. Matt finishes seem to absorb the light, while high-gloss cabinets will bounce light around the room – great if you have limited natural light or a small room.
Moody hues are the order of the day in this sophisticated kitchen. Near-black veneer cabinetry is complemented by the dark tones of the Calacatta marble breakfast bar.