Turn your kitchen into a relaxing space by working with large areas of deep, nature-inspired hues. Organic materials like timber and bronze lend their natural beauty and a tactile appeal, and work beautifully with clean-lined cabinets
THE TREND Green is a huge trend for 2017 and we love the all-over approach where this shade of dark olive is applied to both cabinetry and walls. WHY IT WORKS The key to working with large areas of a dark colour is to balance it with highlights. The white benchtop freshens the green while staying within the natural palette. The brass splashback also brightens the look by bouncing light around the space. TRY IT IF You appreciate the simplicity of clean design but are into interiors that also embrace colour and warmth. SPLURGE ON Matching your splashback to your tapware – working with items in the same finish keeps the look cohesive, and who doesn’t love a good dose of brass? SAVE ON Your benchtop. Many engineered surfaces now offer the look of white marble at a more affordable price.
Functional can also be fabulous! To make this look work, you need to decorate your kitchen as you would a living area, using artwork, colour and metallic touches
THE TREND This scheme is about bringing the new direction in maximal decorating into the kitchen and turning up the luxe factor by creating dramatic contrasts; matching sleek new fittings with aged textures and placing basic black cabinetry against splashes of blushing pink. WHY IT
WORKS Because it’s built on a palette that you can adapt to your taste. Basically, you begin with monochrome cabinetry and benchtops, layering them with an accent colour like this pink splashback and accessories. Finish with a complementary metallic hue for details. TRY IT IF You love blending old and new architectural/interior styles or if you want to experiment with colour. SPLURGE ON A splashback in gorgeous pink marble hexagonal tiles to add drama to the look. SAVE ON Go for budget-friendly cabinetry like the Kaboodle kitchen we’ve used here.
MEET THE DESIGNERS We’re head over heels for the “Ladbroke” kitchen by interior designer Louisa
Grey for British kitchen makers, Naked Kitchens (@nakedkitchens). Well-known for their exquisite craftsmanship, Naked Kitchens operates from their manufacturing facility in Norfolk, England. Co-founder and creative director Jayne Everett explains that “when clients visit they physically engage with our kitchens and can’t stop touching them – that’s the key to a successful kitchen.” Nakedkitchens.com
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Perrin & Rowe Muuto “Grain” pendant lamp in Dusty Green (21cm diameter), $210, Living Edge. FAB 32 326L fridge, $5490, Smeg. Oliveri “Spectra” sink in Gold (54cm x 44cm), $1141, The Good Guys. “Oberon” sink mixer in Polished Brass, $1164, The English Tapware Company. Tapas glass in Grey, $12.95, Country Road. Eaton cake stand, $69.95, Country Road. Majestic Series M190MP 90cm freestanding cooker, $11,999, Ilve. Sandsmade “No.5” cheese board, $85, Spence & Lyda. Kip&Co salad servers in Emerald Green, $79, Wilde Interiors. Arq kitchen mixer in Brushed Gold, $785, Rogerseller. Muuto “Nerd” counter stool in Green, $775, Living Edge. Marimekko “Saapaivakirja” plate in Green (20cm diameter), $45, Funkis.
Colours and finishes
FROM LEFT 180fx Carrara Marble benchtop in Diamond Gloss Matt, from
$104.17 a sq m. Colourtech Gloss cabinet door in Peat (60.1–75cm x 44.1–55cm), $86.90 each, Laminex. Lysekil wall panel in Brass, $75, Ikea.
TOP LEFT Large Perf pendant light, $595, Ben-Tovim Design. TOP Smeg “Victoria” 90cm freestanding cooker in Black (90cm x 60cm x 91cm), $5490, Berloni Appliances. ON STOVE FROM LEFT Stelton “Theo” teapot in Black, $210, and “Collar” espresso maker, $199.90, Top3 By Design. Stelton “Theo” coffeepot in Black, $106, RoyalDesign. ON WALL Obedient #13 framed artwork (1.21m x 93cm), $2200, Curatorial+Co. ABOVE FROM LEFT Muuto “Balance” 3-vase and tray set, $238, Top3 By Design. Speckle serving dish in Pink, $54, Zakkia. Hisense “HR6WC36D” 36 bottle wine storage cabinet, $588, Appliances Online. Normann Copenhagen “Krenit” salad set in Black, $28, Amara. Tjänlig oven in Dark Grey, $599, Ikea. Medium Beetle bowl in Black/Snow Swirl, $200, Dinosaur Designs. Hällviken sink in Black Quartz Composite, $339, Ikea. Large Rona serving board in Black, $39.95, CO:Home. Mondella “Vivace” sink mixer in Black, $229, Bunnings. Cilla tea towel in Blush, $16.95 for 2, CO:Home. OPPOSITE For product details, see page 175.
Colours and finishes
FROM LEFT Laminate benchtop in Mayonella, $242 a lineal metre, Kaboodle Kitchen. Quick-Step Classic flooring in Bleached White Teak, from $34 a sq m, Choices Flooring. 600mm modern door in Luminess Metallic, $107, Kaboodle Kitchen. For stockists, see page 175.