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The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - FRONT PAGE - Dec­o­rat­ing expert and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Deb­bie Travis ap­pears in The Tele­gram’s My Home each week. Email your ques­tions to house­2home@deb­bi­ House to Home with Deb­bie Travis

Once upon a time, only white wine ac­com­pa­nied fish, red wine with meat, and mix­ing gold and sil­ver in jewelry de­sign was taboo. All that has changed. I broke the rules in my re­cent kitchen ren­o­va­tion; see what you think. The hottest metal fin­ish around for home in­te­ri­ors at the mo­ment is cop­per. Cop­per is a warm, happy and wel­com­ing metal, but it should be used as an ac­cent – too much is over­pow­er­ing. There are sev­eral cop­per fin­ishes, in­clud­ing a clean and un­blem­ished fin­ish like the look of rose gold, or more orange coloured with a grey­ish patina. I was very ex­cited about pair­ing cop­per han­dles with the soft tones of my painted cab­i­nets, which are Pav­il­lion Grey by Far­row and Ball. They looked stun­ning ...

But what about the fridge and the sink? And oh yes, also the stove. Most are in stain­less steel. When you start adding up the dif­fer­ent ap­pli­ances and fix­tures in a kitchen that are metal, there are sev­eral. So, do you try to match them? There are cop­per sinks on the mar­ket that are a fea­ture in them­selves. Here I wanted the han­dles and the in­side of the lights to of­fer a glimpse of glamor, and felt a cop­per sink or taps would be too over­whelm­ing.

I con­tacted my friends at Kohler, who pro­duce some of the most prac­ti­cal and at­trac­tive sinks on the mar­ket. I am go­ing to spend an in­or­di­nate amount of time at my sink, so I might as well have one that is easy on the eye, prac­ti­cal, and fits with my kitchen decor. Kohler sug­gested their hand­crafted Vault stain­less sink, en­gi­neered with sound ab­sorp­tion tech­nol­ogy. It fea­tures tightly an­gled cor­ners to max­i­mize basin space, and a low­ered di­vider for free­dom of move­ment be­tween basins.

The chic lines of the un­der­mount sink blend beau­ti­fully with the Ne­olith coun­ter­top. Ne­olith is the new­est and most ex­cit­ing ma­te­rial we have seen in a very long time for coun­ter­tops, floor­ing, and walls. It is a su­per durable sur­face com­posed of all-nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als; avail­able in large slabs that are light weight and bend­able, which make for ver­sa­tile applications and in­stal­la­tions. Ne­olith offers sev­eral fin­ishes and a wide range of colours that orig­i­nate from the pigmentation of the raw ma­te­ri­als that make up each slab.

The BTC Spun Re­flec­tor pen­dant shades are an­thracite grey with a pol­ished cop­per in­te­rior. The stain­less sink bal­ances per­fectly with the cop­per cabi­net han­dles and the cop­per in­te­rior of the hang­ing lights. I also dressed up the kitchen with some cop­per con­tain­ers. You’ll find a se­lec­tion of cop­per-fin­ish ac­ces­sories at good kitchen and home stores. (The stove and fridge are stain­less.)

Yes, to­day all the rules are more re­laxed ñ fish with red wine, go for it; white and yel­low gold in­ter­wo­ven, or a gold neck­lace wo­ven with sil­ver, per­fect; a ju­di­cious mix­ture of met­als in your home, lovely. Life is so much more var­ied and in­ter­est­ing when you mix it up a lit­tle.

Dear Deb­bie;

Our kitchen is bright with win­dows and a sky­light. We are think­ing of chang­ing the paint colour of the white kitchen cab­i­nets. What would you sug­gest?


Dear De­bra;

Your all-white kitchen is a very con­tem­po­rary look, but could be a lit­tle cold. Time to be brave. Switch­ing to a colour for the cab­i­nets would ramp up the mood. Ex­per­i­ment first by paint­ing a few large pieces of Bris­tol board and pin­ning them up over the cab­i­nets to get the ef­fect. Why not try a warm shade of gray or blue? Or even a pale pink.

Luke Brown Pho­tog­ra­phy

Mix­ing cop­per and stain­less make a per­fect match in to­day’s chic kitchen.

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