Be bold in the kitchen

Nat­u­ral grains, stone and bolder colour choices will all star in kitchens next year. Gabrielle Fa­gan finds out how to cre­ate a cut­ting-edge theme

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - INTERIORS -

It’s the heart of any home — es­pe­cially now that it’s where many of us con­gre­gate not only to eat but also to catch up and so­cialise — which is why choos­ing the right kitchen style is so im­por­tant. So, what’s on the menu for kitchen trends in 2019? “In­dus­trial style is very much in vogue and still will be next year,” pre­dicts Rachael Burgess, cre­ative di­rec­tor at Con­tour Kitchens, based in Chel­tenham (con­tourk­itchens.

“One of our most pop­u­lar fin­ishes is con­crete, be­cause it of­fers a cool, grey colour pal­ette, along with a tex­tured fin­ish. We’re go­ing to pair this with steel doors in our new col­lec­tion next year.

“The con­trast of light and dark is still a clas­sic com­bi­na­tion in in­te­rior de­sign. A new colour for 2019 is olive grey, a mixed green and grey hue, which com­bines well with North Amer­i­can hard­wood, Robinia.

“Veined work­tops — quartz, com­pos­ite and Co­rian, which is non-por­ous and stain-re­sis­tant, are lead­ing the field in pop­u­lar­ity.

“There’s also a real trend for con­ceal­ment, where a run of fit­ted cup­boards can mask ma­chines and util­ity ar­eas and al­low the area to be an un­clut­tered zone, per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing.”

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“Greys and darker blue shades are still a very pop­u­lar choice when plan­ning the colour scheme for a more mod­ern-look­ing kitchen, and work bril­liantly, es­pe­cially when com­bined with a clean, con­tem­po­rary work sur­face,” says Melissa Klink, head of de­sign at Har­vey Jones (har­veyjones. com).

“That be­ing said, we’ve also seen a rise in home­own­ers who want a bolder fo­cal point in their de­sign.

“Choos­ing to ap­ply a more vi­brant colour to their kitchen, whether a brightly coloured is­land, ac­ces­sories such as stools or ap­pli­ances, or painted cab­ine- try, is a fan­tas­tic way to make a state­ment. In­ter­est­ing tex­tures are a grow­ing trend and this can be achieved with work sur­faces in sand­blasted tim­ber, pol­ished con­crete, or even with an un­pol­ished nat­u­ral stone slab.

“Open-plan is still by far the most pop­u­lar choice in terms of lay­out be­cause peo­ple want to blend or ex­tend the kitchen into the main liv­ing space, so it’s a so­cial area dur­ing ev­ery­day fam­ily use and an en­ter­tain­ing zone when needed.” DECOR TIP: When de­cid­ing on a shade for cab­i­netry, con­sider your space first. Bolder, darker colours work par­tic­u­larly well in large, well-lit ar­eas, while vi­brant shades for ac­ces­sories, such as light­ing and kitchen gad­gets, can be suf­fi­cient to lift a more en­closed space.

Shine a light

“A lighter colour pal­ette works well in most kitchens, be­cause a va­ri­ety of sur­faces and tex­tures re­flect light and brighten it, giv­ing the il­lu­sion of more space,” says Fred Hor­lock at Nep­tune (nep­ “A blend of two, three at most, com­ple­men­tary light shades cre­ates a calm and so­phis­ti­cated space. Our colours, pale green Sage, sub­tle Old Rose and taupe Drift­wood, work well in­di­vid­u­ally or com­bined. “Gen­er­ally, is­lands are an es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent in a kitchen be­cause they act as a so­cia­ble hub and pro­vide a per­fect place for prepa­ra­tion “We can con­fig­ure ours in a va­ri­ety of ways, so they can in­clude a sink, hob, an in­te­grated fridge or chop­ping board cab­i­net, or be used purely for stor­age. “Seat­ing’s al­ways de­sir­able and, where pos­si­ble, we’ll also in­clude a wine rack, so it’s the ideal spot to un­wind and re­lax with friends.” which brings drama and char­ac­ter to a scheme. Ex­posed tim­ber can add warmth to a pale scheme, con­trast well with smooth sur­faces, and is a nat­u­ral bal­ance for painted cab­i­netry.

Max out on ma­te­ri­als

“Maximilism no longer ex­cludes the kitchen when re­dec­o­rat­ing the home, and in­creas­ingly peo­ple are look­ing for a kitchen that has im­pact,” says Nick Bell, sales and de­sign di­rec­tor at Mark Wilkin­son Fur­ni­ture (mwf. com).

“Con­trast­ing ma­te­ri­als and bold shades have a strong pres­ence in con­tem­po­rary kitchen de­sign. A kitchen is­land is the per­fect place to be brave with a colour or fin­ish and to em­bel­lish with lux­ury ma­te­ri­als.

“We’ll see a trend in kitchens grav­i­tat­ing to­wards more nat­u­ral colours, tex­tures and ma­te­ri­als, such as bronze, burnt brass and tim­ber. Next year, colours will be­gin to warm and soften, and con­trast­ing pat­terns and tex­tures will be more preva­lent.”

COLOUR CON­TRAST: kitchen starts from £18,000, Har­vey Jones

CLEAN LINES: kitchen starts from £25,000, Con­tour Kitchens, Chel­tenham

ABOUT TIME : Cloud­nola wood wall Clock (above), £67.20, Viva La­goon (right), retro­din­ing chair, pink, £99.99, Gar­den Fur­ni­ture Cen­tre

DECOR TIP: There’s a grow­ing trend for show­cas­ing the grain of dif­fer­ent woods,

DECOR TIP: Me­tal fin­ishes such as bronze, steel and cop­per are mak­ing their mark on ev­ery­thing, and can soften the look of an edgierin­dus­trial style space.

HEAVY ME­TAL: me­tal bar stool, Rose Gold, £69, Cult Fur­ni­ture; Tom Dixon Cop­per Pen­dant (above), £455; Rume Le’ Xpress stain­less steel ham­mered cop­per fin­ish cof­fee Pot, £34.99, visit Kitchen Craft for stock­ists

IN THE MIX: KitchenAid Ar­ti­san stand mixer in ma­jes­tic yel­low, £499, Cur­rys PC World; Viva pasta maker, £170, Philips

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