In­te­rior De­sign

Dark colours and rich ma­te­ri­als are cre­at­ing moody new looks in kitchens, says Amelia Thorpe

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The kitchen is the heart of the house, but it can also be the height of style

Don’t be afraid of the dark’ seems to be the new mantra when it comes to kitchen de­sign, cer­tainly if the lat­est looks have any­thing to go by. Whether you fol­low the trend fore­cast­ers or not, there’s no doubt that braver choices can trans­form a kitchen space, adding im­pact what­ever the size of your room.

Dark, moody hues and rich tim­bers can be used to add depth and ex­cite­ment—even, dare we say it, a touch of glam­our—to the bland­est space or to live up to the drama of a spec­tac­u­larly large one. tempt­ing as it might be to think that pale colours will make a room feel lighter and more spa­cious, they can have the op­po­site ef­fect, de­liv­er­ing lit­tle in the way of oomph or in­ter­est.

In a room with very limited nat­u­ral light, no amount of pale colour is go­ing to bring back the il­lu­mi­na­tion that just isn’t there. In­stead, a deep colour can pump up the per­son­al­ity, dis­tract­ing from the lack of light or the small size of the space to fo­cus at­ten­tion on strik­ing de­sign.

of course, the choice of shade is yours, so colour has got to be one of the most ef­fec­tive ways of per­son­al­is­ing your kitchen. From a prac­ti­cal per­spec­tive, darker colours are less likely to show jammy fin­ger­prints (and muddy paw prints) and cab­i­nets can be re­painted when you’re ready for a change.

Wood of­fers sim­i­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties for per­son­al­i­sa­tion, thanks to the va­ri­ety of tim­bers, ve­neers and fin­ishes. And, given that this is a room that is of­ten com­bined with a din­ing and liv­ing area, its nat­u­ral char­ac­ter­is­tics will en­sure your kitchen never lacks its share of wel­com­ing warmth.

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