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