Dive in at the dark deep end with a rich blue to add drama and a feeling of cosiness into your kitchen. Don’t stress if the space is small or lacks natural light – a dark colour can detract from its shortcomings and focus attention on the fabulous hue instead. equally, don’t specify all-over blue if it feels like a big commitment. Instead, restrict it to walls or an island unit to create a contrast with paler cabinets. Blue sits beautifully with white and grey, so you’ll have plenty of options.
Project details Well-considered design decisions and skilful use of colour make this Virtuoso kitchen by Mowlem & Co both practical and stylish. Timeless Shaker-style units are hand-painted in Farrow & ball’s Railings eggshell, creating a striking contrast to the super-luxe Carrara gioia marble splashbacks. lofty ceilings have allowed the designer to go large on storage, with extra-height wall units featuring glass rather than solid inserts to make the space feel more airy. An industrial quality is introduced via the Raw Concrete Caesarstone worktop and chocolate bronze metal handles that are recessed into the cabinet doors. original btc’s Titan pendant, £249, heal’s, makes for a fine finishing touch. A similar Mowlem & Co kitchen starts from around £35,000.
Project details Walls take their cue from life Kitchens’ hartforth blue Shaker-style cabinetry to zone this open-plan kitchen. A quartz worktop and splashback slice through the blue, introducing contrast and the look of marble without the associated maintenance. A smattering of brass adds glamour – try Abode’s ludlow monobloc tap in Antique bronze, £229,John lewis, to get this look. Kitchens from £25,000.