Drama is key to the best room in the house
You can get your kitchen drama from contrasting colours, interesting lights, and even a super-duper floor. Try dark stained wood cabinets with a light solid maple or bamboo worktop, some kind of beautiful textured splashback in a similar tone as your surfaces, and a stunning, light-coloured floor.
Don’t want to see the dirt, but liking the light thing? Try a darker floor in something easy to clean – not too dark, since that shows the dirt as quickly as white – gorgeous light wood veneers on your cabinets, and wenge or walnut surfaces. Better still, the zebrano surfaces have to be one of the most unusual, super-funked worktops available, and they’re totally mess-proof because they’re so busy-looking. Or just ban the kids from entering the kitchen until adulthood.
Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise
Got your wooden kitchen installed, but you want to individualise it even more? Why not accessorize it with a few tasteful finishing additions. Cutesy wooden handles in the same tone as the floor, a gorgeous cornice in a contrasting colour to finish the wall cabinets properly, tongue-and-groove-patterned end panels, and a state-of-the-art designer sink (with taps to match) could all work wonders. Details make more of a difference than anyone gives them credit for, but people don’t always think of them at ordering time.
Upgrade the kitchen by updating the details
Found the wooden kitchen of your dreams, but worried that it won’t last you a lifetime? Here’s the News: buy the best quality surfaces, doors and surrounds, and you can update the details every couple of years. Try this for an idea: neutral or pastel painted kitchen doors and drawers will stay in vogue for decades, but if you make your splashbacks out of coloured glass, you can update them with the latest groovy colours every couple of years, ensuring that you never end up with a tired-looking kitchen. In fact, you can do this with a whole bunch of details, which is great because that way you get your favourite kitchen looking its best for decades.
Whether you’re buying an all-new kitchen, or you’re just thinking about making a few changes, natural kitchens have some serious variety; a great way to give yourself a bit of culinary class, even if your cooking skills don’t go further than an oven-ready meal.
Sakina Murdock writes regularly about interior style and the ideal kitchen, and contributes often to websites, including http://www.deterra-kitchens.co.uk.