A couple of weeks ago we looked at the evolution of kitchens and how they have become an integral part of our living space as well as an extensive part of family life and entertainment. Gone are the days of bland, single tone kitchens as we now bring in a variety of colours and textures, adding personality to what used to be a decidedly insipid space. This week we look at how the personality of your kitchen goes beyond substance and design. While the materials we build with certainly bring the most powerful component of scene setting to the space, your kitchen decor has the opportunity to really complement the stage. Kitchen decor gives us a second chance to bring textures and tones into play, it’s another opportunity to bring an element of comfort from the rest of the home into your kitchen space.
While contrasts can be effective, it is wise to stick to a monochromatic colour palette for the majority of your kitchen decor. Monochromatic colours are all the colours (tints, tones, and shades) of a single hue. This gives you a vast level of play while still keeping within the hue of your base colour which effectively makes everything work together.
Similarly, texture can be used in place of colour in a monochromatic scheme. Rather than accent colours, think accent textures and surfaces. Bring wood, raw clay or woven materials in for warmth and glass or high gloss ceramic for more of a streamlined feel. Today we are seeing various metals such as copper coming into play which adds a beautiful, rustic but very modern feel to the kitchen. As with most things, texture should be used in moderation. Knowing where to start is important, but not as important as knowing when to stop.