Averyl Dufour. Kitchen. May 08th , 2018.
In the past, there may have been more of an all-or-nothing approach to colour in the kitchen – remember avocado green and burnt orange in the 1970s? The new palette is a bit more restrained, with pale blues, greys and darker, inky shades proving a big hit – though that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with kitchen colour, as you will see in the schemes below. Tone is important too – even within the grey family, warmer greys create a different feel from blue-based shades of slate.
The owners of this north London property spent five years living in their house before they decided to update the kitchen. With two young children, they wanted to see how their needs would change before they committed to a big building project. One thing they were sure of was that the layout wasn’t right. The narrow kitchen was at the rear of the house and there was an open-plan living room, which led into a dark central dining area. ‘The space had become a dumping ground for toys and coats,’ say the couple.
Do it with tiles, add interest to traditional kitchens with a patchwork of multicoloured tiles. Exposed brick walls and a ceiling-mounted rack for pots and pans play their part in the overall look of this country kitchen scheme, too. A mishmash of styles is important here to achieve a lived-in style. You don’t want it to appear too ‘planned out.
Use lemons for limescale, to get rid of limescale in your kettle, simply fill it with water and lots of lemon juice. Let it soak for an hour, boil the kettle, empty and rinse, and don’t forget the bins, bins can harbour odours long after you’ve changed the bag. To avoid this, wash and dry the bin, and sprinkle a few spoonfuls of baking powder in the bottom. It really works.