Averyl Dufour. Kitchen. May 08th , 2018.
The white worktop is a simple contrast to the pine boards. For a lived-in look, the builder sourced the floorboards from a demolished Victorian house. ‘They give great character to the room,’ say the couple. The owners chose a feature wallpaper for the dining area to give the space depth and detail. ‘Wallpaper can work well in a kitchen,’ they say. ‘We went for a dramatic design and we love the feeling it gives you of walking into a woodland scene. Although the pattern is bold, the colour is a subtle grey, which brings a feeling of tranquillity to a large open-plan room like this.
Let your freezer do the hard work, we all dread the day the fridge or freezer starts frosting up, and it’s only a matter of time before you’ll need to go through the inconvenience of letting it defrost – while all your freezer food starts to spoil. Fortunately, Beko has a range of frost-free models so you’ll never have to defrost the freezer again. The adjustable glass shelves are also easy to clean, while the antibacterial door-seal stops bacteria from entering the fridge.
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.
Storage was a priority when planning the new kitchen, as the couple wanted plenty of space for storing all their ingredients and cooking essentials. We also wanted quality,’ the pair say. ‘So even though our kitchen is off the shelf, it’s made from solid wood inside and out, and we know it will last.