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Your dream kitchen design: colour & finish

We are often asked what the rules are that should be followed when choosing the colour and finishings of a kitchen during the design process, and our answer is always the same: the only rule is to ignore trends and go with what you love! No two homes are the same, and no two kitchens should be either. Trends come and go, and what you see on Instagram or Pinterest may not be what you truly want, so always go with your heart to ensure your kitchen will still be perfect for you in years to come.

We have put together a few of our favourite ways to mix colours and texture in the kitchen...

Create a focal point

A contrasting kitchen island is a great way to create a focal point and anchor the island with colour; usually with a much darker paint colour to the rest of the kitchen. 

The Wellsdown kitchen in Saffron Walden is painted in Chambers Gate by Mylands, and the contrasting dark Bond Street on the island.

A more subtle contrast works well in country style kitchens such as the Wellsdown project in East Sussex. The homeowners chose Olive Colour for the main cabinetry, and Tracery II for the island.

A pop of colour

Colour trends come and go, and whilst we love seeing and sharing interior trends on social media and in magazines, we do always say that the final decision should be a colour that you love, and would chose again and again for the next 10 years. If a pop of colour in your kitchen would reflect your personality, your home and be something you love coming down to each morning, then go for it!

If you opt for a bright colour, keep the rest of the cabinetry neutral like in the Wellsdown kitchen and bootroom project in Sevenoaks. 

Bring the outdoors in

Fabrics and textures are an essential consideration throughout the design process, and you cannot go wrong with bringing the outside in with patterns, fabrics and finishes to the room. 

Brickslip tiles are a really cost effective and simple way of bringing brick into your kitchen, like the Hoyden project in Crystal Palace. Lots of greenery and houseplants liven up the room too, and Studio Green by Farrow & Ball is the perfect shade of green.

Mixing metals

When well considered, mixing metals across your hardware and finishes in your kitchen can give a really luxurious feel to the room. Metals are meant to be mixed, so don't worry too much about whether they will “go together” and instead make sure each finish is a thoughtful addition to your space.

The owners of the blue Decolane kitchen in Upminster opted for brass hardware, the most beautiful copper sink and taps, and antique nickel themed bar stools.

Brass handles and contrasting chrome plug sockets and Quooker boiling water tap give a luxurious finish to the Hoyden kitchen in Greenwich.

Both Burlanes Sevenoaks and Burlanes Chelmsford are welcoming appointments on a pre-arranged basis, so please do get in touch to let us know you will be popping in for a browse. You can call us on our usual numbers (Sevenoaks - 01732 605 001/Chelmsford - 01245 352 557) or email [email protected]

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