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White, Out: 13 Ways to Use Colour in the Kitchen
From full colour schemes to touches of tones – here’s how to have a knockout kitchen that doesn’t rely on white
For those who are keen to wash their hands of white, indulgence in the dark side could be just the place to start. Inky shades have found their footing recently, bringing a particularly handsome look to the kitchen. A moody, deep grey as seen here looks rich and classic in this Victorian home, complementing the butler’s sink and Shaker-style doors.
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Another way to embrace brass tones is to pair them with indigo: this beautiful blue is contemporary and earthy and it contrasts wonderfully with the golden glow of brass. You can see here how it also enhances the rich browns of the leather seen on the stools and bookshelves.
Green has become a popular designers’ choice, but if the bright 2017 favourite Pantone ‘Greenery’ is not for you, a rich bottle green can do the trick. This London home pays homage to its history with deep-green surrounds crisply offset with white marble.
For anyone thinking duck-egg blue has had its moment, it is still worth considering for the instant old-world charm it brings to any vintage or rustic-style kitchen. Retro tapware and appliances look wonderful with this aesthetic too.
Know that citrus orange is lovely and sassy, especially when paired with white.
For a bolder choice, a mid-century feel can be achieved by taking inspiration from Dutch artist Mondrian, famous for his employment of primary-coloured blocks juxtaposed with black and white.
If you’d rather stick to a single primary colour, yellow brings a year-round touch of summer to any scheme.
While leading Nordic designers have by no means abandoned their beloved white on wood and walls, the look is now updated with flashes of colour, as seen here. Danish company &shufl has stressed how much the movement away from white kitchens is key to the ‘new Nordic’ look.Where is Danish Design Headed?
A peaceful atmosphere often involves white, but the key is using it only for the surrounds. This kitchen attains a cosy sense of character with the stripped wood surfaces and tan tones of the dining bench and leather-topped stools.
For a committed industrial look, don’t look past brushed stainless-steel cabinetry. The leading choice in professional kitchens thanks to its durable and hygienic properties, this material becomes elegant when worked in alongside utilitarian detailing in classic black.
A great way to incorporate a little white for those still keen is teaming it with ply or walnut-laminate cabinetry. This scheme is note-perfect when you add a statement light, leather dining chairs and a mid-century setting.
If you really don’t feel ready to wish white away just yet, you’re in luck. Whether budget or desire means that white units need to stay, injecting a stripe of colour makes for a bold statement that is reversible: it is far cheaper to replace a couple of door and drawer fronts than a whole set.
If you’re renting or simply don’t wish to make permanent changes, introducing colourful accessories is the easiest option of all. Brightly coloured glass adds instant interest, as do the stylists’ favourites, a well-placed tea towel, canister or bowl of fruit.
An emotional connection to site was the driving factor for ‘C Residence’ by Studio Tate, a large family home that balances spaces for intimacy and entertaining with outdoor living anchored by a well-loved blossom tree planted ten years earlier.
Having lived on the site for more than a decade, the client brief was based on experience; understanding the orientation of the land, and what they loved most about living there.
Stone walls, timber screens and black steel are softened by carefully designed gardens and a timeless interior palette; creating a home that ties in with its sophisticated location in Melbourne’s Brighton.
To establish a connection between indoors and out, a wall clad in limestone extends from the house along the entryway. Upon entering through the custom pivot door, visitors are greeted by a central stair leading to first floor bedrooms and a basement wine cellar below. Open treads and an expansive skylight above ensure all levels are flooded with light.
While the palette is largely monochromatic, custom black-brown floorboards, ebonized timber veneer joinery, Serpeggiante limestone and Cararra marble in a downstairs powder room offers a welcome explosion of colour with blue concrete floor tiles.
The polished plaster hallway wall suggests the subtle theme of customisation; further expressed through an interior palette of warm timber joinery, leather pull handles, metal elements, natural stone, and soft, circular pendants and wall sconces.
Photography by Sharyn Cairns