A Stylist’s Secrets to Giving Your Kitchen the Wow Factor
There’s more to having an awe-inspiring kitchen than simply designing and fitting it – it’s the little details that will elevate its look
No longer a space to shut the door and forget about, your kitchen is a showpiece as well as a practical space to prepare meals and dine. So how can you play to your kitchen’s strengths and boost its designer appeal? Borrow these interior styling tips to create a practical and beautiful space.
This mostly white, open-plan space has become something really special with the addition of the striking marble feature wall behind the hob. Marble is very much back in fashion and this high-contrast look is practical, contemporary and luxurious.
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With a simple monochrome scheme, such as the one in this retro converted railway carriage, the colour and interest comes from the accessories. The result is a very cool bohemian vibe. Try something similar yourself by sticking to a palette of three or four accent colours of a similar intensity and you’ve got this look nailed.
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You don’t have to have the same finish or style for your base and wall units. In this kitchen, the rough-hewn wood effect of the base cupboards ties in beautifully with the classic and dramatic cabinets on the wall. The softness and warmth of the wood is the perfect pairing with the stark, high contrast of dark grey and white.
For a sleek and modern look, optimise your storage and display shelves by taking wall cabinets and built-in towers right up to the ceiling. Full-height cabinets create a more streamlined look and offer a place for those less-frequently used items to live. Add interest with glazed doors, as the owners of this Shaker-style kitchen have done.
Make a focal point of your task lighting. These pendants combine practicality with visual impact by adding zesty primary colour to this streamlined monochrome scheme. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication!
With plenty of white, reflective surfaces and masses of natural light, a kitchen can be the perfect space to display art. Showcase your taste and personality, whether that’s quirky and kitsch or classic and refined. Why not create a gallery wall, being careful not to position it too close to the sink or hob?
Go for high impact with a strong colour that’s rather unexpected in a kitchen. This deep purple is rich and striking against the exposed brick and dark grey units and sets this kitchen apart. Glass and acrylic splashbacks come in infinite colours and designs to complement your colour scheme.
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Think of your worktop and dining table as a space for display, rather than for storage or as a dumping ground for bills, bunches of keys or laptops and chargers. Remove anything not needed every day, such as a food mixer or slow cooker, from your worktop, add your favourite fresh flowers or a healthy green plant, and channel a minimalist vibe.
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Against this minimalist white cabinetry, coloured LED lighting along the floor and under wall units adds ambience, interest and depth. The best bit? You can change the hue of your multi-coloured system to suit your mood or the occasion. Programmable LED lighting lets you re-style your kitchen at the touch of a button.
For accessories such as vases or storage canisters, display them in odd numbers, and in particular three, for maximum style and impact. This simple design trick can elevate your kitchen from ho-hum to hello…
Achieve a neat look in the way the owner of this kitchen has done with a trio of silver canisters above the range cooker. Or you could create a mini collection of harmonising accessories, such as three blue vases in different shapes or heights. Simpler still, steal another trick from this kitchen by buying attractively packaged drinks bottles in threes and putting them on display.
What styling tricks do you use in your kitchen? Share your ideas in the Comments below.