Hereford, GloucestershireTraditional Kitchen, Gloucestershire
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Get moodyPainting existing cabinets in a darker, ultra-matt shade, such as grey or black, helps to create a feeling of sophistication. Choose heritage shades with deep pigmentation for a high-quality look – more expensive paint might feel like a luxury, but those few extra pounds spent will usually be worth the investment.It’s best to remove handles and hinges to avoid painting over them, and this will enable you to get a good finish. You’ll also need to sand back the units and use an appropriate primer before you use your chosen colour; ask in your local DIY store for advice. Paint with a brush or a roller, but for a really even finish, spray paint the cabinets.
Fall for a softieLook closely at these units and you’ll see the colour is an ashy, chalky off-black, rather than uncompromisingly sharp jet. This sort of finish lends itself well to a pairing with a comparably soft shade of green on the walls. The deep blue tiles also look great here and don’t clash, since the base unit colour has undertones of the same shade. The blue and white plate is a small detail, but really connects these two surfaces visually. Again, a one-off gloss surface in this space goes a long way to maximising light, and the contrast with the matt surfaces around it adds interest by highlighting the subtle difference.The white woodwork, worktop and – important detail – grout keep things feeling fresh, like starched linen in a neutral bedroom. Try dark blue for your living room walls
Include glossy elements This scheme has a mainly dark palette, but the reflective quality of the shiny metro tiles in a similar blue to the main units helps to lift the overall look. Tile a small area or include another reflective surface in your kitchen to introduce a different finish and stop it looking flat.The scheme is also freshened by the white cabinets, dove grey walls and a white tongue-and-groove splashback. The tried and tested way to stack kitchen cabinets if you’re going for more than one tone is to have the darker colour on the bottom and the lighter colour at the top. This creates balance and ensures the space doesn’t appear too top heavy.Unsure which splashback to go for? See how to choose the perfect one