Kitchen - Upland Road 2014Contemporary Kitchen, London
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Soften upHere’s another successful way to incorporate niches in a kitchen, as demonstrated by 102 Interiors. Again, the display is already contained more tightly than it might be on standard shelves, and the shadows the nooks create, in what is largely a one-colour kitchen, add visual interest. The display of solely soft-hued neutrals also looks rather lovely against the gentle blue paintwork.
…or lots of pieces in a single hue, as in this example. Mixing in clear glass is a good idea, as it won’t interfere with the carefully picked palette.Taking your beloved items down and organising them into groups of similar shades is also the perfect opportunity to give both shelves and treasures a thorough dust.
Create a collection of whitesIf you’re thinking your white pottery items aren’t worth showing off, think again. Group them together as they’ve done here to create a beautiful, minimal display. This works best if the backdrop is a different colour, like the blue wall and shelf in this Shaker-style kitchen. In your own home you could paint the wall the shelf is on, or just the recessed area behind it.
Choose your accessories carefullyThis understated palette – pale blue and blue-grey – is wonderfully calming, but without the well-chosen accessories, it could also feel a little flat. Rather than breaking up the tranquil ambience with colour in this kitchen, the owners have picked the items on display very carefully: glass and putty-coloured pottery, with just a couple of teeny spikes of understated brightness – pale green, turquoise, emerald – related to the overall colours. Wonderfully stylish.Grown-up display is a natural partner for this kitchen style, whether on a plate rack (see below) or in a glass-fronted cupboard or open dresser. These niche shelves are a nice contemporary take on the idea. Try the trick yourself by limiting your accessories to shades in the same tonal depth, or by keeping all your colours within the same range (either go monochrome or limit choices to the shades on a paint colour card). You can even do this with whites, off-whites and neutrals for a really subtle but textually interesting effect. Experiment with ideas until you achieve the feel you want for your space.
Consider a neat alternative Handy nooks are often built into shower enclosures to keep the flooring free of clutter. Similarly, a useful row of inset shelves built behind the worktop will ensure it’s left clear for daily tasks. Here, to make sure the base of each shelf can be cleaned and dusted easily, a thin piece of glass has been cut to fit each nook, while the same paint colour has been used on the walls, shelves and units for a contemporary, streamlined finish.