London Fields HouseEclectic Kitchen, London
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Stick to a stripPerhaps you already have your kitchen in place and just fancy a refresh? Or maybe you’re not up for committing to green as your cabinet colour? You can still let this mossy shade shine in your cookspace, and a green-tiled splashback is one way to do it. If you have wooden accessories or features in a pale wood hue, consider sprucing them up with a new stain (always try out stains and coloured wood oils on an out-of-sight patch first, regardless of the shade pictured on the label). The very dark brown seen here on the floor, shelf and support works because it’s a comparable saturation to the shade of green in the tiles.
Pep up white unitsThis plain white kitchen has been given some character with emerald green metro tiles. The glossy surface brings out the various green hues of the tiles. The room would have looked good with any other colour, but the deep green has added something really special.Check out this complete guide to managing a tiling project
Stretch to a new splashbackOK, it’s a slightly bigger project than adding a few cushions, but fitting a new splashback will pep up your kitchen no end. A strip of bold colour will lift a neutral scheme, or try a slab of a luxurious material, such as marble, for a kitchen that will feel like new.See more splashbacks that will transform your kitchen
Brian wanted the kitchen to combine the airiness of a contemporary scheme with eclectic and heritage elements to give the space plenty of character. ‘We purposefully restricted the kitchen units to one wall to keep the rest of the space free for pictures the family had collected,’ he explains. It is, he says, a multifunctional space that doesn’t conform to the stereotype. A simple, stained-oak shelf displays treasured items collected by the family, almost like a mantelpiece.
Team with rich colourThere’s no way marble can look cold when it’s part of a kitchen scheme that makes such bold use of coloured tiles. These gorgeous green metro tiles also have a shiny, reflective quality and bring lots of light, colour and energy to the marble-topped units.Discover 9 ways to be brave with colour