The Balham Kitchen by deVOLTransitional Kitchen, London
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Go grey for a muted styleSee the tone-setting difference between chunky worktops (as shown here) and the thinner, more trad ones seen earlier? The pale grey of these concrete-look worktops ups the contemporary feel still further –and complements the rustic brick wall beautifully.Unsure about composite worktops? Discover the ideal one for your kitchenTell us…Got an inky blue kitchen? Let us know the type of worktop you went for in the Comments section.
Style with your kitchenThese gorgeous charcoal kitchen cabinets are beautifully combined with a contrasting worktop and exposed brick walls. The striking design looks so good with a matching cat that you might even forgive it for climbing on the work surface!
Ensure you have plenty of natural lightUnless you have great light, any darkly decorated room is going to feel a bit smaller, and if it’s too dark all round, it may end up seeming oppressive. The glass ceiling and vast wall of windows flood this room with sunlight, but not every kitchen is so well lit. Think about where your light sources are coming from if you’re planning a kitchen in a small space. Are there options to allow light from adjoining rooms through the walls? Perhaps you can install a skylight or a large glass door at the back? Any of these options will help set off a near-black scheme.
They will sleep where they likeIt doesn’t matter if you provide them with their own handmade, personalised, sheepskin-lined bed, your cat will always prefer to park their posterior where you least want them to. Kitchen worktops when you’re trying to cook make just the perfect spot, thank you very much.
Be realisticWhile fitting lots of storage into a kitchen is a sensible goal, be sure not to overcrowd the space. ‘People often want an island or at least a breakfast bar, but it sometimes doesn’t work in the space,’ says Durrant. ‘Think about how you’re going to be able to move around the room. Be realistic about what will fit. If you’re spending money on a new kitchen, you don’t want a design you can’t move around easily or a space that looks crowded or over-stuffed.’Do you have room for a kitchen island? Check out this advice to find out