Colour & Pizzazz

Don’t want to do drab in the kitchen? Think vibrant tiles, glass splashbacks and painted feature walls.

Deep colours, like violet, are cutting edge and complement stainless-steel and glass finishes, according to Susan Hasler of Freedom Kitchens. “Combine them with white walls and sleek, white cabinetry for a sophisticated, designer kitchen,” she says. Red and blue are also strong looks. Colour shy? More subdued tones are also in vogue, with greys and charcoals replacing the brown, earthy colours of the past decade, and cool metallics providing a contrast. Blending textures is popular too, according to Hasler; for example, combining a deep, rich walnut timber grain with high-gloss or frostedglass cabinets. And for a splash of colour, Sydney’s Kellyville Kitchens suggests polyurethane options in high-gloss or satin finishes, and laminate doors and benchtops – all available in a rainbow of hues.

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