4 Ways to Make a Personal Statement in the Kitchen
Once you’ve locked in the functional elements of your kitchen, like inclusions and the layout of your kitchen joinery, it’s time for the fun part – making the design and decor decisions that truly make it the heart of your home.
As family hubs, entertaining areas and a central element of open plan living areas, the kitchen is arguably only second to the bedroom in terms of how much time you’ll spend in the space. So, it’s only right that it reflects your style preferences and unique character in its design.
Looking to give your kitchen a more personal touch? Here are our favourite ways to make your kitchen more unique to you.
1. Mix and match your kitchen joinery
Traditionally, kitchen cabinets have all been finished in the same palette and materials for a cohesive space. While it definitely ties your kitchen together, we encourage our clients to think outside the box and embrace contrasting colours and finishes in their kitchen joinery for a design that stands apart from the crowd.
One of our favourite combinations of late is to pair timber overhead cabinetry with a darker colour like charcoal or grey for the under bench cupboards. This is a great way to warm up a kitchen without necessarily having to use colour.
Another pairing that works well together is matte or semi-matte black and redwood cabinetry, for a modern sophisticated space.
2. Don’t be afraid of colour
If you’re willing to dip your toes into the pool of colour, it can pay off in spades when it comes to personalising your kitchen.
While all-white everything has been trending for the better part of a decade, introducing a splash of colour or a bright accent into your kitchen is the perfect way to make it your own.
And when we say colour, this doesn’t have to be in-your-face – natural tones or jewel tones are great choices for a kitchen as they add an element of brightness without overwhelming the space.
Consider painting your island bench or your kitchen joinery below the bench in your accent colour, and opting for something more neutral in the rest of the kitchen.
The splashback is another way to introduce colour without having to commit to using it throughout your whole kitchen. A coloured tile featuring in a more neutral mosaic design is another way to use colour and create a point of interest in your kitchen.
If you’re looking for inspiration when it comes to using colour in the kitchen, our design principles eBook has got you covered – download it here.
3. Go retro
Especially if you have any family heirlooms or antiques – we recommend making the old new again, and incorporating elements as a throwback to your heritage or favourite design period. Open shelving created in the same material as your kitchen joinery is the perfect way to give these pieces pride of place in your kitchen and turn them into conversation starters.
Whether it’s an antique churner to proudly place on display, or even a special element from your outgoing kitchen, making a nod to vintage decor is a surefire way to give your kitchen character.
4. Ditch paint in favour of wallpaper
Wallpaper in the kitchen is coming back in a big way. Choose from an endless array of patterns, colours and styles – you’ll be sure to find one that matches your personal style.
As long as it’s well maintained, wallpaper is a durable and relatively low-maintenance option for kitchen decor that you definitely don’t see every day!