Wood panelling creates instant warmth in a room and is part of a larger trend celebrating the retro-cool vibe of the ’60s and ’70s. From classic light maple to a mix of whitewash grey and blue, this natural surface should be the standout feature in your kitchen. Design the rest of the room with a clean white palette and avoid busy patterns to keep the look modern.
Expert advice: Wooden benchtops should be regularly reoiled when they start to look dull and dry. As a guide, any liquid spillages should ‘bead’ on a well-oiled surface. Should the worst happen, burns or stains can usually be dealt with by gentle sanding and reoiling of the affected area.
Ornate tiles give any kitchen an instant facelift and add textural interest. From ceramic and porcelain tiles to mosaic patterns, there is a brilliant range of hues and finishes to suit any taste. Whether it’s a feature splashback or flooring option, be sure to choose your tiles at the beginning of any kitchen renovation and build your design around them.
Expert advice: While tiles make an undeniably striking flooring option, they are naturally cool to the touch. Install underfloor heating to ensure your kitchen remains warm and cosy when the temperature falls.
Once forgotten, ceilings are becoming a key part of new kitchen design, whether through statement hanging lights or architectural embellishments. Use wood panelling to frame the space, clerestory windows to let in directional light or bespoke wall coverings to create the illusion of a floating ceiling. Today’s kitchen designs should give you reason to look up.
Writer: Trudi Brewer
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