2/02/2020

6 ways to add personality into your kitchen

Your kitchen is the most functional room of your house and is likely the space that you spend the most time. For most of us, as we sweep in and out from work and do the usual rounds of school drop-offs and pick-ups, cooking is a part of the daily schedule - something needed for survival but isn’t a task we necessarily relish. But there are ways to combine practicality with beauty and unique character to make your kitchen somewhere you can’t wait to immerse yourself, somewhere completely yours.

 

1. Colour, pattern and texture

The base for the look and feel of your kitchen is the colour you choose to paint your units. Muted Farrow and Ball colours are a good foundation, providing a timeless look to accessorise and adapt to current trends. To introduce variation in colour, pattern and texture, consider unique Fired Earth floor and splashback tiles, quality worktops and statement wallpaper, all perfect ways to add layers of dimension. 

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2. Statement elements

It’s the small touches that can transform your kitchen from characterless to luxury. Upgrading basic cupboard handles will revamp the entire feel of your units and swapping standard chrome taps for brass or copper can give your kitchen a designer edge. Neptune has an array of elegant taps which will add a fine finish to your kitchen.

 

 

3. Eye-catching furniture

The juxtaposition of quirky retro or handcrafted pieces sitting amongst sleek modern designs can instantly add a touch of personality to your kitchen. Whether it’s an art deco drinks cabinet, statement dining room table or your prized art handed down from generations, your furniture can become the focal point of your room. These don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg - charity shops, auctions or car boot sales are brilliant sources for finding distinctive, individual pieces. Any blemishes or imperfections add to the character, but if an item is in need of particular TLC, then a fresh coat of varnish or chalk paint can reinvigorate even the most unloved and neglected of furniture. 

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4. Botanicals

Plants are known to add tranquillity to any space and have the benefit of oxygenating a room and boosting mental health, instantly breathing life into your kitchen. There is flora for every style, whether it be rustic kitchen herb planters that you can utilise in your cooking, or you’re feeling the scandi vibes with bursts of vivid green, filling the room with cheese plants, trailing ivy and peace lilies. Or perhaps you’re honing your classic Victorian styling with terrariums and elegant floral focal centrepieces.

 

 

5. Lighting to make your kitchen shine

Whether it’s pendant lights with an industrial edge or theatrical chandeliers, hanging lights can be used to illuminate your island or make a feature of otherwise dark corners of the room. Antique or modern fixtures can transform your room, adding a focal point as well as increased functionality. Spotlights or lamps positioned under your top cupboards are ideal for better visibility as you chop, but also to highlight those carefully chosen splashback tiles and show off your luxury worktop.

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6. Finishing touches

When it comes to individual styling, it’s your cookware and tableware that will ultimately distinguish your kitchen. Show off your Le Cruset or copper pots and pans to add in splashes of colour. Rugs can be used to help zone different sections to cooking, socialising, a space for the kids and dining.  We especially love the Asko Rug by Linie Design, which though simplistic in design, adds a touch of contemporary styling. Blinds and curtains will help to either soften or add statement to a window dressing. Soft furnishings such as cushions and table cloths are also ideal for picking up an accent colour or introducing pattern and texture. The Le Cirque Linen Tablecloth by Summerill and Bishop adds a fun twist to your dining table. 

 

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