The recent national lockdown has seen us all spending an unprecedented amount of time in our homes and has certainly highlighted for many that where we live is not only our sanctuary but also our safe space. There has been a nudge towards kitchens being less utilitarian and clinical and more part of our extended living space for a while now, and for those of us who have literally been working from our kitchen table for the last few months, we have wanted to primarily feel comfortable and relaxed in our spaces.
Colour is an ideal way of helping achieve this and can be done by either choosing a considered restful palette or opting for a scheme that reflects your personality and therefore you will always feel at home when surrounded by it.
An example of a relaxed kitchen scheme would be Farrow and Ball’s Shaded White (201) which is a timeless grey/green on the base units, Slipper Satin (2004) which is a warm neutral with a slight green base on any wall cabinets, walls and trim, and then using Mouse’s Back (40) which is a lovely brown/green on an island or larder cupboard. Green-based colours are naturally calming and grounding and adding in burnished brass handles from the likes of Armac Martin help with the lived-in homely feel.
If you are a lover of colour then you may consider Little Greene’s Tea With Florence (310) which is a beautifully soft teal on the base units, Slaked Lime – Deep (150) on any wall cabinets, walls and trim and Ashes of Roses (6) which is a knocked-back pinky red on an island or larder cupboard. These colours all make an impact and add personality and fun to the space but are all somewhat muted, so they are also very easy to live with on a day to day basis.
At Christopher Peters we have an in-house colour consultant who is on hand to help you discover your perfect colour scheme, and together as a team we will pull together all the different elements of the design including cabinetry, worksurfaces and handles to create your relaxed kitchen sanctuary.
By Jenny Lester