Hampshire and Surrey - kitchen trends
This year has seen a trend for darker coloured kitchens. However. that doesn't mean your new kitchen looks dark and dreary.The aesthetic is to create a sophisticated, elegant space using bold ideas that make a statement. This is evident in Beau-Port Kitchens new showroom in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire and the new displays in Bentworth. near Alton, close to the Hampshire and Surrey border. Dark metallics are combined with carbon, black and basalt cabinets and frames. Alternatively, pair dark units with crisp white work-surfaces, sinks and pendant lights.
Warm it up
Use touches of polished copper on splash backs, inside pendant shades and handles or highlight an Island with Rotpunkt Pearl Copper units which work particularly well their Black, Arabica and Carbon colour range. Clever lighting illuminates the copper tones and your kitchen will be bathed in a warm glow. Turn up the intensity and make it shine. Once popular in bars and restaurants Copper work-tops and splash backs are popping up in both traditional and contemporary kitchens. Ultra-hygienic, the naturally occurring material will make a statement and give your new kitchen a distinctive edge.
If you like the idea of a dark kitchen but don't want to use a dark shade throughout, why not focus on a single piece of furniture. Islands are perfect for this. Team a dark coloured Island with contrasting shades, elegant greys can be both light and dark. Add beautiful cup handles and knobs in pewter, metal grey or antique tin.
Create a contrast
No space for an Island? Create a light and dark contrast. Lift the dark coloured base units with contrasting lighter coloured wall units in shades such as truffle and Umbra, or combine black loft style open shelving with pale solid wood shelves. Light up your displays with integrated remote controlled lighting, turn down the intensity for a warm ambient light when eating and entertaining. Sleek and stylish with no unsightly bulbs.
All in the Detail
Use detail edges to doors and draws profiles such as Aluminium. Add sleek bold black handles and black door profiles to create a contrast on light coloured doors and draws.
Lighten up with Luxury
Beautifully veined pale polished marble or granite adds both light and an element of luxury to a dark kitchen. Choose marble or veins which complement your chosen dark colour scheme. Pale greys for graphite and black, creams for chocolate and Arabica tones, Blue veins for navy, dark blues and Verde detailing works well with green blue units. Use on worktops, splash backs and up-stands or create a waterfall Island top which cascades to the floor. Make your kitchen unique with real stone detailing, no two patterns will ever be the same.