A bold and bright new year

Your 2018 kitchen will need to be bold and bright if we are to believe the interiors forecasters. According to Pantone, metallics are set to shift to neutrals, while bright and bold colours will replace pastel shades, reflecting our increasingly intense lifestyles and thought processes.

But they are not the only experts to state that bold is where it is at this year: Houzz editor, Michael Parker has revealed that kitchens should be colourful with bold hues. But if you do not want anything too garish, he suggests warm wood tones.

In fact his predictions of rich earthy shades of camel, rust, tobacco, brown-blacks and burnt yellows take us neatly back to the colour palettes of the seventies when brown was a dominant influence in every room of the house.

It could also be a return to florals - but not the ditsy sort - big, bold blooms with plenty of contrast. So perhaps we can turn our attention to those simple bold shapes that Taunton Vale gave us as they took us from the sixties into the seventies.

Deputy editor, Kate Burt has noticed 'an unmistakeable penchant for blue', which of course is a very traditional colour for kitchens. Apparently the Victorians used blue a lot because they believed that flies never landed on blue. This was certainly the story behind Farrow and Ball's Cooks Blue - a really powerful shade that really makes a statement as shoen by these units from Handcrafted Kitchens.

The desire for blue is echoed by Kieran McCracken Creative Director at BA Components who expects to see its use peak this year. "Mixing and matching solid colours with woodgrain finishes is something that has proved extremely popular over the past 18 months. Consumers want to add texture and depth to their new kitchens and woodgrains are the way to do it."

In a traditional kitchen a combination of painted blue cupboards and open pine shelving provides the perfect backdrop to a display of some of the most famous traditional ceramics of all time, such as Willow pattern, Delft and Cornishware which topped the popularity stakes over the centuries.


So go for a fresh new look in your kitchen this year and select your accessories from our website for an original and fashionable feel.

Posted in New Year

Published on 20/12/2017 12:12:25
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