4 ways to create contrast in your kitchen

It’s never been truer that the kitchen is the focal point of the home. And with so many of us entertaining at home these days, the kitchen is often the social centre and the kick off point for parties, whether dinner or just having a good time.

So, it’s understandable that many people want to create a kitchen with the wow factor, the sort that gets people talking and in many ways breaks the ice at parties. One great way of giving your kitchen that added pizazz is to add a contrast to the overall look, making the area stand out with a bold statement.

contrasting colours in the kitchen

Using a sharp colour scheme

We’ll start with probably the simplest and most obvious way to create contrasts in your kitchen – using opposing colours in your kitchen scheme. They can either be bold, in your face contrasts or the more conservative approach of subtly mixing colours with one another.

Using a two tone scheme across key kitchen features, e.g. central islands or shelves, can make them stand out against the rest of the area. Similarly, using a bold two tone scheme across units and worktops can give a real wow factor, but be careful not to make the effect too stark.

Using a more subtle approach can give an elegant effect. Use colours that, whilst contrasting, complement one another. For instance, while black and white couldn’t be further apart, they do sit well against each other and are not so in your face. Yellow and blues work well together and there’s a middle ground between subtle and stark, so experiment to find the colour combination that suits you. Anything goes if it works for you!

Contrasting elements

Using the colour contrasts to define elements of the kitchen can be a great tactic. If you have a large space, you could use a dark colour for the higher wall units and contrast it with lighter base units.

You could also use complimentary colours to frame, or encase, kitchen furniture. Its also effective when used on kitchen islands. If your kitchen blends into a living space too, you can use the colour scheme to define the different areas. Use neutral flooring colours or patterns to minimise the complexity of the colour scheme or it can look a bit confusing and random.

using granite to create a kitchen centrepieceCentrepiece stone

A great way of striking a contrast in your kitchen is to utilise a beautiful piece of stone as a centrepiece. Look for slabs that have the wow factor to make the centre of the kitchen the talking point. At Graniteline, we have a wide selection to choose from – natural marble, earthy, dependable granite or you could even opt for a manufactured composite such as quartz.

When choosing from the huge range of finishes and colours, look to choose a stone that contrasts with the cabinets and other kitchen furniture / appliances to enhance the piece as a focal point. There are some tried and tested combinations. For instance, darker granite surfaces look stunning when set against oak. Another popular pairing is to mix white kitchen units with a subtle grey stone – granite and marble both suit this contrast perfectly. Finish it off with a stylish edging to give the centrepiece an even more imposing look.

The only rule with creating a statement piece in the centre of kitchen is that there are no rules! If it looks good to you and has impact, then its perfect for the job.

Mixing old with new

using reclaimed wood in a kitchenMost kitchens these days are packed full of high tech appliances and other gadgets. So to create a clever contrast, why not consider using ‘low tech’ furniture?

For instance, reclaimed wood, often oak, has seen a real growth in popularity over recent years and is now relatively easy to get hold of. You can employ it in areas such as the kitchen units and shelving, flooring and even to create feature wooden beams or light fittings in the ceiling.

In contrast to the sleekness of the silver or black appliances and the shiny stone surface of your granite centrepiece, reclaimed wood contains imperfections from its past which can offer a different kind of beauty to your kitchen, a rustic, historic element that can often be missing in modern kitchens. And what better way to pass the time at dinner parties than regaling your guests of tales about your floor that came from a Victorian Sunday school in Eyam?

Moreover, there is of course an environmental advantage to using reclaimed wood that in less enlightened times would’ve ended up being discarded.

If you’re looking for further advice and ideas on how to create that ‘wow factor’ kitchen, browse our range of beautiful stones or give us a ring for an informal chat.

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