How to choose the best surfaces and textures for your bespoke kitchen
Bespoke kitchen choice
Renowned for its imaginative use of all kinds of materials, Roundhouse kitchens have a palette of surfaces to elevate every kitchen design. Of course, each material must be fit for purpose and hardwearing enough to suit the busy designer kitchen environment, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be exciting and innovative – as this design shows. The doors of the eye-catching kitchen with island are wrapped in antiqued brass, hand finished to achieve the softly patinated result, and teamed with wall cupboards painted in Farrow & Ball’s Setting Plaster and a bronze-tinted mirror splash back that reflects light and enhances the spacious feel of the room.
Creating a balance
‘A special material, such as metal wrap antique brass, is best used to create focal points, such as these beautiful wall cabinets,’ says Allison Lynch, Senior Design Consultant. Here, the metal is combined with an island in horizontal oak veneer, lending warmth to the space, offset by simple cool stone worktops to balance the design.
Making the details count
This Fusion quartzite creates a spectacular splash back with a natural sense of beauty, its warm tones echoed in the elegant brass detailing around the inset top kitchen cabinetry and recessed door handles. The bespoke details highlight the clean, simple lines of the furniture and accentuate the contemporary kitchen design.
Colour always adds personality to a the design of a kitchen, creating impact and uniting different areas in the design. Here, dramatic green quartzite has been used to clad the sink zone and to wrap the island, providing striking contrast against the antique brass base. These materials are offset by black doors, forming the simple and elegant backdrop.
Making it matt
‘Matt textures add a certain softness to a luxury kitchen, in preference to very glossy surfaces which tend to glare, especially in rooms filled with natural light,’ advises Allison. ‘They can also show every fingerprint.’ A combination of different textures can create a subtle level of interest, like the mix of matt lacquer furniture, honed Black Vermont granite worktop and raw timber joinery shown here.
Showcase the beauty
Good lighting makes an important difference to the success of the design, drawing attention to beautiful materials and accentuating their impact. Here, the spectacular crystals in the Patagonia natural quartzite island top are illuminated by a clever integrated lighting system, while a bespoke triangular brass prep sink adds to the impact of this individual, show-stopping kitchen design.
Which materials should I choose for a bespoke kitchen?
There are many different materials – from wood, painted and lacquered finishes to metal and stone – the choice is yours. Practicality is important, so choose the most durable, easy maintenance materials for areas likely to receive the most wear and tear, and use the highlight materials selectively to create eye-catching focal points. A Roundhouse bespoke kitchen will be designed specifically to your requirements, from start to finish.
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