So you’ve spent all this time designing your kitchen layout, choosing your style and finishes for your cabinetry and stone, thinking about your splashback finish, appliances, tapware and all of those other details needed for the build phase. But what about the finishing touches? These are the things that can make a big difference to the overall feel of the kitchen.
I’ve been thinking on this a lot lately as I’m at that point with my kitchen where everything is selected and I now have the cabinetry in, appliances are mostly in, stone goes in this week, splashback will be finished then plumbing and electrical and we’re there. What am I thinking about now? Well there are some key areas that will really bring this kitchen to life. This is what’s on my checklist:
- Bar stools – I want to tie these into the other finishes in this room so maybe the dining chairs, timber on the door handles and also think about comfort, they definitely need a back support.
- Lighting – I want to add some accent lighting, for me this will probably be some kind of floor lamp, but for you it could be pendant lighting over and island or dining table. Try and repeat a colour and or finish from the kitchen itself here.
- Banquette seating and fabric choices – I’ve tied in my blue kitchen here with the fabric mix for the seat and back cushion. My seat cushion is a deep blue whilst the back cushion is a lovely pattern with the same blue and off white background.
- Dining table for kitchen – Because I have banquette seating I wanted a small pedestal table that would allow for easy access. I’ve chosen a white table to work in with the finish on the seating but also it has an oak timber detailing on the pedestal that will link into the chairs and door handles on the kitchen.
- Accessories like tea towel rails and door handles – again here I’ve gone for a light oak finish for my tea towel rail and door handles, this is different to my timber floor which is a little darker, but I wanted the contrast
- Artwork – I’m still thinking this through. My tendency is always to go with dominant blues, but I have enough blue in this space so I’m thinking a print of some native fauna with lots of white space and natural greens. Perfect to life the colours in this room.
- Small appliances – here I’m all for stainless steel. Again I have enough colour so I would either do white or stainless for these. Think about your larger appliances, tie in with these or if you have a white kitchen be brave and add a pop of colour.
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