Colour Me Happy

When you think about using colour in a kitchen, what springs to mind? A strip of strong colour, a patchwork of glass mosaics or a one-off creation printed with your favourite photograph? For the most part, we like our neutral kitchens. We don’t want them to be too loud or too bold and we want them to suit the way we live. Not only that, choosing a bold colour for your kitchen could be a risk. What if in a few years, you aren’t as in love with the colour you chose as you once were?

The fact is, there is a really easy low-commitment way to add colour to your neutral kitchen. You don’t have to repaint all your cabinets or rip them out and replace them. And if you fall out of love with them? You won’t have to make major changes – you can simply swap them out for something else you love for a fresh new look.

If you are wondering what we are talking about, it’s tiles obviously! In the kitchen, you can use tiles as much or as little as you want – from a statement making splashback to a feature floor. Tiles are a smart investment to say the least and here’s why: They are incredibly durable and easy to maintain, and will help break up an endless arrangement of cabinets – especially when used on the wall.

For some time now, mosaic tiles have been installed to create a dramatic and strong presence within the kitchen. They come in myriad shapes, colours and finishes including glass, natural stone and metal – they can also be laid to create any number of effects. Mosaic tiles are so versatile that you can use them in any design scheme, including modern and traditional. Ideal for complimenting units and work surfaces.

The metro tile is a very simple design. In its humble beginning, it was a basic white gloss bevelled edge tile, preferred by state managed buildings like hospitals and prisons. Easy to clean, non-offensive; practical not stylish! However, its future re-invention is as a stand out piece – a feature in its own right. Bright colours, metallic finishes and a re-found love of the basic whites and their subtle tactile nature.

Patterned tiles continue to have a huge influence in the kitchen, which is largely because the colours and patterns are extremely versatile. They can be incorporated into classic and contemporary schemes to add warmth, colour and personality to your design. Team them with neutral cabinetry and simple furniture shapes to ensure that the floor takes centre stage.

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