Specialists in the design and installation of residential and commercial lifestyle interiors, Brandt Design, offer you expert advice on the most popular painted kitchen furniture designs today…
“Personality and flair is very much at the heart of the modern kitchen, with rich, painted finishes proving the ideal way to create an individual kitchen living space which enhances both your lifestyle and your family’s needs as we look ahead to 2022. Tailor-made kitchens which enhance and anticipate our needs as multi-faceted people who need to cook, entertain and relax quickly and easily are at the centre of residential interior design as we continue to engage with the changes brought by the pandemic and adjust to the ‘new normal’ with changes in work-life balance and new expectations when it comes to household management” says Julia Steadman, Commercial Director at Brandt Design.
A painted kitchen gives you the opportunity to explore a limitless variety of colour which can bridge home and garden, reflect and enhance your architecture or quite simply bring a shade your love into the kitchen regardless of trends. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the options available for your kitchen cabinets, it is wise to consider which direction your kitchen is facing so you can consider the impact of natural daylight as well as discussing the benefits of warm and cold colours with your kitchen designer. Julia finds that her clients have all got a good understanding of interior design from TV and social media feeds but having one-to-one attention from a professional will make a huge difference in creating a signature style. Feast your eyes on the latest painted kitchen trends which have inspired Brandt Design customers to bring their dream kitchens projects off the drawing board and into reality:
- In the pink:Farrow & Ball’s Sulking Room Pink adds punch to a generous island unit which includes room for bar stools in this cook’s kitchen for easy entertaining. The main units are painted in Elephant’s Breath, a warm contemporary grey which complements this rural setting.
- Going grey:a Shaker-style kitchen in Pure Grey brings new energy to kitchen living in a modern country home with characterful touches including glazed units and an overmantel. Light Carrara surfaces from the Brandt Collection offer a marble-effect for a dynamic contrast.
- Duo-tone delight:a creative combination of units painted in Little Greene’s Obsidian Green and Shirting makes this kitchen a focal point in an open plan space. The clever use of bespoke storage including an integrated wine cooler and a hideaway coffee station help to keep appliances discreet yet easy to access for a busy family.
We all have an innate sense of colour, knowing what we like and dislike from our choice of clothing to our vehicles, so remember that inspiration is everywhere when talking about options with your kitchen designer. Keep an open mind as you work together as your expert will have many years of project experience to draw on. The team at Brandt Design are both creative and highly practical so that they will be able to advise on colour combinations which will suit your home, lifestyle and personality.
Think about the quality of light in your kitchen and how it changes throughout the day. Are there areas in which you will need more illumination and if so how will this impact on the colours you are drawn to? How much time and effort do you want to put into maintaining your kitchen living space? Would a lower maintenance colour which is more forgiving than a pale or white option be a better option? Do you prefer a slab door for a linear look or does the detailing of a Shaker-inspired door appeal?
Would you like the woodgrain to be visible under the paint? What sort of cabinet door furniture appeals to you? Do you want a high contrast between walls, units and worktops or would you prefer a mellower complementary feel?
“Once we have explored the options which resonate with you, we can go deeper and work out the colour temperature of your lighting to complement your choice of paint alongside any neutrals and metals in the scheme,” says Julia.
Pale hues – The beauty of lighter colours is that they can instantly bring an airy, expansive feeling to the home creating the feeling of more space. This is particularly helpful if you need extensive storage as custom built fitted furniture can be designed so that it is unobtrusive and blends into the room from floor-to-ceiling, making the best use of the space. Add freshness to warm greige, cream and pink finishes by choosing white quartzite surfaces which can beautifully complement a classic ceramic sink if you are looking for a cottage core effect. Glass-fronted cabinets will also enhance a traditional feel with the opportunity for display lighting within to create further illumination.
Contemporary classic – a great choice for a show-stopping lifestyle kitchen, choosing blue or grey as your design anchor ensures a strong yet livable look which will go the distance. Up the luxe factor with tactile handles and brassware so you can enjoy using them every day. Defining the working side and the socialising side of your island unit clearly defines the space, with an integrated wine cooler so that it’s easy to keep the refreshments coming as the chef cooks up a storm. Ovens which are set within a storage wall with generous cupboard space above and below to keep working surfaces clear and ensure that there’s a home for everything.
Mix and match – creating a large open-plan space for living and entertaining complete with the kitchen is a great choice for the modern family, giving you the opportunity to use custom fitted furniture to its full advantage when zoning the ground floor. A paler colour for top units enhances a high ceiling while base cupboards are grounded by a darker hue. They can help you to divide the cooking and dining areas as well as providing a modern alternative to the sideboard for special occasion crockery, glassware and table linen. Folding pocket doors ensure that breakfast cupboards can be opened and closed with ease and that small appliances are kept out of sight.
All bespoke kitchen furniture featured is from the Brandt Design Heritage Collection and painted to the customer’s specifications. Prices start from £25,000 +vat.