Shaynna Blaze shares her top 4 tips on combining colours and textures for an eye-catching feature.
When it comes to the home, there are two very well-known sayings: ‘the kitchen is the heart of the home’ and ‘kitchens and bathrooms sell homes’, so it’s important to pay attention to the look and feel of these precious rooms.
“We are seeing a return of colour, a lot of bold and engaging palettes are being used this year," notes Shaynna. "I see rich tones with mixed metals. Contrasting palettes are also popular with crisp whites teamed with deep black or charcoal. Mosaics are making a huge comeback – the variety available is spectacular. They can range from your traditional mosaic in a blend, right through to artistic mosaics.”
Shaynna Blaze shares her top 4 tips:
1. Features are key
A dramatic feature will add instant appeal. Lift a room by injecting colour, texture and drawing the eyes to an area as soon as you enter the room.
“Utilise a ‘statement wall’ technique to create a cohesive interior design. For instance, in my studio’s kitchen, the wall for the splashback had a lot going on so I had to make sure the splashback was going to look like part of the kitchen and connect with the bench and overhead cupboards rather than compete. However, in the bathroom I used a mosaic feature as the eye-catching element of the room.”
2. Trends in colour, texture, features and mosaics
There are two distinct directions for kitchens and bathrooms and that is the sleek and minimalist look where everything is hidden away, and the opposite of this, with all the appliances and gadgets on show and lots of colour in mosaic splashbacks.
“In my kitchen, I selected smoky grey tiles that worked with the grey painted finish but also has a mirrored finish. This meant it took on the changing light throughout the day, giving different colours and textures to the kitchen. I also got out the old silverware to add that sense of tradition to the kitchen’s contemporary décor, and blended the old with the new in the bathroom with sleek, stylish copper accents.”
3. Ways to add colour and texture
It's important to ensure the design and style of a kitchen and bathroom fits the house first, and then personalise with features such as a splashback, door handles and bench top accessories.
“The profile of the doors is a great way to add character to a kitchen. I opted for sharp, straight, edgy doors on the wall cabinetry to offset the island bench panelling and blend the period and new styles together. We also needed to consider the 3.7m ceilings, as this meant there was going to be a lot of inaccessible cupboards on a daily basis and having a solid door would have made it feel very top heavy. The glass panel doors are lit from inside so the cupboards double as a display cabinet for my silverware and vases and can be accessed when needed for entertaining.”
4. Emerging trends in kitchen and bathroom makeovers
“Island benches are becoming a real feature in the kitchen, specifically in contrast colours to the wall cabinetry and bench surface. The butler’s pantry is the new wish list item and will become as popular as the master ensuite.”
"With technology becoming central to the way we live, we are seeing a change in how technology is integrated into the household. Smart technology is increasingly popular. Appliances today give users the ability to program the cooking to turn on or off and smartphones can now turn the lights on when we arrive in the driveway prior to opening the front door.”