Friday 30 September 2016

7 ways to update your kitchen

Ciara Elliot

Published 22/11/2015 | 02:30

Table and dinnerware from Marks & Spencer.
Table and dinnerware from Marks & Spencer.
Martin Moore splashback
Retro Collection from Surface Tiles.
Fitzroy collection.
House of Frazer
Portobello pendant lights.
West Elm Cabin

Top tips on how to bring the hub of the house into the new season.

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1 Modern rustic

For a sophisticated and stripped back dining scheme, try mixing and matching country kitchen chairs in pretty pastel colours while keeping the rest of the look minimal. Such a simple yet elegant contrast.

Get the look:

● Stockholm square extendable table, €500; pendant, €80; mugs in blue or pink, €4 each; Tribeca dinnerware in grey from €4; Loft tea towel (set of three), €17; Dinton chairs (set of two) in coral and stone, from €250, all Marks and Spencer, launching January 2016.

2 Making a splash

It doesn't take much to add some look-at-me style to your kitchen with a splashback in a richly-veined marble. Coppers, golds, mottled stones and textured tiles are all right on-trend.

Get the look:

House of Frazer
House of Frazer
Table and dinnerware from Marks & Spencer.
Martin Moore splashback
Retro Collection from Surface Tiles.
Fitzroy collection.
Portobello pendant lights.
West Elm Cabin

● Bespoke splashback in bookmatched lavender marble by Martin Moore kitchens, martinmoore.com. Prices from approx €70 per sq metre.

3 Tile style

Striking tile patterns on floors and walls are instantly eye-catching and will add real personality to your overall look. Moorish patterns in blues, greys and greens are the scene-stealers of the moment.

Get the look:

● The Retro collection from Surface Tiles consists of nine patterns, 200x200mm tiles, offered as a random assortment in a palette or muted blue, off-white and grey. Prices start at €150 per square metre including VAT. For stockists see domusgroup.com.

4 Freestanding furniture

The backlash against fitted kitchens continues, with modular furniture offering a new flexibility in modern kitchens that can be combined for a more eclectic look.

Get the look:

West Elm Cabin
West Elm Cabin
Portobello pendant lights.
House of Frazer
Fitzroy collection.
Retro Collection from Surface Tiles.
Martin Moore splashback
Table and dinnerware from Marks & Spencer.

● Marble cheese board, €72; dinnerware from €8; textured vase, €33; placemats (set of two), €29; Elska dinnerware from €8; glazed ceramic storage, €21; woven storage (set of three), €39; basket knit throw, €130. The wall unit is bespoke to order and priced from €3,500. All from Gray and Willow at House of Fraser.

5 Dark if you dare

There's a beautiful contrast between darker cabinetry and lighter floors and walls, a multi-layered mood that looks fresh right now for all interiors, but especially in kitchens.

Get the look:

● The new Fitzroy painted collection with quartz and maple worktops. Prices start from €15,000, from Second Nature. For a showroom near you see sncollection.co.uk/showrooms/ireland

6 Statement lights

The smallest additions can be the ones that make all the difference. Seek out industrial or architectural-style lighting in unusual metals and be brave with your choices.

Get the look:

● Hand-blown, bell-shaped glass and Portobello glass pendant lights, Ships pendant light in matt chrome and dark bronze, all atkinandthyme.co.uk. For similar stand-out lighting see aprilandthebear.com or bodieandfou.com.

7 Pretty pantry

Larder cupboards, walk-in pantries and utility rooms are all having a big comeback right now. Look for good internal door shelving which can be adapted to your needs.

Get the look:

● Pictured here are some stunning units from US mega brand, West Elm. For similar bespoke larder units in Ireland try IKEA or Neptune, depending on your price range - and Laura Ashley are also doing some very good modular pieces now, with prices from €500.

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