The bright side... Light up your kitchen
Emily Westbrooks' decor tips
Bright and airy kitchens are what fill our aspiring interior designer dreams, but it's easy to miss the mark when you're attempting to bring it into your own home. Too much white and it will end up looking like a sterile workplace canteen. Too many colours and your open, airy kitchen will feel cluttered and busy. But the perfect balance can ensure your open kitchen is a relaxing and inviting spot for your family, friends and guests. Here are four ways to create your own beautiful, bright kitchen.
Paint a new mood
A bright kitchen starts with the right base, but all white paint is not created equal. Try Farrow & Ball Cabbage White or Dulux Cornflower White, both whites with a slightly cool tone that will feel fresh. Or move just off the white mark with Crown's beautiful Kitchen and Bathroom Soft Steel, a barely-there grey. Whatever you do, use paint designed specifically for kitchens or you'll find yourself re-painting every time you make spaghetti bolognese.
Stock open shelving with pretty dishes
Adding a few open shelves to counteract presses can be an inexpensive way to add an airy feel to a kitchen. But this isn't the place for your dingy collection of pots and pans. Instead, stock open shelves with your best and brightest bits, mixing white and pops of colour. Stand platters and trays upright and layer them behind stacks of dishes for an eye-catching focal point in the room.
Buy it: Platter, €55, houseology.com
Hang pendant lighting
Pendant lighting draws your eye up, creating the feeling of more open space, and bespoke lighting makes a space look intentionally designed and expensive without necessarily putting pressure on your bank account. If space allows, go with a trio of medium-sized pendants hanging over a counter for added ambiance and maximum impact.
Buy it: Pendant light, €83, House of Fraser
Choose stools wisely
One of the best ways to make your kitchen feel spacious is to choose the right bar stools for guests and visitors to relax. Stick with stools that have a low back so as not to clutter up the visual space, but let the stools add personality to your kitchen by choosing a warm wood or funky colour that complements the accessories you have on display. Buy it: Menton teak bar stool, €413, cuckooland.com