Morning to you and Happy Monday (or whatever time or day of the week you are reading this). I thought we’d start with this very jolly kitchen from Plain English which has been painted in the new colours created for them by Rita Konig. So that’s cupboards in Nicotine (yes strange name but lovely colour) with the island in Burnt Toast.
This is Rita’s third collection for them and it also includes this orange Medlar Jelly and Bib and Braces. I’m interested to know what you think because while, I’m sure, we can all agree that we are becoming bolder with colour, it tends to be on the walls that we are experimenting with brighter shades. In other words the large flat expanses that are relatively easy to cover over if you go off a colour.
While there are lots of inspirational pictures of coloured kitchens in magazines and on social media I would be interested in how many of you are actually choosing them for your own homes. Do let me know as Sophie and I are planning to look into this for a podcast recording (later this week) so please jump into the comments box and let me know where you stand on kitchens in all shades of the rainbow.
Blue is a more classic kitchen shade but even that feels bold compared with the all white choices we were making just a few years ago. That said, using a strong colour in an open plan space works really well as it not only zones it but also makes it look a bit less “kitcheny” which is another trend that is gathering pace.
And then, of course, there’s the one that really decides to go for it and does the walls and the cupboards as well. Bizarrely this will probably make the space feel larger than it is as it will all blend in against the walls. Yes it will be darker in this colour but there is a large window and the white sink and marble worktop will bounce the light around. I love this picture but it would take a brave decorator to do it in their own house. Would you? Let me know your thoughts – what if it were yellow, or pale pink?
Interestingly, Rita Konig, who is known for her love of colour, says you need four colours in a kitchen; one for the island, one for the cabinets – upper and lower can be different and, she says, one for the stools – if you have them. Which is an interesting premise because I might not have thought of that and, more to the point, would probably have chosen natural wooden stools (as indeed I have in my kitchen) and then you see this below. And suddenly that classic, rather neutral kitchen (let’s ignore the ladder – we definitely can’t all have one of those) is transformed into something with style and personality.
All with a pot of paint. And don’t forget you can do this with a cheap wooden stool from Ikea so it’s an easy change to make. Again and again. Am serious wondering about moving my vintage stools (from ebay) to somewhere else in the house and buying something I can paint in a deeper shade of pink than the walls to sit next to the chocolate brown cupboards…. that’s a job for a rainy weekend for sure.
Moving on from kitchens to bedrooms (it’s definitely Monday for some of us). I have seen a few headboards like this and while you have to make them yourself (or commission someone) it does bring a sense of luxury to an otherwise plain bedroom. Bianca Hall has posted a tutorial for anyone who feels like having a go.
Her’s is a little different but take it as a base from which to customise. This one has a shelf for books as well as a couple of bedside tables in front but you could have the lamps on the shelf as well and keep it all more pared back and simple.
Another clever idea is this from Jane Day. These colours are gorgeous in her light-filled bedroom but look at the empty gilt picture frames on the wall. They provide decor in their own right and will also catch the light from the window opposite. You could, of course, add mirrors or even stick unframed postcards and picures inside to create an ever-changing gallery wall.
Finally, another affordable idea by Emilie Fournet Interiors. Emilie has been working on this Georgian house for two years and has finally finished it. This is the spare room and this wall is a great idea if you don’t have a bedhead – and often divan or storage beds don’t have bedheads.
Instead get yourself a role of frog tape to mask off the shapes you want to create and buy a base colour and a couple of tester pots or small pots of different colours and have fun. You can use as many cushions as you like to prop yourself up for reading and extra decor.