Heart of the home
If you are about to build a new kitchen or undergo a major renovation, then congratulations! The kitchen is considered the heart of the home for many Australians and a question that is front and centre of the reno process is: how do you create a bright and light kitchen?
It all counts
The two things that immediately come to mind are: natural light and bright colours as well as complementary accessories such as the right flooring, lighting, decorations and the cupboard handles, kitchen taps and light switches you choose.
Things to consider before going ahead
Before you start, look at the the colours and surfaces you want for your kitchen. Remember that dark colours absorb light, while bright colours reflect it. Remember, too, that glossy surfaces will reflect significantly more illumination, natural or otherwise, than low-sheen surfaces. Both are great options, it just depends on how light and bright you want your kitchen to be.
Let’s look at colour combinations. The first point to consider is that natural hues, like white, doesn’t have to mean boring. In fact, a splash of white paint can be one of the quickest ways to give your kitchen a fresh, bright look.
White and natural
White is a very easy colour to live with, it’s easy on the eye, doesn’t demand attention, you won’t get tired of looking at it and, best of all, there is an endless choice of coloured accessories that you can team with white without them clashing.
And a natural colour scheme is warm, homey and is completely timeless due to the fact than none of the colours are strong and overpowering, so you won’t tire of looking at them. They are soft and inviting.
Sandy and stone
Think sandy and stone colours. This colour scheme looks great on either modern or traditional-style cabinets, but it really adds a grown-up touch to a traditional or country-style kitchen too.
If you have plenty of natural light via windows or a skylight, you may want to choose bolder colours such as a combination of bright and dark colours such as white, grey and black or blue and white.
Mix of lighting
It’s a good idea not to rely on one style of lighting in your kitchen if you want to make it bright and light. A combination of pendants, lamps, dimmers, ambient lighting and floor lighting (depending on the space) is a good idea.