For many, the kitchen is the centrepiece of the home which explains why so many homeowners are looking to put their own stamp on things and create a unique space that is distinct from the ‘vanilla’ or standard options. It’s all about creating a kitchen that has warmth, charm and most of all a personality of its own. With so many sources of inspiration like Pinterest and Houzz giving kitchen renovators plenty of styles to choose from, it comes as no surprise that the eclectic décor (mixing elements from different decors) is gaining popularity. Today Nu-Look unpacks how to create the perfect eclectic kitchen.
1. PERSONAL TOUCH
There are so many options for expressing your personal flair on a kitchen’s interior. Whether it’s through the choice of textures, time periods or colour scheme – the eclectic kitchen allows for a bit of creativity and non-conformity. It’s about knowing what look you are trying to create and then adding a personal twist. For example, if it’s a rustic kitchen you’re after, then timber cabinetry is pretty much non-negotiable however there is some flexibility for the tiles and pattern used for elements such as the splashback and flooring. Alternatively, if you are into the Scandinavian aesthetic then keeping within the basic colour scheme of white and bright wood is a must but doesn’t preclude you from opting for some bold accents for accessories and furniture to add a pop of colour.
2. NATURAL ELEMENTS
If you’re more conservative in your aesthetic but still want to breathe some life into your kitchen, greenery enlivens a room and with so many types of indoor plants, you’re sure to find a species that combines the look you’re after with the level of care you’re willing to provide. For those with a green thumb, the vertical garden craze is everywhere and can add depth to a dull kitchen needing some love and attention. It’s a clever trend for urban dwellers that may not have loads of space in the backyard and are looking for ways to incorporate a natural landscape in their home.
3. RETRO REVISITED
Borrowing elements from home décor of bygone years is an ideal way to give your kitchen an injection of novelty. You’ll be surprised how well retro appliances look alongside a stainless steel canopy rangehood or marble countertops. It’s not about recreating a 100% retro inspired kitchen but more about introducing a couple of vintage pieces like a light shade or upcycled furniture that can make a dramatic difference to an otherwise minimalist styled kitchen. If you are not one for vintage shopping, thankfully a number of kitchen appliance brands like Smeg and Belling are creating retro ranges so that personality can be brought into the modern kitchen without sacrificing on modern quality and convenience.
4. OPEN SHELVES
The trend for mixing and matching elements is typified with open shelving which allows for all your speciality pieces to be on display. With the right style of shelves and good organisation, you can create an exclusive look that can be updated as frequently as you like. If you’ve decided on a predominantly white kitchen, adding a few open shelves can help get the creative juices flowing when you display accessories or items that look great but don’t get used all that often (you don’t want to feel like you’re constantly keeping it tidy!) It also helps to make the kitchen feel more relaxed, homely and chic – something that an eclectic style is excellent at achieving
5. KEEPING BALANCE
While it’s fun to think outside the box and restore a cosy vibe in your kitchen, renovators should approach the exercise with restraint to keep your kitchen from displaying too many wildly different flavours and looking like a chaotic mess. This is where trial and error comes into play so the look you finally achieve looks effortless yet still delivers something completely different and unexpected. The best way to find balance in your eclectic kitchen is to bring in contrasting elements like colour, texture and lines that are subtle and don’t overpower the senses. This is often best attained by choosing a neutral colour as your base like white, grey or black and then weaving in other elements ensuring they work with the overall feel of the space