By weaving various textures into your kitchen design you can easily create a layered look and inviting atmosphere. Kitchens are meant to be places where people connect and feel at home, where choosing different surface qualities for fittings and fixtures can make a profound impact on the visual and tactile feel of a space. Here are Nu-Look’s top 5 suggestions for using textures to make your kitchen stand out.
1. PAIRING DIFFERENT TEXTURES
Mixing patterns has been popular with interior designers for several years now, however more recently pairing different textures has become in vogue. There’s no better place than a kitchen with its many unique facets to choose two different textures to play a dominant role. Whether it’s marble with wood or quartz with metallic finishes, strongly featuring two complementary textures in a kitchen will add more depth and will influence not just how a space looks but equally important, how it feels.
Texture in interior design refers to surface quality of a material and can either be visual or tactile. The type of pairing of textures you choose will ultimately be determined once you have decided on a design style. A smooth and glossy texture is a key characteristic of a modern design whereas a rough and natural texture evokes a more rustic ambience suitable for a country kitchen.
2. CELEBRATE THE GRAIN & THE TEXTURE OF TIMBER
One texture that can be used in a variety of ways in a kitchen is timber. As it has organic and earthy tones, timber is an ideal material to bring warmth into your kitchen while also giving you the opportunity to seamlessly connect your indoor and outdoor spaces. If you believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home, then adding elements of timber into your overall design can create a more “homely” feel.
Starting from the floor and working your way to the furniture, cabinets, walls and ceilings, timber can feature prominently or as an accent to bring out the soul in your kitchen. With so many different forms of timber, colours and finishes not to mention it’s durability, it’s hardly surprising that timber has been used in homes for centuries.
Some of the innovative ways to introduce timber in your kitchen include open shelving to break up a continuous run of kitchen cabinets. This serves the dual purpose of being functional and giving you a point of interest by showcasing some of your accessories. You can also opt for a timber veneer which gives a more consistent colour and grain than a natural timber. A more stable option than solid timber, a timber veneer is constructed of a thin decorative covering of timber that is applied to another sheet of board to give your kitchen a contemporary style and finish
3. DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT WITH COUNTERTOPS
The choice of material for your countertop can make a significant difference to the overall aesthetic impact of your kitchen. There is a wide range of kitchen countertop materials available when designing the surface area of your dreams including granite, laminate, stainless steel, caesarstone, wood and glass – all of which give a completely different look, feel and texture. While granite countertops are very popular and are available in a variety of colours – marble is also catching the attention of many a kitchen renovator for not only its visual beauty, but also because it is heat resistant and is very easy to clean. With no two slabs of marble exactly the same you are guaranteed a unique, standout countertop. Marble has endless potential to mix and match with other elements of your kitchen and is commonly teamed with white cabinetry and light wood flooring to create a modern, yet timeless interior
4. LOOK TO TERRACOTTA TILES FOR FLOORING
A Mediterranean flavour is not just popular in food, it’s also making a comeback through terracotta tiling. As more homeowners consider warmer tones in the kitchen, terracotta tiled floors are the perfect addition to bring charm and character into a space. While you may be thinking of the high shining terracotta tiling of the 80s that looks quite dated, the reintroduction of this texture in the kitchen is anything but uninviting. When a matt finish is applied, terracotta floor tiling can give your kitchen a great calm which is exactly what homeowners are looking for in the digital age.
5. GO ALL OUT WITH SPLASHBACK
If you think that your options are limited when it comes to materials to use for a splashback then think again. The right splashback will complement the entire design of your kitchen and can tie together all the other elements for an eye-catching look.
If you have a particularly well-groomed garden then a glass window splashback may be the right choice for you. Not only does this option make your kitchen feel more spacious, the glass window splashback can give extra lighting, cutting down the need for artificial light (and in the process driving down electricity costs).
Splashbacks are also a great option to introduce some artistic expression in your kitchen. Through different tiling layouts or even mosaics, your kitchen splashback can be focal feature that most expresses your signature style in the space.