Fulham Traditional KitchenTraditional Kitchen, London
Traditional hand painted, Shaker style kitchen with a Corian worktop and butler sink.
Photos by Adam Butler
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2. Get a knife holder. A knife block or magnetic rack is one of those simple items that really do make a difference in how functional your kitchen is. After all, rummaging around in a drawer for a piece of kitchen gear you use frequently is time-consuming and dispiriting. A wall-mounted rack like this one keeps things orderly without swallowing too much space. Buy decent knives if you can afford it, as they should last a lifetime. One advantage of a magnetic rack is that you can slowly build up your collection of knives, buying one at a time, rather than having to invest in one large block complete with knives, which can be pricey. If you’re starting from scratch, a bread knife, paring knife and chef’s knife are essential.
2. Splash of Red in a Gray-and-White Space Kitchen size: 65 square feet (6 square meters)Why this fridge: The clients wanted to inject color into the neutral palette, says Joe Ridout, principal designer at Williams Ridout. The design team turned to a red Smeg refrigerator to give the room a large block of color. Overall design: The neutral elements come from pieces such as the Twyford sink, custom countertop made of DuPont’s Corian in Cameo White, and cabinets painted in Mercury from Fired Earth. The design team also added smaller splashes of red throughout the rest of the room, such as in the wall art and other small appliances.See the rest of this traditional kitchen with a red twist
Con: Paint is Harder to Touch UpThis one may stir up a bit of debate among designers and homeowners. Paint touch-ups can be tricky. For one thing, you may not always know the exact color of your cabinet. If you’re buying semicustom or prefabricated cabinets, paint companies like Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore may not have an exact match. Cabinetmakers and manufacturers may also apply paints by spraying, a method that looks smoother but is hard to replicate with a touch-up kit. Brushed finishes are better for hiding touch-ups.
Gray. Gray is still going strong as a huge favorite among homeowners. Some describe it as a dreary color. But light gray is a super alternative to white because it creates a space that looks fresh and current without appearing austere, as white sometimes does.My favorite grays have warm beige undertones, which are also referred to as greige. They pair very well with deeper, cool grays, as these walls do with the cabinets. Also, any color will look great as an accent, so have fun and throw in a splash of fire engine red!A similar paint color to try is Simple White by Sherwin-Williams.
2. Add a bolt of crimson. It’s fair to say that gray can be a triumph in every single room, and it’s a winner in the kitchen. These Shaker-style rich gray units anchor the bottom half of this cooking space beautifully, letting the white upper level max out on light and airiness. What makes it, though, is the bold blast of crimson in the form of a curvaceous fridge-freezer. If that’s too much of a commitment, try a scarlet backsplash, an artwork or even just a kettle or tea towel.