Antonia's Notebook: Wood Kitchen
PUBLISHED: 10:49 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 16:49 20 February 2013
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Wood in the kitchen
Id really like to incorporate wood into our new kitchen. How can I use this material in a contemporary way?
The kitchen is now perceived as a multifunctional living space. Although many contemporary kitchens remain streamlined and functional; the use of colour, pattern and texture is now as important as it would be in any other room in the house.
Any natural wood helps to create a warm and welcoming environment.
A dark wood such as walnut creates instant glamour, especially when set against white gloss or brushed steel. There is also an emerging trend for blending different timbers, using dark wood and light wood for the kitchen frontals for example. A more subtle effect could be achieved with two contrasting grains or wood stains.
Using a black or dark grey wood stain can create a soft, enveloping feel and give an instant modern twist to any style of kitchen. For quality bespoke wood kitchens in classic or modern designs try Woodworks, Lewes 01273 471269 (walnut kitchen pictured).
Create serenity from chaos
Our bedroom storage situation is total chaos. Wed like to create a walk-in wardrobe to get us organised. What would you recommend?
Narnia jokes aside, clambering into an overstuffed wardrobe to locate the one and only bag that goes with that dress is never an enviable task. For contemporary bedroom storage solutions for even the most awkwardly shaped rooms, take a look at Hlsta.
Tailored to your individual needs, the Paso system pictured below will allow you to create a designated compartment for every item of clothing. The interior and front can be purchased independently so the system can be carefully planned around your existing space whether its fitted into an alcove or constructed as a walk-in room, within a room.
Doors are available in white lacquer, natural maple or beech. Other options include a ladder system, illuminated shelves, pullout tie and trouser holders, clothes lifts, clothes hangers with and without handles, shoe drawers and much more! Wells Interiors, Tunbridge Wells 01892 521100.
Get the New England look
Id like to give our guest bedroom a relaxed, coastal feel. How can I achieve the New England look?
Cape Cod chic is a timeless, laid back look that can work in any modern or traditional interior. Opt for white or cream walls and follow a simple colour scheme of red white and blue. Natural or painted wood furniture with a distressed finish and fabrics in striped or checked pattern are both key to identifying the look.Bits of Americana, embroidered cushions and patchwork quilts are the ideal accessories to add a touch of homespun charm as well as maritime details such as hurricane lanterns and fishing lights. Plenty of inspiration can be found at New England Lifestyle, Ford 0870 872 6292 (seepicture - small rustic aluminium lantern 20).
For bedding ideas, Lexington specialise in classic American style textiles all of which are available at Wells Bedding and Interiors, Tunbridge Wells 01892 435555. Lastly, consider white painted shutters for the windows from The New England Shutter Company (www.tnesc.co.uk 020 8675 1099).