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Inspirational ideas for neutral kitchen schemes
Posted by Hayley Gilbert Tuesday, 19th February 2019
Kitchen trends may come and go. For instance, right now the latest cabinetry comes in all shades of green – but while colour, texture and finish can add instant impact and an eye-catching look, for many of us, a neutral kitchen scheme is a lot easier to live with. Cool and calming, a natural décor is extremely easy on the eye. There’s nothing that jars as you enter the room and it creates an easy, ergonomic feel that flows effortlessly, whether you prefer a classic or contemporary style. There are other benefits too. With a neutral kitchen scheme, it’s easy and inexpensive to jazz things up with a few carefully selected accessories dotted around the room. All you need is to freshen things up with some new textiles – think brightly coloured or patterned oven gloves and tea towels – a new toaster and kettle, some artwork on the walls or a few potted herbs and succulents. The other great thing about a natural interior is that is appeals more to prospective buyers if you decide to sell up in years to come.
Rangemaster’s Elise 110 range cooker in stainless steel looks stunning set within white painted cabinets and cream coloured walls. The grey splashback in the chimney-breast helps add depth to the room
To avoid the kitchen from appearing stark and cold, you can add warmth by bringing wooden accents into the room in the form of timber cabinets and accessories. If you like the natural, organic look, go for unfinished furniture with a horizontal or vertical wood grain. In-frame doors offer a traditional touch while handless slab doors create a more modern approach. Painted wooden units are another way to bring neutral style into your kitchen – think off-whites, greys and creams for understated elegance. Choosing a Rangemaster range cooker will provide the perfect focal point appliance – as well as stainless steel designs, you can also choose additional subtle shades such as cream, white, ivory, slate, royal pearl and even olive green. Finish with a black granite or solid surface worktop for contrast and add some rustic wooden chopping boards, heavy-duty cookware and a splashback area made up from iridescent white brick tiles, which bounce light back into the room, adding a glossy finish.
The Elise 90 range cooker in white perfectly complements the timber cabinetry and black granite worktops in this organic scheme
Another element to consider, especially if you’re planning a whole new kitchen scheme from scratch, is the flooring. Natural stone is a great choice as it’s durable, hardwearing and works wonderfully with underfloor heating. Go for large format tiles in a smaller space to make the room feel bigger and choose a textured surface for extra grip. You can add interest with a contrasting coloured grout or lay the tiles in a visually striking pattern such as a brick effect, herringbone or parquet style. Limestone, slate and terracotta are all ideal for kitchens while porcelain or encaustic tiles are a fantastic choice for contemporary spaces. The latest trends include Victorian-style or abstract patterns, which can add instant wow factor to an otherwise neutral kitchen scheme. Whichever floorcovering you opt for, make sure it’s professionally laid and properly sealed for best results and longevity in this high traffic area.
For a classic centrepiece appliance, Rangemaster’s Kitchener 110 in cream offers a traditional range cooker design and comes in gas, ceramic or dual fuel
A great way to inject a luxe look and a touch of glam into a neutral kitchen scheme is to jazz things up with a mirrored splashback. This design shows how a Falcon Deluxe 1092 range cooker in ice white looks stunning with an antique mirrored splashback. As well as being practical, as it protects the wall from cooking splashes, a splashback is a great way of bringing your own personal style into the room. Rangemaster has its own collection of splashbacks to complement its range cookers, in stainless steel, black or seven glass colours – black, grey, purple, cranberry, metallic white, metallic black and metallic silver.
In a fresh ice white finish, the Falcon Deluxe 1092 range cooker looks crisp and contemporary
Of course it’s not just white and cream that can be used for a neutral kitchen scheme. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, dark tones can also be used as a backdrop to timber cabinetry and natural stone flooring. Think rich, dark charcoals and aubergines, plums and petrol blues. In this scheme, freestanding wooden units are used to create a contemporary feel with contrasting black brick tiles for the splashback and black slate flooring laid in a random pattern mix. The Rangemaster French-style fridge-freezer creates instant impact while offering stacks of storage for fresh and frozen food.
Rangemaster’s French-style fridge-freezer is ideal for families and those who love to entertain