Now that we are heading towards the autumn and winter months, we are going to be spending a lot more time indoors. As the weather turns crisp and chilly, it’s time to start thinking about cooking up hearty, wholesome soups, stews, roasts and casseroles. As well as making sure your appliances are up to the task, it’s also the perfect opportunity to consider refreshing the kitchen and embracing the new season’s colour trends. This year it’s all about bringing nature into the home with a palette of greens and blues. One of the most popular shades for cabinetry is a dramatic moss green, which works especially well on painted timber units with brushed steel or brass handles and contrasting cool white appliances, worktops and sink. In this stunning kitchen design, Rangemaster’s Classic Deluxe range cooker takes centre stage and is teamed with a matching chimney hood to remove cooking odours and steam. A Classic Belfast fireclay ceramic sink is large enough to cope with bigger baking trays while open shelving rather than wall units gives the space an airy, open feel.
If you like the dark green look but want something more contemporary for your appliances, look to the Rangemaster Professional Deluxe 110, which adds a modern touch to this classic kitchen design. With two ovens, separate grill and storage or proving drawer, there’s plenty of space for cooking family meals and entertaining, as well as taking the stress out of preparing the Christmas feast. Rangemaster’s Hi LITE hood is the perfect partner and features touch control with white display fascia and LED lighting. When planning a new kitchen, it’s the details such as cabinet handles that can make all the difference and we love these brushed gold bar handles, which add contrast to the rich green painted timber doors. Finish the look with wooden flooring laid in a herringbone effect. Wood-look porcelain is a good option for kitchens, as it’s hardwearing and low maintenance.
Dramatic, dark green cabinets are a huge trend this season and as the look is more classic than contemporary, it offers enduring appeal with a timeless quality. The great thing about painted units is that you can always have them re-painted in years to come when you fancy a change. Most high-end kitchen companies offer an in-situ painted service for their products and you can continue to shake things up by swapping small appliances and accessories for new season colours. For those who enjoy cooking with induction, check out Rangemaster’s Nexus SE 110 Induction cooker, which combines an energy-efficient induction hob with a multifunction and fanned oven along with separate grill and slow cook oven chamber.
While rich, dark greens bring a feeling of nature into the home, another big trend for autumn/winter 2020 is for all kinds of blue kitchens. It’s a palette that can be big and bold, pale and pastel or cool and contemporary depending on your preferred style. This scheme shown below works especially well in new-builds and renovated period properties, where details such as the exposed brick wall, skylights and open-plan design offer an industrial look that is ultra-practical for families. Handleless slab doors create uninterrupted clean lines while open shelving, dark wooden worktops and smart black Rangemaster appliances all enhance the urban look. The Nexus Steam cooker is a first for the range cooking market, as it features a dedicated injection steam cavity to help retain food’s natural vitamins, minerals, texture and taste. The Deluxe SXS four-door fridge freezer is another great choice and it comes with Vseal, a vacuum seal feature for food storage or sous vide cooking, perfect for all that autumn/winter cooking.
As well as refreshing your kitchen with blue or green cabinetry, you can also create a completely new look with a luxurious mirrored splashback. This design, shown behind the Rangemaster Nexus SE dual fuel range cooker, is perfect for compact kitchens, as it instantly makes the space feel larger.
Smaller kitchens can also be a challenge in country cottages and period properties but there’s no reason why you can’t use colour for your cabinetry here, too. In this gorgeous farmhouse design, pale blue timber units are teamed with the Rangemaster Classic in black, which looks stunning set against a backdrop of painted white floorboards, painted brick walls and exposed ceiling beams. Finish the look with an eclectic mix of crockery, rustic table and chairs and a pretty tablecloth.
While you consider planning the big stuff, there are also plenty of quick and easy ways to lift your kitchen with a few carefully chosen accessories. Here are some of our current favourites…
Cuisinart 3 in 1 cordless hand blender in Midnight Blue, £130, www.cuisinart.co.uk
Green cast iron 24cm casserole, £64, ProCook, www.procook.com
Coastal Birds trays, from £18, www.sophieallport.com
Sticky Toffee tea towels, £16.85 for four, www.stickytoffee.store.