Texture in the Kitchen
News, Top Trends
October 30, 2018
Texture in the Kitchen
At a recent Cosentino trend briefing, we heard how texture in the kitchen is becoming increasingly important. As we move away from stark minimalism in the home, incorporating texture is one way to create a layered look that mixes the traditional with the modern. It is also a great way to add a touch of personality to your space and a sense of cosiness as we embrace the colder months.
Tactile worktops, shiny metallic accents, high gloss cabinets and unvarnished wood can all be used to add depth and interest to the kitchen. Using contrasting textures, such as a polished worksurface with natural wooden bar stools, helps to add a sense of layering. This clever tactic that will make your kitchen feel cosy and welcoming.
Warm up your brassware
Brassware is the jewellery of the kitchen, and it’s an easy way to add a touch of warmth. On trend brasses and honey toned golds are great options for wow factor taps, especially when offset against white sinks or marble look worksurfaces for a premium look. Deeper bronzes can look cool in industrial or Scandi settings, and consider your finish for maximum appeal. The Polished Brass finish from British manufacturer Perrin & Rowe, pictured, looks great against an antiqued mirror splashback and matt Dekton Aura worktops. Opt for a softer, satin finish if you are considering a highly polished worktop.
Back to basics with cabinetry
Don’t be afraid to go for stripped back wooden cabinetry to add texture in the kitchen. In this space by American interior designer Theresa Casey as part of our Silestone Trendspotters series, unvarnished cabinets are contrasted against crisp Silestone Iconic White quartz worktops. This allows the beautiful Silestone Calacatta Gold wall cladding to really stand out. The smooth feel of the surfaces is enhanced by the tactile nature of the wood, resulting in a calming palette.
Embrace ‘wabi sabi’, the Japanese concept of appreciating the beauty in imperfections. A concrete look surface is a great way to do this, and the new concrete designs of now are soft and subtle. Elegant Silestone Silver Lake from the new Loft Series has a unique look, taking inspiration from aged concrete. Boasting a new ‘Raw’ finish, it has the feel of suede like polished plaster. Concrete surfaces look great when combined with wooden elements such as these bar stools for a casual, Scandi look.
Go bold with your walls
Statement wall cladding can add an instant wow factor to any space. As seen in this open plan kitchen diner, high shine Dekton XGloss cladding in Fiord is the perfect contrast to the rough, exposed beams. This is highlighted by dark cabinetry, whilst statement wooden lighting, Scandi inspired seating and an open fireplace ties the look together. A traditional woven rug completes the mix of old and new, adding elegance and warmth. Alternatively, why not experiment with exposed brickwork to add texture in the kitchen.
Consider your accessories
Sometimes the little things really do make the biggest difference. Take inspiration from this bright and airy kitchen by American interior design studio, Coco Kelley. A selection of carefully placed wooden chopping boards and a woven plant pot adds instant contrast to the smooth Silestone Lagoon quartz worktops. Although the kitchen is mainly white, pops of colour and texture such as this adds depth, creating a sense of cosiness.
Mix your materials
Another way to add a layer of texture in the kitchen is to choose a different material for your breakfast bar. Visually, this is a great way to zone separate food preparation and dining areas. In this kitchen by Audus Kitchens, it also breaks up the polished Silestone Aluminio Nube quartz worktops. Here, the breakfast bar is a design statement, subtly tying in with the wooden flooring.