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Choosing a timeless colour scheme for the kitchen

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The Ebony Kitchen range is designed to be luxuriously striking, yet timeless despite its unconventional bold, black look.High-end kitchen designs utilise a combination of white, beige, brown and black, classic colours which never go out of style.If bold colours are preferred, they can be incorporated in small doses to give the kitchen a splash of style.

With the array of colours available on materials today, trying to decide on a colour scheme for your kitchen design can be quite a challenge.

But a kitchen whose appliances match its overall design is important to people living in the Asia Pacific, as the Electrolux Asia Pacific Food Survey 2012 has found. Over 90% of the 6,500 respondents indicated that aesthetics is as important as functionality in the kitchen.

Colours are important in giving a kitchen the right feel. A trendy, vibrant colour may be in today, but could turn kitschy tomorrow. On the other hand, colours typically regarded as classic can be seen as unexciting or even dull.

Classic colours or materials are typically associated with elements of nature that we believe have longevity. Rock, stone, marble and granite imply a quality that can withstand the ages. Stainless steel kitchens are also evergreen favourites for conveying a professional look.

Timelessness doesn’t mean sacrificing style, however. Ranges like the Ebony kitchen collection from Electrolux offer a timeless, yet stylish design with its striking contrasts. Indeed, the all-white kitchen is on its way out, as recent trends from the world’s premier kitchen design showcase, EuroCucina 2012, have shown.

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The Ebony Kitchen range is designed to be luxuriously striking, yet timeless despite its unconventional bold, black look.

High-end luxury kitchen designs are increasingly using darker colours like black and brown, while white is usually mixed with other colours or materials. Most exhibits at EuroCucina 2012 used similar colour palettes of white, beige, brown and black in varying shades.

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High-end kitchen designs utilise a combination of white, beige, brown and black, classic colours which never go out of style.

A possible benefit in using classic and timeless colours may come when the home is put on sale. Timeless kitchens remove the need for additional renovation costs and might help make the home more attractive. Should you want to introduce a touch of colour in such kitchens, use intense colours in small, replaceable amounts, such as kitchen accents like rugs, storage racks or wall art.

Use of colour

If bold colours are preferred, they can be incorporated in small doses to give the kitchen a splash of style.

Sometimes the colour comes naturally, with the use of materials like granite, marble, quartz or wood. Marble in particular is increasingly used in high-end contemporary kitchen designs as it conveys a sense of luxury.

If it’s a colour-coordinated, premium look you’re going for, it’s worth considering that luxury kitchen appliance manufacturers typically design appliances in classic colour tones, which best match classic colours. Alternatively, take a cue from the latest trend of transforming, multi-functional spaces with the use of sliding panels or cabinets that can help hide appliances when not in use, and transform the cooking area into a social one.

Ultimately, it’s your kitchen, so go with a look you like. Select your favourite colours, then narrow them down to a few options and look at them at different times of the day.  Some shades may not look the same in the morning as they do at night. Just remember to have fun and ensure yo

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