Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor
It’s been a while since we’ve posted on a specific room in the home, and so this morning I thought I would tackle ideas for the heart of every home – namely the kitchen! I’m not sure about you readers, but in my home whenever I host a dinner party or have friends round, I find my guests invariably congregating around me in my kitchen whilst I bustle about preparing the meal/drink/etc… And somehow some of the best chit-chats always end up happening in this space.
Given that I live in a rented apartment, there’s a limit to what can be done to this space, but that said, 2013 is my year for kitchen DIY. While looking for inspiration for my own space, I stumbled across some delicious focal-point-colour-pop ideas that really only entail a lick of paint on a wall or table to transform the space.
In keeping with Lauren’s blog post yesterday about the Brazilian Brights being a huge design influence in 2013, you’ll notice that most of the images have colour that is deliciously vibrant, tropical and bursting with all the energy that the colour of South America seems to conjure up.
You may recognize these two images from the colour trends post earlier this week… Both feature Colour of the Year emerald green (better known as Dragon’s Hide G2-C1-1 in Plascon’s 2013 Colour Forecast Range) incorporated into the space in a dining table, but you could just as easily use the colour on a wall – as in the picture below… This just so happens to be a tiled example, but obviously tiling is a rather expensive business whereas a painted wall will come down to the cost of the tin and some good old-fashioned elbow grease!
Kitchen Trends 2013
Also highlighted was the colour yellow (specifically Golden Daffodil Y3-A1-1). I love using this sunshine yellow colour with an accent of orange (as seen below); the two energy-saturated tones play wonderfully off one another and give a fresh citrusy zing to any space 😉 And, of course, one could go vice versa too in your kitchen colour-pops – i.e. orange washes (Plascon’s Hot ‘n Spicy R6-B1-1) with accents of yellow…
Then there’s colour of the moment: fuchsia – otherwise or formerly known as “fandango pink”, which I discovered recently. Fuchsia, by the way, is a sort of umbrella term for a myriad of pinks that range from purple-based hues to red-based hues, which means that you can exercise some personal expression in selecting the base that works for you and your particular space…
And then there’s a personal favourite of mine: shocks of royal, electric and cerulean blue… You can see how even though in some of the below images the colour is the slightest of visible accents – just a hint of the cabinetry or a few well-chosen décor pieces in otherwise neutral spaces, the impact of those splashes of colourful blue is tremendous!
We hope you enjoy putting the vooma back into your kitchen space with some of these ideas for kitchen trends 2013!