The first rule about choosing the finishes for your kitchen is to ignore trends and choose what you love. Nothing else matters! At H|M we love to mix paint finishes with oak / walnut finishes for a truly bespoke finish and one of the things we love about our projects is that they never look like replica kitchens.
Here are a few of our favourite ways to combine colours and textures in a kitchen…
1 / A N C H O R T H E I S L A N D
A classic way to combine colour is to use a considerably darker colour on the island to create a contrast and really anchor the island within the room. In the Cobham project pictured above, the clients chose H|M Brolly Blue for the island, and H|M Lapel for the perimeter.
Similarly at the Warwickshire project above, the island is finished in H|M Bowler Black with H|M Mainsail used on the perimeter to create a beautiful contrast that works particularly well with the brushed brass hardware.
2 / B O L D A S B R A S S
At the Blackheath project the clients chose H|M Bowler Black for the French canopy and it looks absolutely sensational.
The boot room at the Cotswolds country house project has Nickleby cabinetry finished in H|M Lock & Load which pairs beautifully with the aged brass hardware.
The walk in pantry at the Kent project is finished entirely in H|M Soot for a bold statement. This is a lovely way of being bold with colour on a smaller scale.
3 / P A L E & I N T E R E S T I N G
Walking into a serene kitchen is one of the loveliest feelings in the world and choosing a colour palette that brings a supremely calm look and feel worked so well in these projects below.
The Cranbrook project uses H|M Lapel on the perimeter and H|M Farthing on the island for a truly calm look and feel.
The colour palette at the Cranbrook project was inspired by the Georgian farmhouse project in Hampshire which uses the exact same colour palette.
4 / H I G H C O N T R A S T
A little contrast always goes a long way and not just on the island…
The artisan shelves and cabinetry in this walk in pantry are finished in H|M Bowler Black with the walls finished in a pale off-white for a fabulous contrast.
Similarly in this Longford pantry in the Felsted showroom the walls and shelving are finished in H|M Linen, with H|M Helm used on the pantry tables below. Black Tempal Caesarstone worktops provide the perfect balancing divide.
5 / A U N A T U R E L
This Spenlow kitchen is finished entirely in H|M Greenwich oak – a bespoke black stain that lets the beauty of the natural oak shine through. All other aspects of the room were designed to balance with this finish perfectly.
The absolutely incredible project in Holland Park is finished entirely in American walnut – a super luxurious and exquisite timber finish for a kitchen.
Last but not least, a most special mention for the H|M weathered Smithfield oak finish. The number of processes and amount of effort that goes into the finishing of the Smithfield oak far belies the simplistic look and feel of this bespoke finish. A weathered oak (the texture is exquisite) that is a testament to the creativity and perseverance of the finishing team at H|M – a year of R&D was required to achieve the perfect finish.