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modern kitchen_bright-wall_27_07_12This season it’s all about bringing a touch of class to your kitchen with statement hues.

1. Ice, ice, baby!

There used to be a design rule of thumb about never using blue in kitchens, because it was thought to make food look less appetising. These days, interiors have moved on, and kitchens in varying sea shades are an increasingly popular choice for the heart of the home.

One way to transition into blue-kitchen territory is to pick the lightest shade of ice blue you can find, and introduce it in splashbacks, stool covers and crockery.

However, the look works best when you go all out, and a fitted kitchen complete with ice blue cabinets, cupboards and matching kitchen island will create a fresh, modern feel. Keep other colours in the room to a minimum – appliances, crockery and utensils are best kept white, and make sure you have ample storage to stash away clutter.

For real visual impact, incorporate high-gloss white worktops into your design – they’re sure to take centre stage and offset your home cooking perfectly.

Try it: If you want a style statement, this kitchen from is the perfect fit, from £4,995.

2. ‘ol blue eyes

If a complete kitchen colour overhaul is not in the budget, just invest in one large statement appliance that breaks away from the usual stainless steel look. A ‘50s-style retro fridge in red or a pastel hue oven is a great way to spice up the cooking environment. The dash of colour will introduce an interesting, yet functional design focal point without making any major changes.

While an old-school oven can add a more traditional feel to the kitchen, its abilities are anything but out-of-date. Instead it is catered towards the design savvy kitchen queen, with all the latest in features (dual fuel, anyone?) and energy-saving systems.

To complete the look, include a set of pots and pans in a matching hue.

Try it: For a retro revamp, the Elise SE Dual Fuel from will turn up the heat, £2,500.

3. Paint the town red

In need of a quick fix? Reworking a safe, muted colour scheme with a shock of vibrant paint will catapult the look from sterile to stylish in under a day – you can even get the kids involved with a brush and roller, too.

Introducing a sense of fun with a colour wall will give your kitchen its own identity, creating a warm and inviting space for family and friends.

For a room that so often gets overlooked in the chaos of school runs and family dinners, relying on a lick of paint to perk it up means you can easily update the colour to tie in with the rest of your home interiors, and change it frequently to keep up with seasonal colour trends. And because it’s not permanent, you are free to go as bold as you dare, with minimal risk.

Try it: Inject some culinary va-va-voom with a playful red like Blazer from at £48.50 for 2.5 litres.

4. Go acid bright

For a chic, contemporary colour injection, fit a glass splashback in a shocking shade. Not only are they easy to install, but they protect your walls from the liquid assault of an enthusiastic chef – just a swift wipe with a damp cloth after frying, blending or bashing and they’ll be back to gleaming before dinner is served.

For a room where the walls are typically occupied by shelves and cupboards, a bold splashback behind the oven or sink is a practical way to create a feature wall that will lift the surroundings from drab to fab in an instant.

Available in a rainbow range of colours, a single splashback under the hob can look just as striking as using them along the length of your worktops.

Try it: Cheer up the room with a glass splashback in Fuchsia Pink from, £125 +VAT per m2.

This article was first published in at home with Sarah Beeny in August 2012. [Read the digital edition here]

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