The Finishing Details of your Dream Kitchen

When it comes to the finish of the kitchen you want to choose what you love instead of following the latest trends. At The Handmade Kitchen Company, we like to choose paint from respectable paint companies such as Farrow & Ball, Little Greene, Dulux and hand-paint them onto our truly bespoke cabinets for a luxurious finish. Because our kitchens are truly bespoke no kitchen is ever the same.

Combine colours and textures using this simple guide below.

Make the island a statement

To introduce a darker colour or an alternative hue into the kitchen is to anchor the island within the room, this is a classic way to combine two colours. Chose a darker hue to be hand-painted onto the island and a lighter tone on the main cabinets to create a two-tone colour scheme.

For our Barnet project a two-tone colour scheme was incorporated into the design where the island became the feature. We hand-painted the main units in an understated stone grey – Purbeck Stone and the island in a soft black with blue undertones – Railings, both by Farrow & Ball.

We have a lovely combination of paint from two paint companies in this other Hadley Wood project; the Slate V165 by Paint and Paper Library which is for the main kitchen furniture including the bookcase and dresser, the other paint is for the island and this is Hicks Blue 208 by Little Greene.

Our client wanted to accuentuate the island base and pedestal table in their kitchen in Hadley Wood by painting these in Chocolate Colour by Little Greene – an almost edible colour. The rest of the bespoke cabinetry is hand-painted in Rolling Fog, again by Little Green and but this time a beautiful, neutral hue.

Our client in the Stock project chose Card Room Green for the island and Slipper Satin for the main areas of furniture – both paints by Farrow & Ball. Card Room Green is a dark grey-green that’s a contemporary hue and comes alive against the Slipper Satin which is a chalky off white.

Our client in the Hatfield Broad Oak project also wanted to contrast two colours together and make the island a focal point. The colours chosen were Basalt 221 for the island and Light French Grey Mid 162 for the other areas of the kitchen – both by Little Greene.

Bold brass hardware

Add a bold statement with brass hardware.

A stunning traditional Lay-On Shaker with large mouldings is what this design is in Chelsea, London. RAL 9016 Traffic White is hand-painted onto the cabinets with sleek brass t-bar handles and round knobs.

Check out this rich blue hand-painted kitchen in Saltby. It was only right for our client to opt for brass handles as the other features they chose were brass also.

The brass handles and knobs chosen in this kitchen looks absolutely sensational against the Navy Blue colour by Little Greene. This London project in Clayhall features an L-shaped design with a large central island with built-in dining table. For the sink area, a gorgeous brass tap from Perrin & Rowe was selected to create a timeless design within the classic shaker.

Aged brass hardware also fills this wonderful kitchen in Golders Green, Barnet. Stunning traditional taps by Perrin & Rowe sit at both sink areas and their matching shell-style pull handles and knobs complement the timeless blue-black hand-painted furniture and the highly desirable Carrara quartz.

Calm and relaxing

When you walk into a tranquil kitchen it is one of the loveliest feelings in the world and choosing a colour palette that is light and bright works so well in creating a calm and relaxing space.

All kitchen cabinets are hand-painted in Little Greene Rolling Fog Light – from the grand entrance hall this pale shade of a classic neutral transforms the space and especailly when paired with the beautiful Arabascato Marble. This gorgeous unique kitchen design lies on the outskirts of London.

Our client in Hatfield Heath was all about creating a peaceful, calming feel in her new handmade kitchen. This brand new project of ours is hand-painted in a two-tone colour palette, both from Farrow & Ball. Indoor plants were added for a zen appeal with wooden textured features to add some warmth.

This charming property in Islington, London is definitely a calm and relaxing space that is filled with our handleless style and large mouldings. The large window with the views of the garden outside and the hand-painted cabinets using Strong White by Farrow & Ball certainly gives us tranquil vibes.

Our client in Cuffley wanted to improve their kitchen design, layout and quality and create a space that’s multi-functional as well as professional. Pointing by Farrow & Ball was chosen for the furniture, which is a warm and delicate white that softens the room. It complements against the sleek look of the award-winning appliances by Sub-Zero Wolf.

Creating a two-tone colour scheme kitchen is another way of creating a tranquil space where you can enjoy with your guests. Our client in Broxbourne created a green and white themed kitchen using Cooking Apple Green – a fresh iconic hue. This colour certainly is charming and makes the room feel fresher and brighter.

Add contrast in other areas

Contrasting against the Shallows colour by Little Green is the Basalt that has been hand-painted onto the island, drinks cabinet and the base units of the office cupboard. Such an elegant contrast with the neutral hue, bold hue and the strong brass colours from the fixtures and fittings.

Adding contrast in other areas of the kitchen goes a long way. For example, this pantry cupboard in the Hatfield Broad Oak project was hand-painted in Basalt 221 by Little Greene a darker hue to the rest of the furniture. Traditional butt-hinges also played a part in the design creating a more classic look and feel.

If you would like to know more on luxury bespoke handmade kitchens by The Handmade Kitchen Company by Nicholas Bridger, contact us today – we look forward to hearing from you. We make your dreams become reality using every inch of space available.

First written Jan 21, updated Nov 22.

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