Timeless kitchens

Meg & Dan came close to winning this week’s room reveal by designing a kitchen which felt homely, light and social.

The appeal of this kitchen is it wouldn’t need to be replaced for at least 10 years and is attractive to many buyers in the market.

Also, the appliances in this kitchen stood out, including two different cooktops, the four burner gas hob and the induction – all from Noel Leeming, the LED stripped-out lights and even two sinks. The colour palette and bold design gave this kitchen a timeless feel.

As Resene Colour Expert, Carolyn Atkinson points out kitchens are less likely to follow the latest colour fashion trends. A kitchen is an expensive room to install so most of us are keen to make sure they last the distance. Classic and timeless is appealing, which is why whites and off-whites are often used in kitchens.

“It’s a practical choice but doesn’t have to be boring. One element in a kitchen that is easily changed with paint is the wall colour. And because there normally isn’t much wall space showing in a kitchen where cabinets dominate, you can update your colour choices without too much risk.”

Black and white kitchens accented by plants are one on-trend look that, when done well, will look classic for many years to come. Resene Bokara Grey is a current favourite for cabinetry. Resene Nero is also popular, as is the deep grey of Resene Fuscous Grey, teamed with off-whites like Resene Black White.

If you decide to hire a professional to paint or refinish your cabinetry, make sure they use the Resene colour and the Resene AquaLAQ paint finish so you get the genuine colour you have chosen. Many homeowners have horror stories of off white kitchens looking pink because the joinery supplier has tried to substitute a lower quality paint in the wrong colour.

Of course, you don’t necessarily need to fully renovate your kitchen if your carcass is still in good condition and you’re happy with the layout, or working to a really, really tight budget. A lick of paint can be transformational. The Resene AquaLAQ range, for example, provides a tough finish that’s ideal for kitchen cabinetry while Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss or Resene Enamacryl gloss can be used over Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer for quick DIY updates. Replace the door handles and you’ll have a whole new look.

Kitchens are considered a wet zone, which means you need to use an enamel, not just the same acrylic paint you used in the lounge. The Resene Kitchen & Bathroom paint range combines antibacterial silver protection and MoulDefender to minimise unwanted nasties in kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.

And remember when considering paint, it’s not just cabinet fronts and walls in the equation – concrete and tile floors can be painted with Resene Walk-on and timber floors can be stained or painted.

By OngkyF