Textures in the kitchen
By Gary Baker
Sleek and modern is one thing, but how many times do you wish you could do something a bit different with your kitchen? Just like the food we prepare and eat in there, the kitchen can include a variety of patterns and textures. Even though there tend to be less soft furnishings in the kitchen area it doesn’t mean you can’t introduce elements with more tactile qualities.
If you’re considering adding texture to your kitchen, here are our top tips for making it happen…
Tiles have often been a great option for those considering a more textured effect on their walls. Whether you opt for big designs or small mosaic styles, they certainly add something a bit more interesting to the largest spaces in your kitchen, but they can be difficult to maintain and keep clean, particularly the grout in between.
If you want to consider pattern and texture with minimal upkeep, you can now consider Corian. Now available in predesigned sheets in the UK, Corian offers a growing range of textured and patterned designs that are easy to install and a cinch to clean. With no seams or joins to take care of you can just use a cloth and standard household cleaner to take care of your walls, wiping any cooking grease off with ease. Textured Corian panels are available in the full range of 84 Corian colours too so there’s a huge range to suit the most basic to the more intricate of tastes.
Clearly carpets are less appropriate in the kitchen, given the amount of wear and tear and risk of food staining the fibres. They could also prove unhygienic if they absorb the grease and steam from your cooking (yuck!) You don’t have to stick to tiles, though obviously these are a great option and can be laid in a variety of patterns to suit your taste and desired effect.
Textured rubber or wood flooring are a great alternative, available in tiles or boards. Slatted wooden flooring can give a consistent but highly decorative look, as well as a satisfying feel under foot just make sure you protect your feet when preparing food with sharp knives though!
Hints of texture
If the idea of having huge areas of textured material makes you feel nervous, you can always introduce smaller pieces to give your kitchen more interest.
A textured splashback made from retro tiles can add fun as well as an interesting feel to the room, or textured Corian can provide a nonporous solution that will protect painted or papered walls for years to come.
Distressed furniture can also give a great look, even in more minimalist and modern kitchens. Reclaimed wooden cabinets or shelving can draw the eye and bring texture to plain walls as well as bring great contrast to smooth worktops.
Finally, don’t forget that some fabrics will be needed in the kitchen, so you can use that opportunity to bring some texture to the room. If your kitchen has a seating or dining area, you can choose cushions in a variety of materials and textures available from high street department stores and online brands from as little as £3.00.
You could also consider tablecloths and runners, throws, placemats and tea towels to add a splash of texture too, and if you want something truly unique you could opt for something handmade from Etsy where there are a plethora of fresh and quirky designs to choose from at fantastic prices from local sellers.