August 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm #7337
Hope someone can offer me some advice as I am finding it quite difficult to visualise what we should be doing.
We have extended our kitchen (almost finished) and we ordered our kitchen several months ago and it is expected to be fitted in the next few weeks. The kitchen we ordered is a black gloss and the worktop is a glossy black cloud effect laminate. We will also have black glass upstands around the worktop with a larger splashback behind the hob and under the cooker hood which is black glass with a contrasting white floral pattern through it.
We have to start painting the walls soon and really don’t know where to start as far as colour goes. I have resigned myself to the fact that it will probably have to be white, but will a plain white be far to stark and clinical? I have seen the ‘hint of’ colours but don’t know if it should still be a neutral colour or should be use a hint of a colour? I would like to, if it’s likely to work, have a feature wall which is a bold and bright colour. How is best to decide which wall to make your feature wall, are there rules as to where it is or where the window or doors are? We have a beam in the middle of the kitchen where old meets new, this also sticks out a little to one side where it goes flush on the other side. My idea is to make that the coloured wall. However, the cooking are will be kind of closed in with a tall cupboard to one side and this partition wall to the other end of the worktop – would it be a better idea to have this a darker wall?
Next is flooring. I really want a dark floor, I want that really modern feel, almost ‘wine bar’ like. I originally considered a wooden or wooden effect floor, but I have since decided I really want a black on the floor. It’s just, how do I have a black floor without turning my kitchen into a dark hole? We are thinking vinyl as it is easier and cheaper. Do I need to have a tile effect to break it up? Should it have sparkly flecks through it to catch the light. Or should it just be a simple black with maybe a cloud/marble effect through it?
Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Should say, the kitchen is approx 2.5m wide by 5.5m long and there is a 1.8m wide window at the end of the room. Wish I could draw it as it is much easier to show than to describe!
MargaretAugust 24, 2011 at 10:23 am #7338
Sorry Margaret but I just can’t visualise your room. Do you have any plans/pictures of it we could see? With black units, worktops, splashbacks and floor – it does sound awfully black! What about grey for the floor?
Pale fawns and beiges are a good, warmer alternative to white – without introducing a definite colour – and then your accent colour/feature wall could be any colour you like.August 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm #7339
I am trying to attach a floor layout but it wont let me. Any ideas of how I can do this?August 26, 2011 at 8:22 am #7335
We’ve had a few changes to our plans. Have had to change the plans with the original splashbacks supplied by the kitchen company as the glass is toughened and can’t be cut to fit round our corners in the kitchen – why they sold it to us I do not know! But anyway, the fitter has his own business and can get us custom sized pieces to fit our kitchen. This has meant we have looked into the different colour possibilities and I have persuaded hubby to go for a purply/wine sort of colour, we seen something we liked on ‘tradesplashbacks’ website it is in the gallery, RAL4007. So this is going to bring our colour into the kitchen, rather than going for the feature wall. We will have a 140mm upstand right round the worktop and a 600x750mm splashback behind the hob.
We have bought our paint now, have gone for dulux kitchen ‘jasmine white’ which is a slightly off white, we think that will be the best to lighten up all the black.
So now we are left with the floor still. We will be getting vinyl, that’s a definite. I would like black and sparkly that will catch the light from the plinth lights, but don’t know if this is too much. We did see one that was black with a silvery grey in it, this was a sort of hatch pattern – not sure if that’s the best way to describe it. But it was lot’s of small lines of the different black and silvery and grey, which was patterned in a tile, really doesn’t help does it, lol! It reminds me of my mums old parquet wooden floor, it had the line of the wood going at 90 degree angles to each other, I think it’s called hatch. Anyway, it was almost like a brush stroke of colours, so not lines as such but they were in squares and tiled or hatched at 90 degree angles over the whole pattern of the vinyl. Can you visualise – probably not, lol!
Anyway, if you can, does this sound too much, too little? Can you offer any do’s and don’ts for our size of kitchen. One of the carpet companies mentioned we needed larger tile effect and not small tile effect. We don’t want it to look too busy either. I want subtle with a hint of sparkly wow!(can you even get such a combination?)
If this all sounds a bit weird and odd or you really can’t visualise it, then can you offer advice based on the scheme I have told you so far? Definitely don’t want a light coloured floor.
As far as the layout of the kitchen goes, I did try adding a floor plan but I can’t seem to add attachments, so not sure how to show you.
I’ll try to describe, but I may make it more complicated!
You enter the kitchen from the hall way, and straight in front of you at the far end is a 1800mm wide, 3panel window. There is another door to the right which leads to our dining room. These doors and all skirtings are a pine coloured wood. To the left of the first door you come in, there will be a tall oven/microwave housing cupboard. Then worktop from that up to the partition wall (which used to be the old back wall). This worktop is 2200mm long. The hob sits in the worktop 300mm from the left (the tall cupboard with oven), it’s a 600mm hob. Centred above the hob is a cooker hood, it’s a decorative glass one that is a square that sort of sits at the wall at an angle, but that doesn’t really matter. To the right side of this wall, there is a 600mm cupboard starting from the partition wall, and then a small curved cupboard to the left of it (so nearest to the cooker hood). To the other side of the partition wall, there is a door that leads to the utility room and no more cupboards. Right, that’s 1 wall!
To the right hand side, just after the 2nd door, the wall stretches the whole way down to the window. There will be a freestanding american f/f next to the door, approx 910mm wide. Then worktop right down to the end. Under the worktop I have a 300mm cupboard, a 150mm wide wine cooler, then a 1200mm space for a breakfast bar. At the other side of this a 400mm cupboard and a 1162mm? magic corner cupboard. On the walls of this side from the fridge freezer, there is a 450mm cupboard, then 2 x 600mm 1/2 height cupboards, which have a frosted glass door (so the breakfast bar area is more open), then I think it is a 450mm then a 1000mm cupboard after that.
Round to the window wall, the worktop goes right round the corner and has about 400mm gap to the left hand end – perfect for a bin. The base cupboards starting from the right hand corner are 500mm drawers, then a 600mm cupboard under the sink and a 600mm freestanding dishwasher, which has an end panel to it’s left to finish off the worktop.
The window we have had put in is white, but the window sill and the new skirtings and door are wooden so we would be staining them to match the colour of the existing doors.
Sorry for this massive post – I hope I have helped you visualise it and not complicated it more. I would appreciate any advice that you can give as far as the floor goes.
Many thanksAugust 29, 2011 at 9:57 am #7376
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Thanks Majjie for offering your advice and expertise on thisAugust 29, 2011 at 10:43 am #7373
Thanks for the tip Tim.
Here is an image of a floor plan. We’ve not had any 3D images of the kitchen so it’s been hard to visualise it, although I am slowly starting to see how it’s going to work a bit better now that the extension is nearly finished and we have painted the walls now.
I have got sizes on the picture, hopefully you can see them and that along with my long winded description should help you visualise it all a bit better.
I appreciate any advice or suggestions as far as the floor colour go. To sum up again, we have black gloss cupboards, black gloss plinths with led lights, led lights under the wall cabinets and a cloudy black/grey gloss laminate. The walls have all been painted matt ‘jasmine white’, a slightly off white. We are planning on having a magenta sort of purple upstand round all the worktop and a splashback behind the 600mm hob. For ceiling lights we have 2 x 3-spot lights, one centred in the old part of kitchen and one centred in the new part. These have ‘cool’ led light bulbs in them as the design of the fitting has small led’s in a star and the cool bulbs match them – I know that’s a bit detailed, but it’s to give you an idea of lighting (although we would probably use the wall cupboard lighting most of the time). I want the floor to be as stylish and modern as possible. It will be vinyl we use. I would like to have some sparkle or silver in it to catch the light, but this is maybe not necessary and would be too much? Like I said before, I want it to be subtle but wow, and that perfect finish to the rest of the kitchen.
Thanks for any help you can give me, I really appreciate you taking your time to think about it.
MargaretAugust 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm #7367
Hi Again Margaret,
OK, I can follow what you’re talking about now. I still think you need your floor not to be black. Black high gloss units look great – but they need to be set off by a background that isn’t the same colour. They’ll look all the more black then. Exactly what shade of floor you go for I can’t really say. It needs to go with both your splashbacks and the worktop.
I also haven’t looked at vinyl for a while. If you can get a tile effect of – say – 600 x 600 tiles I think that would look ok. I also quite like the 600 x 300 oblong ones. I do agree that 300 x 300 is a bit boring … but it all depends on the colour, I think. A subtle glitter would be ok – especially if the surface finish isn’t too glossy.
I think the worst choice would be black glossy tiles:
Here are 600 x 600 grey ones:
And here are 600 x 300 grey ones – a different grey:
It’s your kitchen, though! (P.S Don’t ask to see the other side of the kitchen – there isn’t one – plus I don’t think you’ll have a gap for the bin).August 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm #7368
WOW!!! I can’t believe you managed to put that together, thank you so much. You have virtually pictured my kitchen and that helps me so much.
I see exactly what you mean about the black floor, my favourite that you’ve shown is the last one. I think I prefer the oblong tile to the square tile and I prefer the slightly darker colour to it. So would you say that’s more a black with a grey cloud/marble through it?
I just can’t thank you enough for doing this, I have a much better idea of how it will look and it also confirms we were right to go for the light Walls.
Can’t wait to go looking for the floor now, although we’ve just had a set back on the kitchen delivery by 3 weeks so now got 5 weeks to wait til they start fitting.
Thank you, thank you and thanks againAugust 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm #7369
No problem! The last tile is just a mottled grey – with a bit of black in it and even a hint of brown – which gives an overall effect of dark grey.October 18, 2011 at 8:47 am #7465
Just wanted to update you, if you are interested in the ‘almost’ finished product! For the floor we went with a diamond pattern which is black with grey clouding, but mostly black to keep that modern feel and not end up with a slate look. We still have to get the splashbacks done, we are going for a colour called violet purple (RAL4007) we think! Waiting for the sample to come through to check we are happy with that.
Here are a few photos of it as it is just now. We are very very pleased with it and I was very grateful of the computer images you gave me, I referred back to them a lot and they were very helpful.
Thanks for the help – again!
MargaretOctober 18, 2011 at 8:48 am #7462
and p.s. – we do have room for the bin, so I must have given you the wrong measurements to start with, lol!
October 19, 2011 at 7:08 am #7433
I can’t make that link work Margaret – but I’m very glad that things are progressing well (and that the bin fitted)!October 24, 2011 at 11:17 am #7460
Hmm, not sure what I did wrong there, try this – https://picasaweb.google.com/113272944075199519855/August292011?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCJfRkueGpv6SDw&feat=directlinkOctober 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm #7461
Just had a peek at your album. Your kitchen looks great, radical even. You must be pleased with the result now you can show it off to fiends and family
I’d like to thank Majjie again for her input and if you’re a tweeter you can follow Majjie on Twitter – her address is http://twitter.com/Majjie
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