Green is a popular colour for kitchen design, not only for its bold and fresh tones but also because of its versatile use with many other colours. As green is a very natural colour, an urban jungle themed look is an obvious progression. This style of kitchen design is sweeping across the UK and has been spurred on by the increasing popularity of houseplants. In this post, we take a look at some techniques that you can use to achieve this striking style in your kitchen.
Muted, pastel or contemporary neutral shades of green work particularly well when looking to create a jungle-inspired design. For instance, Farrow & Ball’s Card Room Green is a dark grey-green that creates a subdued atmosphere – or Dix Blue, a warm green with a relaxed vintage feel. Of course, you do not have to use paint. Green tiles or wallpaper can be used to introduce additional textures and patterns. Grandeco wallpaper features a botanical tropical leaf pattern which would suit a jungle theme very well. Aaronson™ tiles, on the other hand, have an interesting textured and a gloss finish which adds a slight reflective quality.
Although you could use colours on your cabinet frontals and worktops that complement the colours on your walls, the best effect for an urban jungle kitchen comes from mid-hued timber. There are certain timbers in particular that exhibit these kinds of shades. Beech worktops have a mellow hue and a fine grain pattern that give it warmth and uniformity. Likewise, cherry also has a warm colour, however, the grain pattern is much more distinctive. Caramel bamboo has a rich golden colour that would beautifully complement the greens mentioned above but for a worktop that incorporates both rich mid-tone hues and dramatic grains, Zebrano is hard to beat. It has an animalistic pattern which is synonymous with this style of kitchen design.
Either Shaker or traditional doors can be used but a lacquered finish gives the best result. You can add mid-hues to areas of the wall using splashbacks. A beech laminate kitchen splashback will not only protect your wall but it will add continuity to your design too.
The key feature of this style of kitchen is the plants. In a previous blog post, we looked at The Best Kitchen Plants That Clean the Air, but this was purely from a practical angle. You can let your imagination run wild with this type of kitchen design. Using oversized plants with large leaves – such as bananas or palms – can be very dramatic, especially in a large room. Smaller plants, like herbs, can be grouped together on open shelves and windowsills – just ensure that the plants you choose are suitable for the amount of light your kitchen receives.
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