1. Trend alert – navy blue has traversed the catwalk, the living room and is now making itself known in the kitchen. If an eclectic vibe calls to your soul, consider contrasting the commercial look of stainless steel with pretty cut glass, crockery and even a gold ornate frame!
2. Once upon a time, an appliance garage was a must. Now bi-fold doors can conceal more than the kettle and toaster. With the doors pulled shut, you’d struggle to guess this is a kitchen. Perhaps the stovetop and sink in the island might give it away.
3. Make a feature of your splashback using wood panelling or veneer, and floating shelving – a smart contrast to the navy of the island. Match it to the timber top of your island, which is a design stand-out. Notice how the benchtop wraps down one side while there’s an overhang opposite and at the front. The honey timber makes for a smart contrast to the navy of the base unit.
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.