For a long time, the kitchen was a functional room and was treated as such aesthetically. The best way to check clinical cleanliness was against a light background; built-in cupboards and kitchen appliances were clad appropriately in classic white. Today, the kitchen is more a place for us: a communicative living room and above all, a sensual living space. Its colours have been updated too. The trend towards darker shades in recent years, from dove grey to elegant black, can also be seen on work surfaces, front panels and walls. Lighting is the most important factor in dark interiors. Whereas there was a simple ceiling light in the past, today’s dramatic ambience is supported by strategically-placed spotlights and concealed LED strips. In keeping with a cosy atmosphere, individual areas are highlighted whilst others are left in darkness – and with an intelligent lighting system, the mood can be digitally controlled to match the time of day and atmosphere.
With interiors ranging from grey to black, strategically-placed spotlights focus attention on the dining table or work surface. ©shutterstock