Anyone who follows photographer Rachael Wilshaw on Instagram will know she loves to decorate her home with bold, dark shades - and her beautiful new kitchen is no different.
Rachael has created a stunning open space where the whole family can eat, do homework and relax together.
She chatted to us about what she wanted to achieve with her dream kitchen - and how she makes her trademark bold colours work.
“The design of our kitchen is very important to me and my family.
“That’s why we’ve gone through this renovation as - although the old kitchen wasn’t small - it was divided into three separate rooms.
“It was important to us to create a larger space we could do everything in - we wanted to spend time together as a family.
“Now it’s all opened up, that’s exactly what we do: it’s become a modern, family space - plus I’ve incorporated all the design touches I love.
“For example, I’ve always wanted a marble work surface - but I wasn’t sure it was the right choice for us as it would need a lot of looking after.
“Then quartz worktops from Gemini Worktops caught my eye. I got in touch and it was a really fast and efficient service - I was really impressed.
“Gemini’s Calacatta Silver Superior was the perfect solution as it has the same heavy-veined marble look I love, but there’s a lot less maintenance needed.
“The worktops and the walls are light colours, which is a good contrast to the dark green worktops I’ve chosen.
“My kitchen is south-facing, so it's a light, bright room and the dark colours really work.
“A lot of people are afraid to use dark colours, especially in small rooms - but I think they can add some interest.
“It’s important to also add some contrast, though, so you’re not just walking into a black box.
“You can have a light-coloured ceiling, flooring and furniture, for example.
“Colour confidence comes with experience - I first tried decorating with darker shades a long time ago, when I was living in Dubai with my friend.
“Our apartment was very bare and modern - so we thought ‘let’s just try painting a wall black’!
“We loved it! Since then, in each house I’ve lived in, I’ve always gone dark.
“I love how moody and cosy it can make a room, especially a big room. I think it kind of draws it in.”
Rachael chose Gemini Quartz in Calacatta Silver Superior for her kitchen worktops, island and upstands - plus a floating shelf to make the most of an unused corner and a handy little additional shelf behind the range cooker.
She also opted for an AXIX sink, supplied and fitted by Gemini Worktops.
Rachael's kitchen project is in progress! We’ll update the story in our Kitchen Stories inspo pages as Rachael’s beautiful kitchen and extra-large island comes to life!
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