The kitchen is the heart of many a house. When New York colour expert Eve Ashcraft considers colours for a kitchen she always starts by looking at the materials in the room.
Kitchens tend to have a lot of different surfaces and textures co-habiting. Slate floors, ceramic tiles, chrome equipment and wooden cupboards demand sympathetic attention. Cooking utensils too, butchers’ blocks, copper pots, earthenware dishes and patterned crockery all lend their presence. So, not surprisingly many kitchens are predominantly white. White reflects light sources and helps with visibility, which is a matter of safety as well as utility. The question then is which white? For tips on this and a thousand and one other design decisions we recommend Eve Ashcraft’s excellent and beautifully illustrated book ’The Right Color’.