From functionality to the aesthetics, the dark, rich hues featured throughout add to a feeling of luxury, inviting visitors to stay and enjoy the space.
‘People are now less afraid of darker colours closing down interior spaces,’ Darren says. ‘Big open rooms can handle dark colour and can change the feel of a space, ending with a moody and sophisticated result.’
But he emphasises that an important benefit to a deep palette is that more than one colour can feature in a room: ‘The dark colours can allow for more variety in material and texture of the floors, furniture and decorative details. They all work cohesively together in the space.’
The choice of materials in this striking kitchen also offer a deft contrast between light and shade.
‘We wanted to offset the dark wall running around the perimeter of the kitchen by lightening up the island bench with a cladded porcelain product from Laminam,’ Darren adds.
Connecting the two is a timber feature on the island bench, painted with a walnut servery and shelving on the back wall, creating a contrast between the two areas. ‘Walnut is a timber with a soft, warm tone that pairs really well with the soft greys and blacks of the kitchen.’
A stand-out feature above the custom-cladded island bench is without a doubt the brass detailed lighting fixture, suspended to elegantly zig-zag from the ceiling above. With accents of gold, silver and bronze, the overall effect is powerful; further serving to balance the room’s light and dark elements.
‘There are still downlights in the ceiling above the kitchen,’ Darren explains, ‘but, when these are dimmed, the pendant light with soft LED strip lighting creates a warm, and totally different atmosphere in the space.’