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Kitchens are all about the finishes

Anyone who has built or renovated a kitchen is aware of the endless lists of decisions there are to be made. What complicates the process is the number and variety of materials that are required, and how best to put them together to make a cohesive design. However, it’s the hardworking appliances, fridge, stove, dishwasher that are at the heart of the well-planned kitchen. They have a colour story too.

I’m often asked if all the major kitchen appliances have to match, and the answer is no. Here are two examples.

After extensive consumer research, GE has come out with a new finish called slate. Inspired by the rich texture and appearance of stone, it’s a warm, grey metallic with a low-gloss finish that is a natural complement to the wide spectrum of wall colours, countertop materials and floor and cabinetry finishes found in most homes. The appliances are finished with bold brushed metal handles or knobs, which add more interest and can connect to other details in the kitchen. In addition, the matte finish is easy to clean and resists finger prints.

Another exciting option is copper. It looks great next to stainless steel; its warm glow complements wood, granite, and tile, and enhances all kitchen colours with its rich patina. Hand-hammered copper catches the light in a way that no other metal can, and creates a warm inviting look. Pairing a Premier Copper Products hood (or copper sink and faucets) with peachy pink tiles and paint develops an interesting yin and yang quality of rustic and refined or masculine and feminine that works in urban and rural homes. Copper is easy care, requiring only warm water and mild soap to clean, and the surface of the copper is naturally antibacterial.

Debbie Travis’ House to Home column is produced by Debbie Travis and Barbara Dingle. Email questions to house2home@debbietravis.com. Follow Debbie on Twitter at www.twitter.com/debbie_travis, and www.debbietravis.com.

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