Kitchen & Dining

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As the cornerstone of the home, the kitchen is where we nourish ourselves in more ways than one. It’s where we contemplate thoughts over coffee each morning and regale our loved ones with tales of our day come suppertime. It’s the room we always gravitate to at parties and where we find ourselves, night after night, cathartically braving the built-up dishes. So, as much as the kitchen is a practical, hard-working space, it’s also a personal and lively one. Even if you can’t cook, won’t cook, here are a few ways to put the fun in functional (sorry)…

To create a kitchen that you want to spend time in, approach its décor like you would a living room. Start by thinking about print and colour: whether you opt for bold and bright or dark and dramatic, it will instil you with more joy than a sea of subdued cupboards ever could. Try working the wallpaper into unexpected crevices, too – let it hover above the stove, line a cutlery drawer or peek out from behind an open shelf. Speaking of shelves, line yours with recipe books (who cares if they’re just for show?) alongside displays of your finest crockery – you could even go so far as to match the chinaware with your chosen print or colour scheme. From the verdant fronds of PALMERAL to OPIAs sumptuous poppies, botanical-inspired motifs look (almost) good enough to eat in the kitchen. All it then takes is a few natural ingredients to help soften what can be a rather sterile space – think vases of fresh flowers, pots of culinary herbs and beautiful bowls of fruit. Delicious.

@JELLIOTTBLAKE

INTERIOR: HAUVETTE & MADANI, PROPERTY: DOUAI

COME DINE…

Whether your dining room is open plan or occupies its own cosy nook away from the kitchen, the same rules apply: to connect the space to the rest of the house, simply embellish it with the prints and pieces you love. Conversation-starting wallpaper will set the mood for dinner parties (and after-dinner drinks), while statement lighting and treasured artwork serve up extra slices of drama. To finish off, team your cherished dining table with a few reupholstered chairs. An eclectic mix of seats will create that lived-in, well-loved feel – the trick is to find a unifying link, be it different designs (all of similar heights) decked out in the same fabric or a colour palette that pulls everything together.

The result? A kitchen and dining area you will want to linger in from dawn ’til dusk, a space where you can relax and let your mind wander over a family meal – or while you’re elbow-deep in washing-up suds at the end of the night.

@BECKETTANDBECKETT

@laura_fulmine, @benandersphotographer

INTERIOR: JO BERRYMAN STUDIO, PROPERTY: PENTHOUSE APARTMENT, WEST HOLLYWOOD, LA

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