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How to Get the Dramatic Look

Set the stage to make a big statement with bold and theatrical details against moody backdrops of colour.

Discover how you can take these influences and recreate your own showstopping space…

Kitchen Design: Moody and Marvellous

For many years, light-coloured kitchens have been a popular choice. These days we are seeing a move to the dark side with dramatic coloured cabinetry to create a sleek and sophisticated look.

If you’re going to embrace moody hues, the key is to layer different tones across the room and mix shades of black and grey to create a monotone scheme.

Kitchen ranges such as our Infinity Plus Milano is a sleek and elegant design with the option of a profile for a lavish and modern finish. For example, Milano Ultra in stand-out Nero Satin with matching black profiles evokes a luxe look and feel. 

Alternatively, you can showcase how a traditional kitchen can be completely reimaged with the use of a moody, bold colour palette, such as a Shaker in striking Raven matt.

Worktops: Cool Contrast

From gorgeous granite, stylish quartz, luxury laminate or rustic timber, choose a worktop which gives your cabinets that “wow factor”!

Cool, classy Xena Quartz worktops create a sophisticated finish and work well with any kitchen design. We have a choice of 19 dramatic colours and effects – from bright whites such as Aspen Ice to deep moody blacks like Midnight Starburst.

To add a great touch of warmth to your kitchen, a thick Timber worktop will make a homely, rustic aesthetic. Available in African Teak, Oak or Walnut, each will provide a beautiful contrast.

To create a kitchen with a difference, introduce contrasting textures and tones through layers. A freestanding island with a stunning worktop will become the centrepiece of the kitchen, especially when framing dark coloured units.

Accessories: Go for Drama

Dark and dramatic colours will go with almost anything, you just have to consider your space and make sure everything fuses together.

Accents of gold will completely transform the way your kitchen looks. Glistening gold handles can add a modern edge to a traditional Shaker style or bring a sparkle to a slab frontal. If you’ve opted for a handleless kitchen, why not choose a gold tap?! Your tap is one of the most-used elements of your kitchen, so practicality is as important as looks.

Appliances: Back to Black

When talking about the dramatic look, you want to choose matching black appliances – so you can show off the hardest working parts of your kitchen. 

Integrated dishwashers, hobs, ovens and wine coolers create a sleek finish, in line with a dramatic run of dark cabinets. At Wren, we stock a huge range of kitchen appliances from the biggest brands – and for every budget. Plus, we even have an amazing price match promise so you can get the best price available in the market!

  • If you’re struggling to visualise your dream design, start by making a mood board. This is a great (and fun!) way to discover your own sense of style and help others understand your ideas too.

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