How to Design the Kitchen of Your Dreams


This kitchen is dark, dramatic and sleek. The graphite handle-less units create a bold statement without being cluttered, and the near-black Dekton Bromo worktop adds further depth and texture. Ashley Jay explains that this dark-on-dark palette works so well as it is balanced by the two walls of glass in the extension and the light this provides. This light is then reflected further through the use of off-white walls and an antique mirror splashback. The dark cabinets are also broken up by the added texture of vintage oak panels – a lovely tip for adding personality, layering materials and creating interest. 

But based on this stunning kitchen, Ashley Jay’s advice is to be brave with colour: richer, darker colours do not need to bring doom or gloom, provided the lighting and balance of the space is done correctly. In fact dark worktops are having a real resurgence in both modern-industrial kitchens and even traditional designs, but Ashley Jay suggests sticking to a matt or textured finish for an up-to-date version and to avoid maintenance pitfalls. “Polished black worktops were always a nightmare to keep clean, banish those watermarks and ramp up the tactile enjoyment of your worktop with matt and textured options if you are looking to go to the dark side.”