Balancing Color + Sophistication In Kitchen Design, With Studio Doherty + Laminex

How typically have you ever seen photos of a kitchen in {a magazine} however been unable to seek out any particulars in regards to the merchandise?

The Laminex designer collaboration is an annual challenge that not solely showcases an inspiring kitchen by an acclaimed native studio, however consists of an actual breakdown of the featured merchandise so you possibly can recreate the take a look at residence!

This 12 months, Laminex have teamed up with Studio Doherty to design the Scoop kitchen. The challenge is a masterclass in color, showcasing the studio’s signature playful aptitude, together with ‘simply the correct amount of kooky.’

Learn on as Studio Doherty proprietor and director Mardi Doherty shares how the challenge got here collectively, and click on on the product blocks all through this story to find the person merchandise she used!

Begin with the texture and performance

Any kitchen is primarily a useful area designed for a particular function, so the structure ought to at all times be your first consideration.

To information this determination, contemplate the way you’d like your kitchen to really feel. It’s possible you’ll want a relaxing and contained area the place storage is the precedence, or one thing extra open that invitations others to have interaction with the area often and in a extra informal method.

Hero supplies must be warmth and stain resistant, simple to scrub, and be capable to stand up to the inevitable knocks that include on a regular basis dwelling.

‘Our basic strategy when designing a kitchen is to stability persona with the sensible facet of a kitchen,’ says Mardi Doherty.

‘We’ll at all times begin with the structure, and decide one of the best useful design for the kitchen, after which hone into the finishes and types … All of our kitchens have a way of drama sprinkled over a sensible base!’

Get artistic with color

Now for the enjoyable half — color! Fashionable kitchens are sometimes white or black, however there’s actually a whole lot of colors to select from throughout quite a lot of supplies, all designed with kitchen use in thoughts.

Within the Scoop kitchen, Studio Doherty opted for contrasting shades of calming blues, clay, earthy greens, and even a pop of yellow.

‘We began with a impartial base of Laminex Paper Bark AbsoluteMatte for the backbench, then paired this with the smoky timber grain Laminex Smoked Birchply to the island bench that gives a stunning softness to the area,’ says Mardi.

Don’t neglect to customize the within of your kitchen cabinets and drawers: the proper place to play and showcase a vibrant block color!

Within the Scoop kitchen, daring block color is just revealed when opening a drawer, or the pantry cabinet doorways, which function inspiring shades of Moroccan Clay, Peacock, Metal Blue and Olivine.

Experiment with texture

Color isn’t the one place to combine up contrasting supplies.

Within the Scoop kitchen, Studio Doherty have included texture by way of quite a lot of clashing materials finishes — from timber grain to gloss.

‘We challenged ourselves by attempting to make use of as many alternative finishes as potential, and to embrace distinction!’ says Mardi.

‘We designed the freestanding pantry in Laminex Mirror Smoke laminate. Its extremely reflective nature gives a robust distinction to the opposite finishes.’

Model with soul

The completion of any kitchen lies within the choice of home equipment, furnishings and ornamental objects.

In Scoop, Studio Doherty made the daring determination to introduce a pop of brilliant yellow through the kitchen stools, to essentially elevate the area.

Don’t be afraid to attract on quite a lot of influences in your styling, on this challenge, for instance Studio Doherty seemed to parts of hospitality design for inspiration.

‘We prefer to borrow concepts from hospitality, together with open cabinets, different textured finishes, ornamental lights, and built-in seating,’ says Mardi.

‘We additionally incorporate our purchasers persona and quirks into the area, and design a kitchen that displays them.’

View extra in regards to the Laminex x Studio Doherty collaboration, and order free samples of the finishes used on this kitchen right here!