Home Beautiful’s May mag is their “Colour Issue”.  I have been looking forward to this one in particular as I contributed to the article about adding colour to your kitchen. I just love the dark walls in this cover shot.  Its something you will start to see more of and I love it.  I will post about that trend soon.

The story starts on page 125.

Ironically I am desperate to change my coloured splashback in the kitchen.  I would like to replace it with caesarstone and just keep the colour in accessories as I have mentioned in this article. Its going to be expensive and messy to change my splashback, but at the time I was completed committed to a huge colour injection.  I take my own advice now and keep the colour in my kitchen in accessories only.

I have taken my tips about adding colour out so you can read as these images too small.


By far the simplest way to add spice to a space is with a feature colour. Stick to a single shade and choose a few key items, as big or small as you like. “Citrus shades are all the rage right now and are an ideal accent colour,” says Angie Hinchliffe, colour consultant for Inspirations Paint & Colour. “Red is also a no-fail accent colour; not only does it pair well with black, grey and white tones, it’s also a colour known to stimulate the appetite.” Position accents at different levels to achieve a unified look.


If the thought of benchtop clutter sends you running, utilise shelving and unusual nooks and crannies. “Colourful plates, cookbook spines, piles of bright linen, glassware and vintage teacups look gorgeous and impart a real sense of personality when stacked on shelves,” says Angie. If you can’t part with your white china, do the very opposite – pale crockery stacked on boldly coloured bookshelves looks just as fabulous!


“If you’re keeping your cabinetry and benchtops neutral, a glass splashback is a fantastic way to add a dash of dazzle,” says Angie. Go high-tech with Laminex’s ‘Metaline’, a super-resistant splashback available in 12 glossy colours, or evoke a breezy Mediterranean look with jewel-hued mosaics. Prints on Glass customises splashbacks with your choice of wallpaper or photography


Banish the beige! Cabinets decked out in brilliant hues marry serious style with practicality. “High-gloss cabinetry looks amazing, while highly textured surfaces hide a multitude of sins,” says Angie. Don’t feel you need to go all out – adding bright doors, such as Laminex’s ‘ColourTech’ doors (from $75, visit laminex.com.au) or Ikea’s ‘Rubrik’ doors  (from $25), to your existing cabinets will add instant pizazz for minimal cost.


This is a super issue and well worth a good read.  My bestie is building a house and she declared it the best issue of any mag she has read in the last year with loads of great ideas she will be using in her new home.

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  • Vanessa Mackay December 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    My husband and I are soon to build a home and I have had a lovely time tonight looking through your blog.

    • Angie January 28, 2013 at 4:31 am

      Thanks Vanessa, I am so delighted you enjoyed the blog.Thanks for the feedback! Angie

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