The Rayburn is a genuine little workhorse, a classic cast iron cooker that can create mouth-watering meals, heat your domestic water and keep your home cosy. Working the same way as their sister brand, the AGA, they bring indirect heat into play for superbly moist and tasty food. And the choice of fuels is fantastic, including oil, natural gas, propane gas, wood and solid fuel. It’s a classic design choice for good looking contemporary kitchens. And it’s creating a real design stir.
How come? It’s the colours. The latest palette is exciting interior designers and consumers alike, with fourteen key shades to choose from. And – if you really want to really push the design boat out – there’s even custom colours available too.
So what’s the latest in kitchen interior design trends? The range cooker itself is becoming a bigger player in the general scheme of things. Once a mere appliance, today the range plays a starring role, with the colour leading and informing consumer interiors choices.
As well as regulation black, dark clue, chocolate, cream and white there’s British Racing Green, an all time classic colour that goes beautifully with rich Victorian-style burgundies and plums, purples and deep cherry reds. As well as making a wonderfully crisp contrast with pure white walls. There’s golden yellow and heather, Wedgewood – a lovely sky blue – and claret, pewter and jade, aubergine and pistachio, delightfully French and the perfect centrepiece for a shabby chic kitchen where the whole family can relax in comfort and style.
The hottest trend is to treat range cookers as the driver of the room’s design. Instead of trying to merge it in to the background, today’s designers are grabbing the range by the horns using it to inspire the rest of the room. So a heather Rayburn might suit in a cream, lavender, heather and cerise room, the colour accentuated and picked up by chair covers and cushions, rugs and blinds, curtains and flooring. And a rich jade green cooker might sit in design splendour amid shining antique golds, pale leafy greens and rich, buttery creams to create a contemporary kitchen design with a real difference.
Black, white, pewter and cream ranges go with virtually everything, a good move if you’re passionate about interiors and change your kitchen’s look every year or two. Aubergine is ideal for strong, definite, masculine kitchens and looks fantastic teamed with ‘70s tangerine orange on the walls and black gloss paint on your woodwork. Wild? Probably. But memorable, stylish and unique too. As far as kitchen interiors are concerned, anything goes!