An icon of British Summertime, the Wimbledon tennis championships are upon us once again. It’s an iconic mix of green and white, of strawberries and cream, of timely cheers and good manners. And it’s a great source of inspiration to anyone thinking of home interiors. However you clearly don’t want to explicitly recreate SW19 in your kitchen! So how do you identify the right elements of this great tournament to establish a feeling of crisp Summertime all year round?
The colours that we see around Wimbledon are a prime example of minimalism without monochrome. Think green, white and yellow for a look that screams crisp freshness with a hint of summertime positivity. The very defined colours of Wimbledon demonstrate how sticking to a limited colour palette can construct an elegant and thoughtful space. The kitchen is an ideal room to decorate with these principles in mind. Whether you’re a baker or an entertainer, choose a glass worktop or splash back to introduce a vibrant green to an otherwise muted kitchen colour scheme.
The All England Club is an ever evolving piece of architecture, which can offer inspiration to anyone redecorating or refitting a home. For a corresponding super modern finish, look to glass in your balustrades and worktops. Wimbledon uses glass with attitude! With etching and frosting, the glass that we see around the grounds of Wimbledon are great examples of how you can use glass in a highly personal way. So, why not extend this theme through your home with inclusions of glass form your staircase to your bathroom?
Despite the fact that two courts now benefit from retractable roofs, the great British weather still plays a huge part in the event. And so it does with any domestic space, kitchen or otherwise. Social spaces such as kitchens generally benefit from featuring a touch of the outdoors. This could mean bi-fold doors for that indoor/outdoor flow. Alternatively you can reflect the outside within the room itself. Use materials that benefit from reflectivity to help to diffuse natural light through your kitchen.
Wimbledon's all white uniform rule brings further consistency to the stringent colour palette of the event. So what about your domestic whites? By this we mean soft furnishings, tea towels and suchlike. If you’ve decided to keep the colours to a minimum in your kitchen, don’t forget to extend your concept to the tiny details too. So contrast stark shiny glass worktops with vibrant fixtures and accessories. Or keep the accessories muted against bright or patterned worktop or splash back features.
The Trophy Cupboard
Trophy bling is a great source of inspiration when it comes to glass fronted storage units. What do you wish to display as part of your kitchen refit? From celebratory glassware to collectable crockery, all kitchens have an element of display. Perhaps you even love the look of a well-stocked wine fridge! So consider where you wish to use translucent or transparent glass as well as feature glass.
Strawberries (of course!)
An unforgettable part of Wimbledon that is completely central to its vibe are, of course, strawberries! There's no need to plaster your kitchen with strawberry inspired art though! So put back those strawberry coasters and ditch the strawberry lampshade! Alternatively adorn your kitchen worktop with fresh fruit. This is a wonderful finishing touch that could have an impact on your health! Studies have shown that people who keep fruit on their worktop weigh less than people who don’t. This is probably because keeping fruit easily accessible means that you’re more likely to reach for a strawberry than go in search of a chocolate bar!
If you want to use a concept like Wimbledon as a source of inspiration for a kitchen design, think about the core principles of the event. Colour palettes and an event atmosphere are great places to start. If you’re stuck with a concept, just let us know and we’ll happily get you started!