Caroline Cook, Freelance editor & stylist
“There’s something really special about choosing a kitchen; it’s important to reflect your personality and your lifestyle. Astral Blue is the one for me as it combines my love of urban colour with sleek ordered materials and yet has all the personality to create a family friendly living space. It seems to effortlessly marry practical day-to-day activity with open-plan living, making it easy to shamelessly merge rustic wooden accessories with crystal chandeliers and get away with breaking any and every style rule.
“The steel blue high gloss is a gorgeous colour – the finish reminds me of a beautiful motor car but with the warmth of platinum which reflects light and maximises space. I love to combine surprising elements when designing a room, especially colour and material and Astral makes this easy: It looks equally fabulous teamed with stainless steel, white Corian or dark lounge-style walnut. Try designing yours with more than one work surface and add your own element of surprise with open shelving in a bright colour such as red or turquoise. I am going that extra mile by adding a run of four Astral blue wall cupboards in my lounge to create a wall hung media unit, topped with a dark walnut work surface. Or do I go mad and wrap the whole thing in white Corian?”