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I must admit when we first looked at our current rental property I didn’t quite know what to make of the bright orange laminate kitchen bench tops. Even upon moving in I wasn’t sure how to work a decor in with their intensity. For a long time I did nothing, hoping that the minimal look elsewhere would somehow tone down their vibrancy. Unsuprisingly this approach came with little success.

A few weeks ago I decided to bite the bullet, to embrace the unchangeable colour of the bench tops and have a play around with oil paint on canvas in an attempt to fill the neglected blank kitchen wall.

When looking for inspiration on colour and pattern its hard to go past the Aztecs. Imbedded with in their landscapes, furnishings and fashion is a considered approach to the mish mash of shapes, colour and repetition. Something I saw as a fitting approach to my kitchen decoration.

Images by Caitlin Perry

Images by Caitlin Perrya

All in all the kitchen now feels like a space that embraces  its vibrant 1970’s decor and has a little fun with the clashing of colour and form.

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