Fruit is as delectable in kitchen design as it is in the cuisine prepared there. Whether your kitchen is a traditional, historic interior, a fanciful modern design or a warm country retreat for serving hearty soups and homemade fruit pies, a touch---or a lot---of fruit colours and patterns can liven things up and inspire some healthy breakfasts, snacks and desserts.
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"Fruit," or "Pomegranate," is a pattern designed in 1864 by William Morris. It has been widely copied and can be purchased as a fabric for making curtains, napkins, tablecloths or chair covers, or as wallpaper. The design is used in wallpaper that covers a room above the chair rail in the Spenser Mansion Wing of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. In that setting, it is paired with chairs manufactured between 1866 and 1920---the wallpaper pattern is a contemporary of the furniture. It could as easily be used in a traditional kitchen in the same design layout---above a chair rail that separates painted bead board from the patterned wall above. A reproduction breakfast set of chairs and table with placemats in the same Pomegranate design will give a period feel to the kitchen.
Bright Provencal fabrics turn a kitchen into a sojourn to southern France. The beautiful fabrics with painterly apples, strawberries, peaches, cherries, oranges slices and the general bounty of the region can be paired with a high gloss primary coloured wall and terra cotta tile floors or an all-white kitchen for a cheerful, welcoming room. Provencal fabric originally came from India during the trade route explorations of the 17th century. The vivid colours and bold designs were an instant hit and the Provencal artisans adapted Indian designs to include their local flora and a casual and sunny palette that is still popular today.
A contemporary kitchen makes use of fruit designs and motifs with accessories and fabrics. A pattern of apricot and strawberry leaves, computer overlaid and slightly abstract, could be the colourful accent on chair cushions or appliance covers. A fruit bowl made of curved pieces of wood that fan out to hold apples or peaches and collapse to store when not in use is a conversation piece for the counter or kitchen table. A tiered wire basket with carefully arranged groupings of limes in one basket, lemons in another and oranges or tangerines in a third can look almost sculptural hanging next to a window.
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