By Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Tuesday, May 02nd 2017, 18:17:18 PM.
Mix soft and hard. "My inspiration for hanging this black antique chandelier was to add a sense of sophistication and elegance to the kitchen space" says New Zealand designer Natalie Du Bois of Du Bois Design. "It also softens and offsets the hard solid masculine materials used in the kitchen".
Picking bar stools and tables and chairs for an eat‐in kitchen usually comes at the end but this is also important so don't just mail it in at this point. Think about adding patina and texture through vintage pieces if you can find them. And don't forget about items like decorative plate racks artwork and area rugs or runners. Small touches like this can add much character to a newly remodeled kitchen.
The laundry room is perhaps one of the most overlooked spaces in the home. It's easy to put it on the back burner because after all it's not a room that often gets used for entertaining. Adding character with distressed cabinets might make all that folding feel like less of a chore.
Serene gray. This kitchen is part of an urban loft. "We attempted to create a sophisticated room that is well organized and complementary within a much larger space" says Ayhan Ozan of Chelsea Atelier Architect. "The color gray has a subtle authority to it without entirely surrendering the serenity of the open loft to the kitchen".
Decorative tile in the kitchen is a great way to express your personality and style but proportion and scale are critical. Tile is a pretty permanent decision; once it's up it's expensive to change. You or your designer should do color studies and pattern studies and look at them alongside photos and samples to be absolutely sure you're making the right choices.
Play with the unexpected. "I love a little bit of surprise in a room and of course hanging a chandelier gives me just that" says Robin Denker of Kitchens By Design. "A little bit of bling something unexpected like using clear prism lightbulbs in a chandelier".
Layer your lighting. "In the last five years we've seen a huge change in the way that our clients look at kitchen lighting" notes Heather Moe of Design Moe Kitchen & Bath. "While function is still important we now layer the lighting to give homeowners an extraordinary flexibility of effect. We routinely have seven levels of illumination: countertop and general lighting under‐cabinet task lighting over‐cabinet up lighting accent cabinet lighting some supporting sconce fixtures (mounted on walls or on cabinets) ceiling lighting and – to top it all off – a central accent fixture usually something pretty and eye catching at the room's focal point".
Emphasize repetition and balance. "I decided to do a black Hungarian crystal chandelier in the kitchen because this is a loft and the dining area was in an 'L' off of the kitchen" says Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo of ABCD Design. "You could see the two smaller clear crystal chandeliers over the dining table from every angle in both areas". "Repetition balance and scale are all important elements in a good design so I felt I was left no choice" she explains. "I had two clear smaller ones on one side so I had to have a large one on the opposite side. I also wanted the fixture to stand out against the white wood hood and kitchen cabinets and it needed to play off the black enamel Viking range. We already had black and white happening throughout the kitchen and I felt the clear crystal wouldn't pop like the black would. It was the obvious choice for the room".