Highlight historical flair. Charlie Simmons of Charlie & Co. Design says that in this kitchen "the chandeliers were inspired by the wish of the homeowner to have a traditional kitchen that fit into the fabric of their historically important home but still have a bit of flair".
A natural green. "This farmhouse kitchen was envisioned to be a highly efficient working‐living space featuring natural materials that express their own beauty" says Douglas Dick of LDa Architecture & Interiors. "The monochromatic green color palette of the walls and island cabinetry was selected to be visually calming and to enhance the theme of expressing the beauty of the room's natural materials".
There are several ways to create the distressed look. You could start with a few layers of paint then add a spatter of glaze in areas where wear would naturally occur. Or try light sanding or hitting with a chain to reveal colors below; this creates the look of a piece that has been painted multiple times and years of use have worn away some layers. If you're looking for a simpler process painting only one coat and lightly sanding in spots to reveal the wood below also works.
Not your basic black. For some people black might seem to be as bold a choice as orange. But in a home with a limited color palette – black white blue and gray – it fits right in.
If you're a cook you know that kitchen messes are bound to happen. Grease and oil splatters and flour sprays often end up on cabinets and counters. Distressed cabinets not only hide those little messes well but also are super easy to wipe down. No matter what you choose for the rest of the home it's so important for the kitchen to feel relaxed and inviting; it is the heart of the home after all. Even in a more upscale design scheme distressed cabinets lend a casual air that can't help but be welcoming.
Create a center of attention. "This kitchen was designed to bring a symmetrical balance to the back windowed wall" says Marlene Wangenheim of Interiors By Design. "All the materials though rich were very played down– for example the white quartz stone countertops and the Calacatta marble brick tile with mother‐of‐pearl in the backsplash". "The chandelier brings your eye immediately to the center of the room and then the tour begins" she adds. "The glitz of the chandelier also balances the serene color palette by contrasting it and giving it a wow effect".
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".
Purple passion. This project was for a cooking school in Denver but there's no reason you can't import purple into your home kitchen. "Katy Hume the chef and owner of Stir Cooking School has a contagious personality and we wanted her vivacity to be portrayed within the design" says Momoko Morton of Naka Designs. "The interior therefore needed to be vibrant and rich in color".