The layering and mixing of finishes in this kitchen give it an old‐world charm. Note the glazed blue‐gray island and its relationship to the pendant above. The choices for a mahogany‐tone wood countertop dark trim around the windows and a custom hood surround in particular were all made during the process of designing this kitchen and impact the overall finished look and style.
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.
You might have selected your appliances earlier in the design phase in terms of manufacturer model number and size but remember that stainless isn't the only option. Some companies offer a vintage finish like this black with brass accents while others offer a wide array of enameled colors. Choices like this can determine the look and feel of your kitchen in one sweeping gesture. Other finish selections to be noted here are the full‐height marble backsplash the farmhouse sink fabric in the upper glass insert cabinets the heavy crown molding and the freestanding island.
White subway tile is ever popular but a style that has been gaining in popularity in recent years is to pair white subway tile with dark gray grout in a running‐brick pattern. The resulting look defines the outlines of each tile adding depth and interest to a space. The wider set the tiles are the more pronounced the outline effect becomes and the bolder the look.
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".
Our washer and dryer are concealed behind bifold doors and while we will replace the cabinetry when we renovate our kitchen the layout is the bee's knees. It allows for us to store our cleaning supplies with our laundry supplies in a central location. Whether you're able to add a laundry unit to your kitchen or outfit your butler's pantry I highly recommend the kitchen laundry room.
I recommend that clients select appliances and sinks during the preliminary design phase which often comes before selecting the rest of the finishes and fixtures. This is so the plans can reflect the proper sizes which will in turn affect the cabinetry layout. Also I recommend picking the type and amount of lighting fixtures during this phase: cans semi‐flush mounts how many pendants over the island and so on in order to complete the lighting plans so the contractor to provide estimates. Most people haven't actually picked what style pendant light yet but at least the decision about number is done.
This divided bath by Smith & Vansant Architects features white 3‐by‐6‐inch tiles in both the sink area and the shower area though each room has its own style of floor tile. The headquarters of Schoolhouse Electric proves that subway tiles and gray grout aren't just for the bathroom and kitchen. Here they're used in an office space that celebrates timeless and minimalist style.
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