Contrast Light and Shadow
In the same kitchen, Vasi selected Caesarstone "Blizzard" for the countertops and used a glass mosaic backsplash from Mixed-Up Mosaics that blends milky white and eggplant colours with a mirrored tile. "Keeping the cabinets such a dark finish in a tiny space worries most homeowners due to the fact that they believe it'll make the kitchen look smaller," she says. "But it really creates play, so long as the countertops and backsplashes are kept light or white to balance light and dark in the space.
Opt for New Functionality.
Not only is the color of kitchen cabinets changing — hardware makers, like Blum, are changing the way drawers and cabinet doors function. These hydraulic, easy-close doors fold up and out of the way together with the touch of a button making them perfect for kitchens where space is a problem.
Timeless Farmhouse Flair
Kohler's apron-front cast-iron sinks come in a variety of colors, including new impersonal tones Dune, a soft color that is sandy, and Suede, a dark color that pairs well with granite countertops. "Apron-front sinks have not gone out of style," says interior designer Christine Baumann. "They add a classic focal point to any kitchen. From a practical point of view, they are deep enough to hold large pots and platters for easier cleaning — a shorter individual may even gain from better access to the sink." Christine notes that because of their visual weight, apron-front sinks are best suited to medium- large kitchens or size.
Choose Bold Fixtures
Bold colour is not the only way to create excitement. Kitchen designers used these outsized light fixtures with black cloth colors from Tech Lighting to add some wow: "They're about 2 feet in diameter and are marginally larger than you'd anticipate for the space," she says. "But they give a great awareness of depth perception and create drama in a room with a typical low ceiling." The luxury cupboards are Poggenpohl's Marsh Oak Veneer with a rich near-black spot.
Add In Automation
The kitchen of the future is here today. From sensor-activated lights that illuminate the kitchen when it's in use to meat thermometers that alert your smartphone when dinner is done, kitchen technology is here to make your life easier. In the event you're new to automation, a fantastic introductory product is a hands-free faucet, like this one by Moen. Perfect for homes with little children who can't yet accomplish any kitchen or the handle where active cooks often have sticky hands.
"Keeping a kitchen unbiased allows you to personalize it to reflect your fashion," says IKEA representative Mary Ann Barroso. "This RAMSJÖ kitchen in red-brown can be matched to be on trend with lavenders, purples and mauves — we have a kitchen in our showroom accessorized that way right now." The real treat in this otherwise traditional kitchen is the unexpected light fixtures: IKEA's industrial-chic OTTAVA pendant lamps in aluminum, with shades made of mouth-blown glass.
This residential kitchen with commercial flair was designed in collaboration with architecture firm. The room was laid out to optimize homework space for cooking; visually, using three distinct varieties of engineered stone for the backsplash, the countertop as well as the island topper heightened the awareness of enormous space. The neutral background is broken in the light fixtures — an easily changeable feature when you're in the mood for another colour with a dash of bright orange.