Kitchens That Inspire Pt. 2
Recently I’ve been reflecting on how kitchen design is evolving. I’m loving some of the “out of the box” thinking that’s going into new kitchen design. Instead of limiting the kitchen to just three basic finishes (cabinets, floor, countertop), the spaces are becoming showcases for different design aesthetics – as unique and varied as the people who live in them. We’re seeing a fundamental incorporation of design elements like light, form, and proportion.
A while ago I did a little post about some great kitchens that really revved up my inspiration engine. I figure that now would be a great time to revisit some updated kitchen inspiration. Currently I can only think, and
drool, covet, dream about a renovated kitchen. That day is somewhere way off in the future (it’s pretty low on The List…sigh). So in the mean time, here are some of my favorite trends that are making their way into the mainstream. I hope you find as much inspiration as I have:
THINK OUTSIDE THE “GRANITE” BOX
I know that many will disagree with me, but I’ll go ahead and say it anyway.
Granite is dated.
Really, it is (with maybe a small exception of classic black). I understand that granite is super durable and comes in a variety of style/color options. But what once was the epitome of high end kitchen finishes, is now beginning to look like a relic from a bygone era. I know that granite isn’t going anywhere, but I’m inspired by the shift in materials from this overused stone to other materials like marble, limestone, and soapstone. The natural grey undertones are timeless (and I love, love, love how soapstone ages into a deep charcoal color).
I know. I know. They’re a little bit more high maintenance. But I really believe they’re worth the extra bit of effort (I have Carrera marble in my bathroom and love it!), and love the timeless and sophisticated feel that they create.
*loving the soapstone*
If high(er) maintenance is a deal breaker, try a manmade option like Corian (they’ve stepped up their game!) or even a quartz material like CaesarStone – which offers a higher durability (we’re talking heat, stain, and scratch resistant!) than granite, but still creates an updated and modern feel.
SAY YES TO WHITE… AND WOOD
I can’t tell you how attracted I am to a clean, white room with natural wood accents (have you seen my Pinterest board about white?). I partially blame my Scandinavian roots, but this combination is SO soothing to me. I’ve been so excited to see it creep into kitchen design that I can hardly stand it. Throw in some brass accents and I’m in heaven!
Now, I know that some people fear white anything, but I heard a friend of mine put it best… you can bleach white.
Yes you can.
TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE
Question: How do I add drama and depth to my kitchen?
Answer: Opt for two cabinet colors!
Whether with paint, wood, or a combination of both, create some interest by choosing one color for your upper cabinets and a different color for your lower ones (or surrounding cabinets and island). You can create a chic monochromatic vibe by keeping the colors close (think white and grey, or shades of blue), or play up the design with high contrast. Either way, it will give some depth and dimension to a space that can sometimes feel lifeless.
OPEN IT UP
Lighten up your space (literally) with open shelves. They provide a simple, fresh, and airy feel. Plus, they become a great space to display your dishes and other elements – creating a showcase all its own.
Oh, the simplified life. Clean. Organized. Who am I kidding?
I love this trend a little more in “theory” than I do in reality. Maybe if I could finally force myself to downsize all of the crap that I have stuffed into my kitchen cabinets…
Feeling inspired yet?
Here’s one more, just because it’s fun and I’m kind of in love with it right now…