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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.

Yes.

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*

via Elle Decor

via Elle Decor

*Carrera Marble*

via Lonny

via Lonny

via Lonny

via Lonny

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.

Amber Interiors

Amber Interiors

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.

Yes you can.

James Michael Howard

James Michael Howard

Michael Graydon

Michael Graydon

*ahhh…. heaven*

Matthew Williams for Dwell

Matthew Williams for Dwell

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.

via Canadian House and Home

via Canadian House and Home

via Decor Pad

via Decor Pad

Amber Interiors

Amber Interiors

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?

Okay.

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…

Lynn Morgan Design

Lynn Morgan Design

via Lonny

via Lonny

via Design Manifest

via Design Manifest

via Lonny

via Lonny

Feeling inspired yet?

Here’s one more, just because it’s fun and I’m kind of in love with it right now…

via Lonny

via Lonny

Tiina

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love the white kitchen! You change accent colors for every season and holiday!

    March 20, 2013
  2. I totally agree with you: Granite is dated. I think the granite guy was mad at me when I told him that it reminded me of the grizzle and fat particles in sausage (German bratwurst) 😉
    That gold hood is beautiful. I can only dream of statement pieces like that.

    March 20, 2013
  3. These are lovely. I had my heart set on marble for our Santa Ynez kitchen remodel, but we found out it stains really easily. And with all the red wine in our house, that just won’t fly. Sigh. We think we’re going to do small marble subway tiles as our backsplash now as a compromise.

    March 21, 2013
    • That sounds like a good compromise. You’ve got to think about priorities here, right? I can’t wait to see the pictures of everything finished!

      March 21, 2013

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