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Photo: he Main Company bespoke kitchen.
"To create contrast, we opted for dark blue cabinetry to offset the coloring of the wood on the central island,” says Alex Main, Director at The Main Company.
“Oak features heavily in this design to add character and depth to this beautiful and inviting space."
Photo: Plain English.
"Fabric skirts are a refreshing opportunity to be nostalgic in the kitchen," says the interior designer Joy Moyler.
"They create such a relaxed feel, conjuring imagery of your granny about to place a delicious afternoon cake on the table at any moment."
Photo: Lisa Romerein.
“With an open kitchen—one attached to the main family room and breakfast area—when one is entertaining it allows for that place to hide away the mess,” says Atlanta-based Interior Designer Beth Webb, who picked a dark and moody paint (Benjamin Moore’s Iron Mountain) for bold contrast in the above butler’s pantry ideas.
Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson.
“The finishes vary in each of the areas,” adds Beckstedt. “Even though [it is a] small space the change in materiality helps with interest and most importantly is super practical.”
Photo: Sam Frost.
“We designed the kitchen to feel contemporary but also to have a few elements that spoke to the handcraft, such as the island detail, which has a unique wood and stone transition,” says David John Dick, a designer at Los Angeles’ DISC Interiors.
Years ago, the most ubiquitous kitchen cabinet color ideas in modern home renovations may well have been whites and grays, two resoundingly safe choices.
But today’s interiors welcome a bit more joy.
“I think there are enough people that are now looking for something warmer than white, but hope to retain a neutral palette for an all-around more timeless design,”says Washington, D.C.’s Zoe Feldman.
“In large open spaces, you need to get creative about how to define different areas within it,” says Sarah Zames, the interior architect at Brooklyn’s General Assembly.
Photo: Alice Gao.
“The term Japandi really means to blend Scandinavian design with Japanese craftsmanship,” say James Veal and Christine Stucker, the owners of Brooklyn’s Stewart-Schafer, who applied principles of George Nakashima’s iconic woodwork in the kitchen above.
Using different tones of the same color is a clever way of adding depth to a design scheme.
This layered approach is about working with colors of the same strength so that you can have a more soothing and harmonious effect than you would get by clashing shades, for instance.
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