Painting the interior of kitchen cabinets a contrasting color — in this case apple green — is something both architect Gil Schafer and his color consultant, Eve Ashcraft, love to do. Aside from supplying a shot of color, it sets off the china.
Archive for August, 2013
Steal a trick from restaurants and opt for circular seating if you have the space. This curved breakfast nook fits a 60” round dining table, providing a generous spot for an entire family to gather. Charming 1950’s style fabric is coated in vinyl for the ultimate food-friendly dining experience.
A sleek pullout faucet and undermount stainless-steel sink team up with the stainless-steel dishwasher and chrome cabinet pulls to bring a clean, modern look to the kitchen. Recessed panels on the cabinetry soften the contemporary vibe.
Smart kitchen storage, such as the ceiling-height pantries shown here, can make a big difference in a galley kitchen. Glass-front cabinets make a great traditional choice for their ability to reflect light, especially when placed opposite windows. Interior cabinet lights perform a similar function if windows aren’t plentiful. A more modern option, floating shelves make kitchens feel light and airy. Open shelving can also be used in combination with traditional cabinetry to break up blocks of wall space and provide additional storage closer to the ceiling without closing in the room. The minimalist look of hardware-free cabinetry also works great since it eliminates visual disruptions of space.
Here there is plenty of room to move around, and a peninsula off the end of the U-shaped layout creates an eat-in space.
Designer Eldon Wong wanted his kitchen cabinets — made of maple veneer — to disappear, so he stained them almost black to look like wenge wood. A Carrara marble top reminds him of a candy shop.
Architect Ken Pursley converted an exterior porch in this home into a family-worthy kitchen. “Kitchens should have at least two doorways, so they’re part of the circular flow of the house. Plus there is room for the family. The color on the walls is sophisticated but doesn’t take away from the standout features of the room.”
Bold color isn’t the only way to create excitement. Kitchen designer Vasi Ypsilantis used these oversized light fixtures with black fabric shades from Tech Lighting to add some wow: “They’re about 2 feet in diameter and are slightly larger than you would expect for the space,” she says. “But they give a great sense of depth perception and create drama in a room with a typical low ceiling.” The luxurious cabinets are Poggenpohl’s Marsh Oak Veneer with a rich near-black stain. Image courtesy of Poggenpohl
Old-world light fixtures and warm, multicolored wall tiles give this new kitchen a lived-in feeling. A thick wooden bar and wicker chairs invite you into this cozy space, and the soft, intimate lighting and fine detail entice you to stay.