Anatomy of a Room: A Mexican Kitchen

I’m back from my two-week vacation to California.  The Sunshine State lived up to its name and we had a glorious time with family and friends visiting our old haunts and eating enough Mexican food to hold us over till next year.  So…I have Mexico on my mind and this week I’m sharing a gorgeous Mexican kitchen in San Miguel de Allende designed by DHD Architecture & Interior Design as the Room of the Week.

mexican-kitchen copyCOLOR – If the room above didn’t have enough natural light the bright yellow would be overwhelming and the dark concrete cabinets and countertops and heavy brown woods would feel even darker and heavier.  Instead, the bright natural light keeps the yellow in check and brightens up the darker colors.  And, the darker colors in the room help to balance the bright daring yellow.  Together the contrast of dark and light make for a well-balanced, colorful room.

EMPHASIS – The light fixture is the perfect place for your eye to get rest from all the hard lines.  But, it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb because it’s also made up of lines and it shares the same color as the window frames.

LINE For me, the use of line is definitely one of the strongest design elements in this kitchen.  There are always lots of lines in a kitchen just because of its intended functions. You need lots of horizontal lines for food prep and storage.  But there are plenty of vertical lines to break up all the horizontal lines.  And, I love the way line is used to create interesting shapes, like the hexagons and squares in the floor and the rectangles in the windows.  And, all the lines work together to make this beautiful room because they are almost all fairly small and simple.

TEXTURE – This room is a wonderful mix of strong textures used judiciously, perfect for a hard-working kitchen.  Cement cabinets, wood chairs, brick ceiling, tile walls and floors…all these elements are almost indestructible and they work well together because they are all repeated throughout the space in balance with each other.  No element is used too much or too little…there can be too much of a good thing.  If the brick on the ceiling was also used on the floor it would overwhelm the space, likewise if the cement was also used on the floor or ceiling.

The textures also work together because they provide great contrast to each other.  The shiny yellow and smooth wood looks great against the rough concrete and brick.

SHAPE – The wall of windows would seem out of balance without the section of yellow tile on the side in the exact same rectangular shape.  It’s the perfect little trick to create balance.

I can’t wait to share more of my favorite ideas from this room through the week!

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