The Anatomy of an Eat-in Kitchen by Jute Interior Design

I’m switching gears this week from contemporary to something completely different.  The dining room that I chose for the Room of the Week isn’t exactly a dining room, but more of an eat-in kitchen.  I picked this kitchen because I think it looks like the perfect spot to prepare Thanksgiving dinner, or serve a casual Thanksgiving meal buffet style, or spread out all the leftovers the next day.  And, I’ve loved the work by Jute Interior Design for so long that it’s about time I featured them here.

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For a kitchen to truly function well there should be several different sources of light.  And, this kitchen is a great example of lighting specific areas using specific lighting.  Of course you need overhead lighting to sufficiently light the room in general, but it will also be beneficial if you light your specific work areas.  The countertop space next to the kitchen would receive great light from the wall-sconce.  The countertop on the opposite side of the kitchen, which would be perfect to set up a buffet for parties, is illuminated by the small fixtures overhead.  And, the center of the kitchen is illuminated by those gorgeous glass pendants.

There are many design elements in this room that are pretty enough to be the focal point.  But, all of the design elements work together to make the table and chairs the literal and figurative center of the room.  My favorite detail is the change in ceiling height from the perimeter of the room to the center, which opens up the middle of the room and makes it feel more grand.  I also love the way the edges of the middle ceiling section are highlighted in wood to bring further emphasis to the ceiling height change.  The large pendants continue focus the eye on the center.  And, the size and shape of the table also contribute.

So many good examples in this room of using line as a tool.  I’ll highlight my two favorites.  First, is the wood flooring. I love the lines created by the herringbone pattern on the floor…the pattern reads like arrows directing you into and through the room in both directions…just a fun little detail that helps guide your eye through the room.  And second, the lines created by the beams in the recessed ceiling area.  They add dimension, shadow and direction to a space that would have otherwise been empty.

The eclectic grouping of the mismatched chairs in the kitchen helps to create a casual atmosphere.  But, their unified color and size keep them from looking disheveled.

This kitchen is lined with cabinets and tile and wood and artwork and fabric and metal.  But, they all remain completely within the limited and completely neutral color palette.  Even the accessories are white, gray or brown.  It makes a busy space very restful.  Plus, it makes shopping for new kitchen accessories and gadgets that much simpler.

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