Room of the Week: A Modern Craftsman Kitchen

I’ve had this Room of the Week in my bookmarks since I started this blog, waiting for the right time to use it. And, when I looked at it again this week I immediately thought it seemed like the perfect kitchen to do a little holiday baking and decorate for the holidays.  So, I’m sharing it today!  Designed by Design Manifest, this beautiful kitchen is a modern take on a traditional craftsman kitchen.  It has so many beautiful design elements that make it really special, and I hope will inspire you in your own kitchens.

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It looks like this kitchen gets beautiful daytime light which continues into the evening with all the well-placed light fixtures.  A pair of pendants highlights the kitchen sink area where any cook spends loads of time and where you need lots of light to see if those dirty dishes are actually getting clean.  And, then recessed lights line the countertops as a sort of task lighting.

COLOR
In a traditional craftsman home there is usually lots and lots of dark wood trim, paneling and flooring. The designers here have kept all the wood, but modernized it with a coat of pretty paint.   Because the ceiling moldings are now white they blend in and let the cabinetry be the star of this kitchen, but their size keeps them from getting lost in the shuffle. In contrast, those thin wood shelves would get lost if they didn’t contrast all that ceiling-height backsplash tile.

EMPHASIS
Your eye is immediately drawn through the kitchen to those wood shelves by the sink.  They break up the upper cabinetry and give the owner a place to show a pretty collection.  This little spot of prettiness gives the eye a place to rest.  And, the designer helped solidify this corner as a focal point by making the vent hood (normally a huge focal point in a kitchen) see-through.

SHAPE
Kitchen cupboards inherently create square and rectangle shapes, which the designer played with throughout the space.  Instead of trying to downplay them, the cupboards are framed to create additional squares and rectangles.

TEXTURE
The dark woods, white paint and tile make for a warmer kitchen than most.  But, the choice to include that soft jewel-toned rug adds an additional layer of softness and warmth to make this kitchen especially inviting!  And, since it already appears slightly worn there isn’t a fear that the errant spills will ruin it.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my thoughts on adding holiday touches to a kitchen.

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