The Anatomy of a Classic Kitchen by Artichoke

Last month I focused on bedrooms and this month I’ll spend a few weeks talking about kitchens.  Kitchens have always been hard for me to talk about on the blog because there are so many details we can’t know from just looking at a photo, but I’ll do my best to explore them in detail.

The first kitchen I picked is a beautiful luxury kitchen created by Artichoke in England.  They focus on creating bespoke kitchens of the highest quality, which you can tell from the photos of the Room of the Week.  Even though this one-of-a-kind kitchen spared no expense there are so many tips you can carry into your kitchen whatever its size or whatever your budget.

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The kitchen is probably the room in the house where functional lighting is the most important, but this room shows you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for function. The beautiful pendant line/hanging pot rack above the kitchen island is such a clever way to add storage and lighting right above the workspace where you need it most.  And, with the crazy amount of lighting accessible via the internet you can always find a fixture that will function the way you want and look good doing it.

The unique (antique?) side table tucked inside the window niche is a gorgeous addition to the kitchen.  And it blends right in because it is the same height as the rest of the cabinets.  The similar heights allows your eye to connect the lines created by the countertops and move around the room.  Imagine how the room would look differently if that table was much taller or shorter than the cabinets…it would stick out unpleasantly either way.  So as you add furnishings to your own home think about the way they change the landscape of the room.

The arched windows are a really spectacular design element in the room, which the designer smartly mirrored in the curved backs of the dining chairs.  Most of us won’t ever have windows like this in our kitchens, but we all have architectural details we can’t/won’t change and have to work with.  Working with the lines created by your architecture, instead of fighting against them, will make your room more pleasing.

This room is largely made of rectangles…island, dining table, blacksplash tile, windows, barstool legs, pot rack, upper cabinetry, open shelving, ceiling beams, wood flooring…and that’s just what I can see from the photos.  The shape is especially prominent in island and dining table, which flows together really nicely.  Any prominent shapes in your kitchen?

The quickest way to create a timeless kitchen is to use timeless materials in classic ways.  None of the materials used in the kitchen are especially pattered or bright or colorful.  Instead, their natural colors and textures all work together so the kitchen looks lovely as a whole. A mix of light and dark woods, leather, marble tiles and countertops…all used in simple ways that showcase their textures.  If you’re going for a similar look try using textures in their simplest state and shape…no trends here!

That gorgeous oven  and island are literally the center of this kitchen both in function and design.  They are hard to miss because of their size and location, and the symmetrical balance framing them really helps to seal the deal.

Can’t wait to zoom in on the details this week.  Happy Monday!

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