The Anatomy of a Patterned Kitchen

As I was looking for a kitchen to feature this week I stumbled on the website of interior designer Alecia Stevens.  This kitchen she designed stood out to me as a great example of a kitchen that used trendy materials mixed with classic elements to create a kitchen that will look beautiful now and in ten years.  I hope you enjoy this Room of the Week!

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I think the patterns used throughout the kitchen are fantastic, but I REALLY love the way they are balanced by really strong simple materials so the patterns don’t dominate.  The stainless steel countertops, dark wood island, and simple crisp white cabinetry definitely hold their own amidst the strong patterns.

Alecia Stevens used the space in this kitchen in two very awesome ways:

  1.  She used very large crown molding around the ceiling which helped to fill the usually awkward strip of space above the top of the cabinets. Instead of an awkward/unusable space above the cabinetry it just looks finished.
  2. The pair of cabinets on either side of the oven are smaller than the rest of the cabinetry, and I’ll bet they are the perfect storage spot for spices.  And their smaller size means the countertop below is more accessible.  It’s a win-win.

Mixing metals is definitely trending right now, but in a kitchen with so much going on already it’s nice that everything matches.  Seeing hints of brass throughout the kitchen allows the eye to connect all the design dots.

Everywhere you look in this kitchen you notice a contrast of colors.  Starting with the alternating diamond pattern on the floor the contrast of black and white is used to create balance between the elements.  The dark island balances the white cabinetry around the perimeter.  And, the darker flooring and kitchen island balance the white upper cabinetry and ceiling.   If you are using only two main colors in a kitchen, play close attention to the balance they create.

When you’re putting a pattern on the floor you have to pay close attention to the lines it is going to create.  In this case, the “stripes” created by the pattern help guide the eye simply through the kitchen and into the next room.  Plus, the lines help make the kitchen look longer, rather than wider.   Also, notice that the diamonds are perfectly centered in the doorway…smart!

I love the way the designer carried the diamond pattern from the floor up onto the cabinetry.  The simple X shape created with just a little trim on each cabinet front was probably not difficult to create, but that level of detail in design makes this kitchen look completely custom without a lot of extra work or materials.

Favorite element in this kitchen?  Can’t wait to share mine with you later this week.

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