The Perfect Focal Point: A Gray Kitchen Island

The gray kitchen island/white perimeter kitchen cabinet combo has definitely been a trend in kitchen design in the last decade or so.  And for good reason. Painting the kitchen island gray creates instant contrast in a white kitchen, but isn’t too jarring or bold.  It sets the island as the focal point in the room while remaining neutral.

The shape and color and unique hardware of this island in the Room of the Week (above) make it a really special focal point in the room.  This technique can be used in almost any kitchen, no matter what style…take a look!

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Anyone already have this color combo in their kitchen?  If you do, I’d love to know what you think about it!


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The Anatomy of a Modern Victorian Kitchen

I’ve had kitchens on the brain lately as I help a client build her new custom kitchen.  And, no one does kitchens better than Jessica Helgerson.  Her designs are popular on pinterest and with every design blog and magazine for good reason.  She is a pro at creating kitchens are that unique and beautiful and extremely functional…three characteristics that are definitely at work in the kitchen I chose as the Room of the Week.

The Anatomy of a Victorian Kitchen | www.theanatomyofdesign.comSee what I mean?  Beautiful, unique and functional…check, check, check.  Can’t wait to spend the week talking about this gorgeous space!  See you back here tomorrow.

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Design is in the Details: White Countertops

I have granite countertops in my home that are great for maintenance, but aren’t the prettiest…they remind me of camouflage (you can see a peek here).  And, they are hard to clean because they act like camouflage and i can’t see crumbs and food on my counters, which drives me crazy.  So, I dream of having counters like the white ones in the Room of the Week.  The white countertops match the wall color and the cabinets, which helps everything fade away to make the views out the windows the real stars of this space.

Your countertops take up a lot of visual space in your room, so whatever you pick to use as the surface will be a lot of pattern in the room.  White countertops are a good option if your cabinets are white and you would prefer that your countertops fade away.

Here are a few white countertop options.  The man-made products have less pattern in them than the natural products, obviously.

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corian // laminate // quartz // granite // marble // onyx // vetrazzo // silestone

Here are some other examples of kitchens with white cabinets and white countertops.  You can see that white countertops work with any kitchen style.

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Do you like white countertops?  If you have white countertops will you share what you like/dislike about them?

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Color Palette: White & Warm Wood

White kitchens are very popular right now (and have been for a while) because they appear clean, crisp, and timeless.  But without something to warm up the white you are left with a lifeless space.  There are many ways to bring warmth to an all-white kitchen like using accessories and textiles, but i want to focus on using wood.

The kitchen that is the Room of the Week is mostly white.  The walls, cabinets, backsplash, countertops and chairs are all white.  And there are stainless steel or chrome accents throughout.  If those were the only two colors this kitchen would feel very sterile and cold.  However, there are wood tones placed throughout the kitchen that really warms up all that white.  The island, built-in breakfast nook, and matching bookshelves are crafted from bamboo, and the floor is also wood.

You’re most likely not ready to make a big change in your kitchen, like adding a built-in or an island, but maybe you could add a piece of art in a wood frame, a new light, or even a wood counter top.  Here are a few ideas.

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