Ivonne Meunier Kitchen, November 14th , 2017. Red as a color gets plenty of bad rap when it comes to home decorating because it can seem far too overpowering when used excessively. But a red island coupled with a neutral backdrop can make a big visual impact in both contemporary and traditional kitchens alike. Red combines well with black in modern kitchens while a red island at the heart of a Mediterranean kitchen can instantly bring brightness to an otherwise mellow and inviting space. Make sure though that you pick a matte shade of red to ensure your red island is not ungainly and out of place.
Lyonette Tessier Kitchen, November 14th , 2017. It’s possible to have a bright kitchen filled with light and also lots of storage. Consider windows instead of the standard backsplash and clerestory windows just above the wall-mounted cabinets. It’s the strategy employed by Berghuis Construction when putting together this modern black and white kitchen.
Lavernia Pierre Kitchen, November 14th , 2017. Yes, a large window seat that allows you to lazily catch up on a midday nap does sound great, but not all of us have enough space in the kitchen to spare for such an extravagant addition! For those short on both space and resources, a small window seat with built-in cabinets underneath is the perfect option. Not only does it give you a comfortable resting spot in the kitchen, but also helps you with tucking away additional kitchenware that you normally do not use. It can also be used as a cool homework zone or even a small breakfast nook with the addition of a small table.
Lavernia Pierre Kitchen, November 14th , 2017. The mix of stainless steel and natural stone is really effortless here since the marble’s grey tones match the cabinets so perfectly. The touch of fun brought into this otherwise serious space via the chandelier above the table is so refreshing!
Lyonette Tessier Kitchen, November 14th , 2017. This is a kitchen designed by Crescent Builds. It has a strong traditional, almost rustic design but with a modern edge. The window backsplash is definitely an interesting feature. It doesn‘t covers the entire space between the counter and the cabinets, leaving a tiled section that incorporates the electric outlets.
Lyonette Tessier Kitchen, November 14th , 2017. Danish company Reform specialises in hacking and redesigning IKEA kitchens. Offering a number of smart designs, Reform collaborates with Danish and internationally acclaimed architects and designers, to ‘reform’ the fronts and countertops of IKEA’s various kitchen models. Architect and design studios include BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Norm, Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm and Henning Larsen. Reform’s focus on minimalism, aesthetic presentation, functionality and longevity, works to ensure its IKEA kitchen hacks will endure.
Lyonette Tessier Kitchen, November 14th , 2017. In some cases, a window backsplash is preferred because of a lack of natural light. An interesting example is the summer house designed by BAK Arquitectos, where concrete was used for countertop. Even though it has a very open layout, there’s not really an abundance of natural light inside the house. In order to have a kitchen that’s both bright and functional in terms of storage space, they chose the window backsplash strategy.
Ivonne Meunier Kitchen, November 14th , 2017. A backsplash window is a really great feature, especially for small kitchens that can’t afford to sacrifice any storage space in favor of a source of natural light. The backsplash windows bring light exactly where needed and in addition to that they also give the space an unexpectedly fresh and open look. For this residence, Jacob Talbot designed a spacious kitchen with windows that cover almost an entire wall. That means there‘s no wall-mounted cabinetry on this side of the kitchen. The compromise is well worth it, considering how amazing the view of the lake is.
Lyonette Tessier Kitchen, November 14th , 2017. The small window seat can also provide a welcome break from the wall of shelves and cabinets in the kitchen, ushering in some much needed contrast. The throw pillows, cushions and fabric of the window seat also bring textural change to a space that is otherwise dominated by wood, tile and metallics. Whether you use it as a after-school hangout for your kids (as you keep an eye on them) or as a wonderful conversation nook, the small window seat in the kitchen comes in mighty handy.
Lyonette Tessier Kitchen, November 14th , 2017. The kitchen of this lakeside villa designed by Belatchew Arkitekter receives light from two sides. It has counters on two walls that face each other and both of them have large windows that completely replace the backsplash. The windows bring in light but, more importantly, offer wonderful views of the nearby lake and surrounding landscape.
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