MIXING CABINET STYLES & FINISHES—A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN
Painted Linen Mixed With Cognac for a Currently Cool Twist
MIX CABINET STYLES AND FINISHES—DEFINITELY!
Let’s all say it together. Matching is so overrated! The era of bedroom suites and dining room sets is a thing of the past. Kitchen trends tend to follow what’s happening in the world of fashion and we are all in!
One of the fastest routes to dating a space is to stick with a single design style. I am a mega-fan of mixing and merging décor styles, and the best way to prevent visual boredom is to use contrasting finishes and materials within a space. I love a trendy neutral palette, but it has to be balanced with a variety of materials—find a range, then offset it with a dominant pop of color to ground the space.
Connecting to nature with the ability to bring a little of it into our homes is one of the most important design aesthetic secrets. Using contrasting wood-tones helps us bring in an organic element that makes the space feel welcoming and peaceful. Natural stone also helps us accomplish this design aesthetic; a balanced mix of man-made and natural elements is a must!
Before you start your remodel project, I highly recommend choosing a color scheme for the entire house. Then begin working from room to room with this element in mind. You can play within that color scheme for each space, but repeating the basic palette throughout lends a cohesive look that will tie the design of your home together.
Now, let’s chat about how mixing finishes creates a composed look in this dynamic kitchen. It’s all about the jaw-dropping contrasting finishes—Painted Linen and Maple Cognac! It’s ok to go ahead and drool! #handsclap!
MAKE IT YOURS
For this open-concept kitchen my clients wanted to incorporate functional and stylish elements, with a sense of uniqueness. By creating a delicately balanced mix of the two finishes, I was able to design a space my clients can’t help but brag about!
The contrasting island countertop materials create a refined, layered look. Using white countertops on Painted Linen cabinetry against the soft white wall creates a sense of grouping of elements together as one unit, providing an open, airy vibe to the space. Adding an accent storage wall that resembles a furniture piece in our Maple Cognac finish was the perfect way to integrate the double ovens and add that organic element mentioned earlier. It provides a much-needed pop of color to ground the space. What a statement piece! By mixing up the door styles and finishes, the 530 Maple Cognac slab and the shaker-style 650 Painted Linen, I was able to bring in another layer of texture, and interest in an otherwise neutral color palette.
Other elements such as the backsplash material, a smoky, reflective glass, bring a touch of luxe to the space. The stainless appliances, balanced throughout the design, also add to the sense of warmth. This client truly has a love affair with the built-in stainless steel appliances and wanted them to feel dominate, yet balanced. Notice how I was able to integrate their appliance wish list into the design without taking over the space.
TIPS ON MAKING THE MOST OF SMALL SPACE LIVINGS
When designing for a small space include open-back, armless stools to create a sense of lightness. The floating countertop overhang for seating also certainly supports the airy-vibe in this kitchen. Another tip: to create the illusion of higher ceilings, use lower furniture. In this design I didn’t take the cabinetry all the way to the ceiling so the room seems taller. Plus, I love the indoor/outdoor sliding back door with access to the lanai. It adds scale to the room while providing an oversized picture-framed view of nature. If privacy isn’t an issue, a naked window is the way to go! This also instantly adds a feeling of more square footage.
NOTABLE FUNCTIONAL AND STYLISH DESIGN ELEMENTS
I have to comment on the clever locations of appliances within this kitchen. I highly recommend breaking up the typical stacked double-ovens for a side-by-side install. This helps tremendously with accessibility, and it looks great too. If your clients are looking for an uber-sleek décor, a stainless steel hood works well as a focal point in the space. The built-in espresso machine (yes, I want one!) works great, tucked in the corner, stacked on the countertop. And finally, paneling the front of the dishwasher creates a built-in, seamless, full-height look across the front of the island.
When you’re ready for that remodel, you can easily accomplish your unique style by mixing Waypoint® finishes to create that match made in heaven. Just visit your local dealer/designer today—they can help you showcase your own personal style.
Waypoint Living Spaces dealer/designers can get build and install details along with 2020 drawings for this design from Waypoint Living Spaces Design Directions/Fresh Perspective.
Meet The Designer
As lead Kitchen and Bath Designer for Waypoint Living Spaces®, my goal is to become a partner and support you in the creation of beautiful living spaces. As a busy mother of two, I have a true understanding and appreciation for a well-designed, functional space. That's why I'm here - to deliver expert support and content that makes your job easier. Together, let's achieve exactly what you have in mind!
Jennifer LeMarr, CKBD
Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer