I absolutely adore a living space that feels sophisticated yet welcoming. I love it when I get that feeling of wanting to linger a little longer in a room—the feeling of a well-designed, well-balanced space that makes your design senses feel like you’re tuned into the universe. That’s what I feel in this open-concept space. (#handsclap)
Now, let’s take a minute to note our drool-worthy new painted finishes!
“This refined, cool grey, created in a lighter painted finish, serves as the perfect backdrop for many different looks and styles. Its neutral tone lets designers work with accents of color or create a refined monochromatic feel.”
With all the buzz around blue-grey being the new neutral, we are ecstatic to bring you our new Painted Harbor cabinet finish. I’ve incorporated this finish into the living area of this open-space kitchen design, but I’m keeping it a surprise until next week!
PAINTED EMBER GLAZE
A deep taupe glaze warms our Harbor door’s painted finish. The glaze collects in the bevels and contours of the door cut to create a unique hand-finished artistic feeling. It can be dressed up or down depending on one’s taste.”
Playing up the monochromatic color scheme trend, you will notice the tone-on-tone fresh color palette in this space. Starting with our 740 Ember Glaze door style, I pulled together elements to create a mood board and began planning for the design phase. Design Tip: First, use our Style Quiz to define your décor style, then create a mood board of your selections before you begin your project. This will set your remodel project up for success—I live by this process!
Feeling inspired by our new Ember Glaze finish, I started gathering inspiration—I grabbed crystals, white feathers, and some mercury glass to create the haute vibe we were after in this space. My clients were looking for a French setting but with a current, luxe look. Once I cued in on exactly how I was going to accomplish that “luxurious” feeling, I added the dark wood flooring to provide contrast, and to ground the space. I kept the trim a soft, fresh white and added a white, delicate textured pattern to the backsplash. To bring in an organic element, I included a reclaimed, warm, natural wood countertop on the island. I finished it all up with an unexpected statement to create more of an impact with a little drama—I pulled in a houndstooth pattern and splashes of cranberry. And don’t forget to add fresh greenery to bring the space to life!
Now, let’s talk about using the design principles in this space—I’ll show you how they work together to make this room beautiful, yet functional. I’ll break down the design elements to show you how each part of the room relates to the other parts and to the room as a whole creating a timeless, unified look.
I love the magic of a monochromatic color scheme! When working with a single color, you can play up several different shades, tints or tones to create depth and drama in the space. A tone is when the intensity of a color is greyed. The trick to breaking the monotony of a monochromatic scheme is to combine black, grey or white with the tones. Design Tip: Light colors tend to reflect light creating a natural, open, airy feeling in the space, plus, it gives us an added bonus—it brings a fourth layer of light into a space. This leads us to the next element of design, lighting the space.
Natural and artificial light are the two main sources of light. The three categories of artificial lighting in a space are general lighting, task lighting, and accent or mood lighting. It is important to use multiple light sources to create an atmosphere suited to the function of the room. Consider accent lighting as an opportunity to add drama and bring in the luxe vibe Go for crystal, shiny metal and mirrored finishes to create that expensive, high-end statement. I think the chandeliers over the island and banquette seating area add instant glam and sparkle.
BALANCE, SCALE, AND PROPORTION
It’s the magic behind the scenes that we designers give careful consideration—generally without any notice by the clients. Check out the perfect proportion between the 18” high cabinets over the 30” high cabinets. This gives the bottom cabinets the larger division. I used symmetrical balance to add stability and a sense of sophistication to the space.
FOCAL POINTS—PRIMARY AND SUBORDINATE
Now, let’s shift our focus to using areas of emphasis to create focal points. The grand window/sink wall creates a center of interest as one enters the space and serves as the dominant focal point of the room. The Waypoint® hood creates a subordinate focal point—by raising the hood above adjacent cabinetry I created a pyramid shape, bringing height and focus to the area. On the opposite wall, you find the Waypoint® china hutch serving as another subordinate focal point. The china hutch was designed as a third tall element to provide stability and balance to the tall cabinet stacks. The main design goal was to not overwhelm or compete. Shapes and repetition of shapes, the more the better! Rectangles are the easiest shape to relate. Here they draw your eye to the detail in the740 door style outlined with the soft Ember glaze. I love this glaze! It adds detailed interest and depth to the space. Next to the rectangular shapes, we have curved lines—these add a feminine touch to soften the space. The curved detail in the windows, doorways, and arabesque-patterned backsplash create movement that leads your eye around the room, giving the illusion of a larger space. Repeating the curved lines encourages the viewer’s eye to follow the repeated element around the room.
Theme emphasis happens by allowing the style of the space to dominate the room, in this case—French Country Luxe! Let’s chat for a moment about French Country styling, our beautiful French Beauty décor style. It is elegant but comfortable. Color inspirations for this style are drawn from the countryside itself, like fields of lavender, bright blue skies, green grass, lemony yellows, and earthy reds. The rich architectural details inherent to this style definitely influence beautiful decorative accessories, like accents of distressed woodwork, mixed patterns, and both vibrant and subdued hues. These decorative accessories give the space rhythm and life—love when a space rocks to its own beat! Pay attention to how the décor elements have been arranged in a rhythmic way in this space. To create the luxe feel, think about your material choices. Design Tip: remember fine, smooth and shiny textures suggest elegance.
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