I like to think of a Kitchen as the soul of a home. It’s where people come together to bake, keep tradition, share stories, and create memories. Some of my personal favorite memories are of holidays where my family and I were crowded around the kitchen, cooking Nana Shirley’s old recipes. After we renovated our house a few years ago, the kitchen was expanded, widened, and refinished and looks so much better! I miss my kitchen at home and how homey it is. And dang, those home cooked meals.
Kitchens can be designed in countless different ways depending on the home owner’s personal taste and what they are looking for in a kitchen. They can be modern, English, shabby chic, French, contemporary, eclectic, anything really. However, the underlying point is to make food. So any way a kitchen is decorated, functionality is always the most essential factor. There are several building codes and measurement rules on how and where to position appliances, that a designer must think critically about placement and style of every little detail in a kitchen.
Next fall, I am taking a Kitchen and Bath NKBA class, and I am SO EXCITED! I cannot wait to start creating my own kitchen designs and I will be sure to share them with you!
Here are some kitchens that inspire me:
Love the clean, fresh atmosphere
I have an obsession with tile back-splashes
Nice contrast with the white painted island and dark granite counter and chairs
Not sure what caught my eye first, the exposed beam wall or vintage fire place. I’m in love.
The stripped rug really pops
Island on wheels!
PANTONE has had a big impact with their color of the year: Tangerine. And I approve.
Great arched windows
Dark walls and cabinets are coming back after light kitchens have ruled for the past few years
See what I mean?
Notice the exposed air ducts
Love the mix of styles
Amazing natural light
And here as well
Wire-back chairs rock
The dark wood ceiling is a nice touch to offset the brightness of the room