Make Your Kitchen Pop with Accents
Last week you saw this kitchen from one end, looking toward the ocean. Here’s the view from the other end.
Now you get a sense of how much more open it became, which brings me to today’s tip.
When you open up a space, how do you keep it from feeling cold and uninviting?
White quartz countertops and white marble floors make kitchens feel expansive. But throw in modern appliances, and a kitchen can feel cold.
The solution? Bring in warm wood elements. Here it’s repeated not only in a wall and the cabinetry, but also in the informal dining table base and window treatments. Now look closely. Notice how the medium-tone wood on one wall runs in a vertical pattern, while the darker cabinetry grain is horizontal?
What ties them together is the zebra butcher block. The crazy pattern also creates a great focal point for the island and breaks up its 12-foot length. Imagine the same view without this accent. It wouldn’t be nearly as interesting.
And that’s the second part of today’s tip. Find a piece that brings it all together and becomes that pop of interest — something that reflects tones from other elements but is completely different. How about a funky ceramic vase? Or interesting fabric on bar stools?
So as you look at the possibilities in your home, sure, use white to open and brighten a space. Then mix in some wood tones — and bring it together with an awesome finishing touch!
Cathy Lee is a home style expert, speaker, president and designer of Cathy Lee Style. Her redesigns of residential and business spaces have been featured in local and national publications and on HGTV.