The Versatility of Marble

The Versatility of Marble | dmagazine.com | design-vox.com

Probably 70% of the kitchen photos that I share feature marble. It is easily my favorite countertop material visually speaking. I know it has its shortcomings (rare varieties can be very expensive and it’s susceptible to scratching and staining) but to me it’s worth it for the sheer beauty. Though it has a distinctive appearance, it can work in probably any style home. The marble in the kitchen above is subtle and soft, one of the more common veining patterns, and it fits in perfectly with the grand and glamorous design.

The Versatility of Marble | cameralink.se/artists/idha-lindhag | design-vox.com

This marble’s darker gray streaks and almost speckled quality make it more visually striking which really adds interest to this rather minimalist, modern kitchen.

The Versatility of Marble | nytimes.com | design-vox.com

Normally I’m drawn to the more standard simple gray veining in Carrera marble, but this photo is threatening to change my mind. This is clearly one of those more rare varieties of marble that probably costs an arm and a leg, but holy cow is it ever gorgeous. And just an absolutely perfect treatment, the way it’s been used as both the countertop and the backsplash as well as a seamless sink and shelf. Here marble seems to take on a rustic quality that it normally doesn’t have, accentuated by a rough (cement maybe?) wall treatment and casual collection of items on the shelf. I love it!

one | D Magazine via Christine Dovey
two | Joanna Lavén and Idha Lindhag via dustjacket attic
three | NYTimes via Remodelista

Black In The Kitchen

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A real life interior designer once told me that every room needs at least a bit of black. I believe she was entirely accurate, and some rooms will do quite well with more than just a bit. Black can be intimidating for a lot of people. Won’t it make the room too dark? Won’t it feel gloomy? Well it might, but if its use is well thought out it can be dramatic, modern, even cozy. Just like other hues, the way black feels and works in a room entirely depends on its application. If you really don’t want your room to feel dark and especially if you don’t have much natural light, of course you don’t want to paint everything black. The above kitchen uses black liberally but there’s also a lot of white, light floors, and sunlight.

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Okay yes, this is definitely more dark navy than it is black, but it gives a similar effect. Another common misconception is that dark colors simply can not work in small spaces. Again, I think the key in any size room is to make sure the darkness is not going to be overwhelming, that it’s balanced. Even with a dark ceiling and floors, the counter and backsplash create a bright visual break, and ample lighting including under-cabinet and in-cabinet makes the room glow.

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This is more in line with the “bit of black” principle and isn’t it gorgeous? I realize not everyone is able to find things like ovens and range hoods so thrilling but I sure can. Not only is this massive cooking area incredibly functional, it’s so pretty to look at. That’s my favorite kind of functional. Brass, black, and white. Hard to go wrong with that combo. How do you like the dark grout with the subway tile? It certainly gives it a modern pop that light grout wouldn’t. I love the dark grout but personally I’d probably go lighter.

one | Bo Bedre via nicety
two |  Ashley Whittaker Design via dustjacket attic
three | Domino via nicety

Delicious Kitchens

Delicious Kitchens | gisbertpoeppler.com | design-vox.com

White meets black. Modern meets antique. Awesome meets awesome. Though I do believe only a select few humans could actually reach the top shelf of that cupboard. But it’s okay because brass.

Delicious Kitchens | thedesignfiles.net | design-vox.com

The wavy texture of those tiles is wonderful. I would love to cook here with all that sunlight streaming in.

Delicious Kitchens | kellywearstler.com | design-vox.com

If you haven’t already seen this kitchen you obviously don’t read as many design blogs as I do. It is very popular and with good reason. I think my face metaphorically melted off the first time I saw it. I mean those cupboards. The perfect shade of green with gold detailing. THAT BACKSPLASH. Is the counter and sink all one piece?? And those black floors. Ugh it’s just so beautiful. As one would expect only a celebrity can afford this, and her name is Cameron Diaz thanks to the genius of designer Kelly Wearstler. Though I suppose anyone can afford green paint, right? Would you have the stomach to give deep green kitchen cabinets a try?

oneGisbert Pöppler via dustjacket attic
two | Penelope Loorham via the design files
threeKelly Wearstler via Dicordia Design

Open Shelving in Kitchens

Open Shelving in Kitchens | michaelisboyd.com | design-vox.com

Open shelving in kitchens is a matter of contention in the design world. Are they visually interesting or just visual clutter? Do they make it easy to grab the dishes you need or do they make it impossible to keep those dishes clean? My answer to both those questions: It depends. If the person filling the shelves has a good eye for styling they’ll know what to use and how to do it in a way that is appealing, not just a jumbled mess. It does take a certain amount of skill and probably some trial and error. And you will probably want to have nice looking dishes. As for keeping those dishes free of dust, if they’re dishes that you use often, at least several times a week, it shouldn’t be an issue.

Open Shelving in Kitchens | Nate Berkus | design-vox.com

So if you think you have what it takes to pull off open shelves, do consider it because they can be seriously gorgeous. As these first two images illustrate, it can be done in a classy, uncluttered way. Instead of dishes you use frequently you could also opt for items you rarely use but want to display, and by all means mix in purely decorative stuff too.

Open Shelving in Kitchens | thedesignfiles.net | design-vox.com

I’m on board with this version too. Filled to the brim! It works because the items are all related (almost all vases) and with the exception of a few reds and blues they are neutral in color. Also vital is the fact that every major surface in the room (except the floor) is white. This keeps the room feeling clean and serene despite the riot of relative clutter. This maximalist approach takes serious styling skills so attempt at your own risk. :)

one | Michaelis Boyd via desire to inspire
two | Nate Berkus via shop talk
three | Cressida Campbell via the design files

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