Glamorous White Kitchens

Glamorous White Kitchens | interieurs finnie & ward | design-vox.com

I am consistently drawn to white kitchens. Or near whites like off-white, cream, or very light gray. When done right white kitchens feel so classy and clean, and of course bright. The above kitchen is a little traditional for my tastes but who am I kidding, I’d be thrilled to cook in it.

Glamorous White Kitchens | peppermintbliss.com | design-vox.com

And then you add brass and I’m like “awww yiss”. It’s funny, I have some acquaintances who are notoriously a little stuck in the ’80s with their decoration choices so naturally they love brass. When I’m around people poking fun at them for their outdated style and the topic of brass comes up I always want to leap up and say, “No, they actually have that one right!” I have come to their aid before trying to explain that there’s a difference between nasty, overly yellow, cheap-looking brass and gorgeous, rich, quality brass finishes. One day they’ll all believe me… one day.

Glamorous White Kitchens | christinedovey.com | design-vox.com

And then you add a pop of pink flowers, an ornate vintage chandelier and a waterfall of Carrara marble and basically we all have to give up because no one is going to top this. I’m kidding, to a point. Because seriously this kitchen is so delicious. Very near my absolute dream kitchen. Would you agree?

one | interieurs finnie & ward,  leona mozes photograry, via dustjacket attic
two | Bailey McArthy, photography by Kimberly Chau, via Style Me Pretty
three | Christine Dovey, photography by Ashley Capp, via Style Me Pretty

Rustic Kitchen Beauties

Rustic Kitchen Beauties | jhinteriordesign.com | design-vox.com

Not everything about this kitchen is rustic but it definitely has that vibe with its rough cement floors, giant wood table, and wood beam ceiling. They’ve also worked in mid-century modern chairs, industrial looking cupboards, and a very glam chandelier. Oh how I love style mixing.

Rustic Kitchen Beauties | kararosenlund.com | design-vox.com

Despite its glossy cupboard doors and marble countertop this kitchen too has a rustic soul. There is something so delicious about white on white on white. Most people I know would never dream of using so much white but look at it people. Am I wrong that this is gorgeous? I’ll tell you what I believe to be the two keys to pulling off so much white in a room. One, the room must have good light, preferably lots of natural light. And two, texture! Varying textures can create just as much visual interest as varying colors. Shiny, matte, feathery, weathered, wiry, rough, smooth, etc. They’re all here.

Rustic Kitchen Beauties | laurenliess.com | design-vox.com

I am basically obsessed with this kitchen. A lovely off-white cream is paired with black and beautiful wood tones. Bronze cabinet hardware happily coexists with a brass faucet. And then there’s the art. I can not get enough of kitchens with art. In a room that can feel utilitarian it is the easiest way to add personality. Not often is there a whole wall available to fill up, but man if you have the opportunity to do something like this, take it! I especially love how the piece of the ocean horizon is directly above the sink, perhaps mimicking the view out an absent window.

one | Jessica Helgerson via dustjacket attic
two | Kara Rosenlund via Dicordia Design
three | Lauren Liess via blood and champagne

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

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