The kitchen I have to share with you today makes my color loving heart happy. A kitchen filled with beautiful shades of blues and greens. Don’t get me wrong, I love a white kitchen. And I think a white kitchen is timeless and will NEVER go out of style. But, I also think a home should reflect the people who live there. It should tell a story where each room is a chapter that reveals a little bit more of the mystery of the family who lives there. And for these two creative clients, color is a big part of their story. It was my pleasure to help write the kitchen chapter of their home’s narrative.
The biggest compliment I can get from a client is that my designs don’t look cookie cutter. These clients sought me out because they said they loved my eclectic approach to designing my own kitchen. You can see more of that HERE and HERE. They showed me an inspiration photo they had clipped from a magazine years prior. Together, we worked to re-interpret the feel of that inspiration kitchen into something that would work with their space and budget. Ready to see more?
Magazine Inspiration Photo
When I saw the inspiration image I immediately knew the Cloe blue subway tile would be exactly the piece that could bring this look together. The unique way in which the window was set back from the sink made the perfect nook for taking the tile all the way to the ceiling.
When planning a tile layout I always consider the starting and stopping points of the tile. In order to have clean lines in this kitchen we extended the cabinets to the ceiling. That allowed the tile to flow from the counter to the ceiling and wrap around the window with defined stopping points. The mitered cuts around the window make the design look seamless. Only the most skilled tile installer can pull this off and I have the best!! The very best!! And all that color variation in the tile makes it even more important to use an expert installer who will lay all the tile out and determine the best flow of color.
The tile was the easy choice. Choosing a paint color proved much more difficult. Because my clients are very skilled in color theory, they knew what they were looking for. We left no stone unturned in pursuit of the perfect accompanying cabinet color. I think we probably looked at 40 different blue, blue/green, blue/gray, paint colors before settling on the perfect hue. The winner was AF-470 Flora. I think it is the perfect color to highlight the tile. We also painted the outlet covers this color so they would integrate better into the tile backsplash.
In addition to the new tile backsplash and raising the cabinet height we also lowered the two tiered bar and replaced the countertops with a soft white quartz, and replaced the sink and faucet for a beautiful, colorful, facelift for this kitchen.
The homeowner has inherited many beautiful antique and vintage pieces that work so beautifully in the new kitchen.
Now, this kitchen tells a story. A story of a love of soft muted colors. I hope it will bring them many smiles with great friends and families over the years as they write new chapters.
After photos by Leslie Brown of Visible Style.
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