What’s new and exciting and innovative in kitchen design? Let’s see what’s cookin’.
It seems bold design is taking over, leading to beautiful kitchen spaces. And what do I mean when I say “bold”?
How about a fish tank built into the backsplash behind the sink? Fish tanks are always relaxing and somehow mesmerizing, so let that effect take place in the kitchen. And since this tank is right there by the sink, cleaning is much easier. Add to that a color-changing backlit LED, and you have the making of a fancy restaurant right in your own home.
Another thought: If you have a dining room right next to the kitchen with a wall separating them, the fish tank might do well nestled into that common wall so the view can be enjoyed from both rooms.
Do you have a large window in your kitchen that shows off the beautiful outdoors? Consider kitchen cabinets of a color that reflects the look of the outdoors. The blending of the cabinets and the view will make the kitchen seem larger, and bring the outdoors closer. If your view is mainly plants and trees, complete the indoor/outdoor connection by putting plants on the windowsill.
Consider using glass tiles to make the kitchen floor look like a mosaic. Now look up at the ceiling. Paint a mural or flower or trompe l’oeil up there.
Do you like lots of colors? Are you a fan of having many colors coordinated in one room? If so, consider multicoloring your kitchen with the cabinets. One set of cabinets might be blue, while a bank of drawers on the end could be yellow. The cabinets above could be red. You get the picture. Pick your favorite colors and make it happen. Wallpaper or glass tiles on the wall that contain all those colors will complete the picture.
You like bold colors, but not all mixed in one room? Fine. There are many available bold kitchen-cabinet colors such as neon green, sunshine yellow, cherry red and cobalt blue, to name just a few. Go for it.
Ever considered “ground effects” for your kitchen? All it takes is LED lighting tucked into the toe-kick of the cabinets. It gives quite a glow at night when the other lights are off and all you see is the luminosity coming from the kitchen.
There you have it — bold and beautiful.
Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of “Mystery of Color.” For design inquiries, write to Rosemary at DsgnQuest@aol.com.