Tips and Tricks for an El­e­gant Kitchen

Cottages & Bungalows - - Kitchens -

1. DON’T OVERDO IT.

There’s a nec­es­sary bal­ance when you in­tro­duce mod­ern ameni­ties to a tra­di­tional home, so con­sider the style of your home as a whole be­fore plan­ning your changes. “You can’t have a con­tem­po­rary kitchen when the rest of the house is tra­di­tional,” says Ta­tiana. “It comes down to se­lect­ing the right de­sign el­e­ments.”

2. HIDE AP­PLI­ANCES.

Stain­less steel ap­pli­ances are great for func­tion, but don’t ex­actly fit into a clas­sic de­sign. “With one view of the kitchen, you can’t see the ap­pli­ances, so you can fo­cus on other ma­te­ri­als,” Ta­tiana says.

3. BE SE­LEC­TIVE WITH MA­TE­RI­ALS.

When it comes to plan­ning your new look, pri­or­i­tize your ma­te­ri­als over paint col­ors. “Pick your ma­te­ri­als first and wall col­ors last,” says Ta­tiana. “There are mil­lions of wall col­ors, so you can pull shades from your ma­te­ri­als to se­lect the wall col­ors.”

4. DON’T FOR­GET THE WIN­DOWS.

“Win­dows should com­ple­ment the rest of the space,” says Ta­tiana. “They’re an ar­chi­tec­tural fea­ture that should be part of the in­te­rior de­sign process.”

5. PLAN OUT YOUR SPACE.

The lay­out of your kitchen is the most im­por­tant func­tional aspect. “Space plan­ning will change with tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary kitchens,” says Ta­tiana. “A fam­ily will have dif­fer­ent needs than a cou­ple or sin­gle per­son, so [space] is the first thing I plan.”

might ask. The deep-blue cab­i­net is a cus­tom piece that con­ceals the re­frig­er­a­tor and in­cludes side cup­boards for food.

Other changes were equally cre­ative so­lu­tions. “The orig­i­nal kitchen had ex­posed beams that were tak­ing up space, so we raised them and cov­ered them be­hind the ceil­ing dry­wall,” says Ta­tiana. “That way, they’re hid­den, but still sup­port­ing the ceil­ing.”They also re­placed the cab­i­nets, floor­ing and ap­pli­ances. “We tore out ev­ery sin­gle thing in that kitchen,” she says. “There wasn’t even any dry­wall, so we could up­date the plumb­ing and elec­tri­cal.”

THE BLEND­ING OF STYLES

Ta­tiana chose shades of white and gray for the walls and cab­i­nets, to stay tra­di­tional and pre­vent any one piece from stand­ing out.

“You don’t want any pieces to jump out at you,” she says. “You want a smooth tran­si­tion be­tween ma­te­ri­als and col­ors to keep the eye look­ing around the space.” With this color pal­ette, the tra­di­tional aes­thetic is main­tained, and you can switch out sea­sonal dé­cor items with ease.

She picked clas­sic fur­ni­ture pieces to bring in the antique look and used leaded glass on the cab­i­nets to con­tinue the tra­di­tional look in a sub­tle way. The de­tails of the swirled-mar­ble or­nate back­splash also add char­ac­ter to the space.

“You want a smooth tran­si­tion be­tween ma­te­ri­als and col­ors to keep the eye look­ing around the space.”

Ta­tiana was able to seam­lessly blend mod­ern el­e­ments into this tra­di­tional kitchen, giv­ing it a fresh feel with­out mak­ing the el­e­ments look out of place in the home.

The cus­tom-made cab­i­net that con­ceals the re­frig­er­a­tor has built-in draw­ers and cup­boards for ex­tra stor­age space. Pull-out draw­ers al­low easy ac­cess to food items and small ap­pli­ances.

ABOVE RIGHT| The open­ing from the kitchen to the break­fast nook was al­most com­pletely blocked by stor­age cab­i­nets. “[The home­owner] wanted the ex­tra stor­age, but also wanted open­ness to the break­fast nook,” says Ta­tiana, “so we made stor­age a pri­or­ity in the kitchen and knocked down the cab­i­netry.” Other than the en­trance, the break­fast nook didn’t un­dergo any ma­jor changes. It main­tained its orig­i­nal ter­ra­cotta tile floor­ing and fur­ni­ture; they re­placed the chan­de­lier lamp­shades and chair cush­ions and re­painted the walls.

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