Cre­ate a dream kitchen with these 3 clever ideas

Take your kitchen to the next level with these three el­e­ments.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY VIC­TO­RIA VAN VLEAR PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY JES­SICA WHITE

this kitchen re­model in Salt Lake City, Utah, by Stu­dio McGee is high-end and yet still re­tains cozy cot­tage charm.

If you’re look­ing to get

your own dream kitchen this year, here are some ideas to help you on your way.

• CAB­I­NETS AND BACK­SPLASH. Two-tone cab­i­nets paired with a Cala­catta mar­ble back­splash keep things clean and chic. The gray lower cab­i­nets ground the space, while the white up­per cab­i­nets add to the dreamy feel. The mar­ble ties the two to­gether with its tones. “By not wrap­ping the up­per cab­i­nets all the way around the kitchen and do­ing two-toned cab­i­nets, [we made] this kitchen feel cus­tom­ized,” says the Stu­dio McGee team. “We made the space feel larger and grander by tak­ing the Cala­catta mar­ble back­splash all the way up to the ceil­ing.”

• OPEN SHELVES. Closed cab­i­nets and open shelves al­low for the best of both worlds. You can hide your ev­ery­day es­sen­tials in the cab­i­nets and dis­play the pret­ti­est dishes and serv­ing plat­ters on the open shelves. “Open shelv­ing is a great way to bring char­ac­ter and charm to the space; it opens it up and gives you a chance to show off your fa­vorite kitchen sup­plies,” the Stu­dio McGee team says.

• DE­TAILS. Just like jew­elry can make an out­fit, ac­ces­sories can make a space. The sconces above the sink and the cab­i­net knobs and drawer-pulls are pol­ished brass, while the faucet is pol­ished nickel. This com­bi­na­tion blends the trendy with the time­less. “The pol­ished nickel faucet bal­ances out the brass de­tails in the kitchen, so it feels time­less in­stead of trendy,” the Stu­dio McGee team says.

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