Hi, it’s Gabrielle from Savvy Home here again! A few weeks ago, I promised Vanessa a kitchen. People always say the kitchen is the heart of a home but in order to make it so, we need to make it inviting. It wasn’t until today that I found the right one to feature. Designed by the celebrated Phoebe Howard, this kitchen is elegant, classic and tame compared to the kitchens I normally go for.
Kitchen cabinets can be easily painted, so you can afford to go a little crazy with color. As for everything else, I tend to be more conservative with the choice of surfaces, finishes, millwork, and hardware. After all, timelessness is an important characteristic for a kitchen.
Granted, this particular kitchen is huge, and not everyone has the budget or the space for that type of kitchen. I chose it because as it holds a lot of stuff, it also holds a lot of inspiration! If you’re planning on renovating your kitchen, I hope you’ll find a few helpful tips in here, whether your space (and your budget) is big or small.
1. A kitchen will look more elegant if the cabinets go up all the way to the ceiling. Even if your ceiling is vaulted, they should stop where the ceiling starts.
2. Mouldings on top of the cabinets also add to the elegance factor in a big way.
3. Glass cabinets are a great way to make a kitchen seem more spacious. If you don’t want to display your clutter, mirrored cabinets are a fantastic option. They will even make the room brighter by reflecting the outdoor light.
4. Don’t want to break the flow of the hardwood floors in your home? Extend them into the kitchen. I love the wider-plank matte floor for a more modern finish.
5. Industrial pendants work wonders in a kitchen. Hang them lower over the work surfaces, or higher as general overhead lighting.
6. Porcelain subway tiles have been a classic budget splash back option for a long time. They’re a budget-friendly option that won’t go out of style. Make the grout darker for a edgier look and easier maintenance.
7. Carrara marble countertops are my favorite, but they’re a little pricier. Usually, “the darker the grain, the lower price you’ll get on your marble slab” is a good rule of thumb.
8. If you have a bit of space, create visual impact by designating an area for a coffee bar, breakfast bar, or simply a bar.
9. Hardware is the jewellery of the room. Don’t be afraid to splurge as they make for big impact in the kitchen!
10. Don’t be afraid to paint your island a different color than your cabinets. It the millwork is the same, the visual coherence will remain.
I’ve used a few of these tips in a friend’s kitchen who was on a much smaller budget. Could you see yourself implementing a few of these tips too? Which one do you find the most helpful?
See you next week!0