Before & After – A Light And Airy Modern Kitchen

LIGHT AND AIRY MODERN KITCHEN KATE DWELL IN STYLE BEFORE & AFTER

Source: Design*Sponge

Hi guys, I am starting a new series where I will share my favorite makeovers (not everything online, ONLY my favorites) that I’ve seen with mind blowing before & after pics, obviously. Not only you’ll get to look at envy-inducing outcomes but I will be highlighting various simple design decisions made from the project that we can all learn from.

First and foremost, I love kitchens that are like this. Personally, I love white and colored cabinets. Well, some colors can look cheap or cheesy too but as long as you stick with neutral colors, it’s hard to go wrong.

With wood cabinets, you need to be careful because some wood actually looks cheap (especially with laminates because it’s not real wood, folks!). Sure, there are faux fur, faux leather that can be passed off as the real deal but you need to know what you’re doing (understanding of wood grains) in order to pick a wood laminate that actually looks like wood instead of well, laminates. Some woods like mahogany, maple were once trendy but are now less popular choices as compared to oak and walnut. The last thing you want is for your kitchen to look like it was done last decade when you’ve only renovated it couple of years ago. It’s not easy (unlike your living room and bedrooms) to switch out cabinets or hack those tiles (plus it can be expensive), thus it’s so important to opt for a timeless look for our kitchens and bathrooms.

LIGHT AND AIRY MODERN KITCHEN KATE DWELL IN STYLE

I’ve labeled 1-9 things we can learn from this makeover, as evidently, different things come together to form this beautiful kitchen –

// Art in the kitchen // A lot people are afraid to put art in their kitchen because they don’t want to damage it. You don’t have to put ultra fancy or expensive art in your kitchen, they can even be DIY art and you don’t have to hang a bunch of them or hanging one at every wall. Having one is mostly enough. In my opinion, don’t hang obvious arts like fruits or food in your kitchen, try abstract arts or even DIY arts that mean something to you.

// Plants in the kitchen // Maybe that plant was brought in for the photo shoot, maybe not. I believe that having some greenery around can lift one’s spirits. It’s also very inviting as if to say, come sit here.

LIGHT AND AIRY MODERN KITCHEN KATE DWELL IN STYLE WHITE AND BRASS

// Mixed metals // I am a big fan of mixed metals, no secret. It’s one trick that you do to elevate your kitchen from amateur to well thought out. Chrome or brushed nickel faucets are easily available and many are affordable. The savings you get from here can be used to incorporate metals such as brass or copper to add warmth and personalize your kitchen.

// Brass for warmth // White kitchens are classic, but they can be cold and sterile (think hospital or laboratory) which translates to uninviting. The gold in brass is a warm color and unlike your stainless steel appliances, brass adds warmth to the space. These pendants are crazily beautiful in such a simple way and they show up everywhere in envy-inducing homes.

See mixed metals and light pendants as trends for 2016 here.

// Hexagon tiles over subway tiles // Some people swear that if they see another kitchen with subway tiles, they’re going to throw a fit. OK, maybe not really but seriously, white kitchen WITH white subway tiles can be VERY generic looking. So, cheers for the hexagon tiles.

LIGHT AND AIRY MODERN KITCHEN KATE DWELL IN STYLE WOOD BAR STOOLS AND FLOATING SHELVES

// Floating shelves over upper cabinets // This kitchen is so airy not only because it’s white and bright, but it also has ZERO upper cabinets. If you’re the folks who need tons of storage in your kitchen, you gotta admit this is a gutsy move! Wood floating shelves are perfect because wood provides the warmth that is much needed in a white kitchen. It doesn’t work this well if you have a lot of dinnerware in different colors. This look is not for everyone, but it’s one look that I adore because 1, convenient for anyone to grab something (like a plate), 2, I get to display stuff and 3, I LOVE airy kitchens, they are less kitchen-like especially if yours is an open concept (so you don’t feel like you’re sitting inside a kitchen all the time).

// Wooden bar stools // Once again, adding warmth and it perfectly coordinates with the floating shelves and flooring. Repeating a color or element is another trick to create a well designed look.

More kitchen bar stools and dining chairs here.

// Color blocking // The green used has no relation to the rest of the kitchen (except for the plants!). Color blocking can create a focal point and memorable feature most effectively in a white space. Green cabinets? No thanks! This simple move of adding a dash of color at the peninsula adds personality to this kitchen, it’s truly a classy way to have some fun and use colors (note that how the shade of green ties to the plants).

Pss…I will totally go for a waterfall peninsula/island like this kitchen if I have the budget for it.

// Wood flooring // If you need tiles for your kitchen, how about wood-looking tiles? This kitchen will unavoidably look much colder if it has tiles flooring.

LIGHT AND AIRY MODERN KITCHEN KATE DWELL IN STYLE CLASSIC WHITE

This makeover proves that kitchens can be both beautiful and practical. And by saving on some areas, you can afford to have beautiful hardware, gorgeous pendant lights and marble countertop. It’s really about balancing what you need and what you want, with a few simple tricks (1-9) you can set out to achieve your dream kitchen that is within your budget. Of course, it all starts with a desire to want one and you know I do. Watch this blog for more such makeovers (from other sites/sources AND not limited to kitchens).

Like this post? Read How To Personalize A White Kitchen.

All words by me. Images by credited links.

 

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