Red makes a statement for any season of the year.
Bright, festive and high octane, red is one of my favorite colors for kitchens, appliances and fitted designs and one I seriously considered when we built our house. I know why. In the corner of my childhood home, my Dad had installed a bright red leather booth. I adored sitting there with my Mom while we ate lunch so happy associations with the color stuck.
Sleek European-style lacquered metal cabinets [top] are so effective for any kitchen. While this one leans towards the deeper shade of holly berries, the red cabinet walls are crisp, modern and very snappy with the anthracite and stainless backsplash. It’s a good mix with the stainless appliances. Cream-color upholstered chairs, bar stools, the marble table and floor help soften the red in the open living space. The wood-tone counter that wraps the top and side of the eating counter coordinates well with the java tones in the chair legs and table base and sets off the light finish on the stools. The attention to detail here, both in the kitchen and seating area, looks very designer-done.
Red, white and green looks naturally festive this time of the year but it’s also a classic combination – particularly with the 1940’s vibe jadeite hue. While I’m not usually a fan of contrasting wall color it works here because everything above the base cabinets is ivory – which allows them to pop.
Tweaking it down a notch, color used to highlight this unique sink cabinet is very effective in calling attention to it. It’s one of the few country kitchen farm sinks I’ve seen installed against a wall but designed like an island sink. Drawers on each side of the sink are a great idea borrowed from an island with matching faux drawer-fronts used to hide the plumbing. Most people want to hide cleaning supplies that normally go in a cabinet below the sink but I feel it’s enormously clever to have the open pot-shelf below. It’s a great space for a hyper-organized owner to stow things or use purely as decorative space.
(Source: Houzz, traditional-woodworking.com, BH&G)