Archive | Kitchens

Kitchens of all styles and colors to inspire renovating, redecorating or dreaming.

Swedish Loft Kitchen

loft kitchen - dark gray open loft kitchen in a Swedish apartment is open to the living space - AlvhemMakleri.se via Atticmag

A loft kitchen, on the top floor of a 19th century apartment building in Sweden, is a dark dazzler.

This small compact kitchen combines economies of space often required in apartments with dramatic dark gray walls and cabinets that help it seamlessly blend into the adjacent living space — and enhance it. The kitchen’s palette offers no color — cabinets are plated slate gray, satin black with white marble counters and backsplash. And as kitchens go, this one is dark — very dark.

The very deep gray color works, in part, because there is abundant natural light from large dormer windows in the roof.… Continue Reading

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Open Kitchen Shelves

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Kitchens are more interesting as rooms when they are move away from fortress cabinets to open kitchen shelves.

Think of it this way: no other room in the house has furniture lining every inch of every wall, floor to ceiling, so why should the kitchen? I think it’s time to let go of the “gotta hide it” urge and allow serveware, cookware and other accessories to be displayed as well as stored on open kitchen shelves.

These ten kitchens offer a variety of ways to approach open storage. And while many of the accessories displayed in these kitchens look carefully arranged (because they are styled for photography) a more casual approach is equally valid and practical.… Continue Reading

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Nordic Color Kitchens

nordic color kitchens - neutral mix of whites and grays in a large kitchen - Est Magazine via Atticmag

Inspired by nature, Nordic color kitchens are neutral, the ultimate mix of pale tones with hues of sea and sky.

The Belgian kitchen aesthetic has been touted on many blogs but Nordic color kitchens are lesser known. Derived from Swedish, Danish and Finnish décor these are based on a mixed neutral palette inspired by nature. Essentially, the color schemes are derived from the colors of snow, ice, sand, sky, sea, earth, ash, wood, rusted metal, charcoal and the midnight sky. That plays out as a range of whites, off-whites, sandy beiges, wood tones, pale to medium blues, light to darkest grays, and black.… Continue Reading

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Salvage Kitchen Cabinets

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Reworking materials is never easy, especially when it comes to salvage kitchen cabinets.

Often the materials or surfaces are old and in need of restoration and repair. Sometimes vintage pieces will fit and other times they must be altered. With salvage kitchen cabinets, I would expect build arounds — as I learned when we repurposed a dozen divided light interior doors and salvage mantel for my house. The other element of salvage materials is the quirkiness they add to décor. Not everyone wants eccentricities in their kitchen even though that kind of originality may be unique and unforgettable.

Two great examples of salvage kitchen cabinets were designed and built by the California architectural firm of Studio Carver and the former Carver + Schickentanz.… Continue Reading

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Subway Tile Eurosplash Kitchen

subway tile eurosplash - gray kitchen with white subway tiles and black grout used counter to ceiling behind the black Lacanche range - domino via atticmag

What’s a subway tile eurosplash? Tile from counter to ceiling that gives this handsome gray kitchen its unique look.

When it come to kitchen tile my motto is “more.” That’s why the design for my kitchen began with  tile. And it’s likely why a New York restaurateur chose a subway tile eurosplash look for her stunning gray, black and white Greenwich Village kitchen. With five kids in the house, the white subways set with black grout are practical, too.

The subways run counter to ceiling all along the range wall [top]. It’s important to have a heatproof material behind a powerful range like this black Lacanche and tiling behind and all around the matching range hood keeps the look consistent.… Continue Reading

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Bottle Green Kitchens

bottle green kitchens - transitional bottle green kitchen with cream and natural wood accents - Kohler home ideas via atticmag

The world of color may be focused on Marsala but lately I’m seeing sophisticated wine bottle green kitchens.

There’s a green kitchens renaissance going on but not the recycling kind.  A few years back, kitchen cabinet greens were bright and sharp with a clear appetite for food colors like lime, apple and pistachio. Then emerald green became the decorator’s darling and the greens turned blacker and bluer. But kitchens tend to lag behind decorating color trends or miss them entirely. Kitchen color most often goes to neutrals such as white, gray and wood tones as many home owners shy away from color commitments.… Continue Reading

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