Archive | Kitchens

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

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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Four Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas

kitchen tile backsplash ideas - white and colored 3 x 6" subway tile backsplash design by Tiffany Brooks - hgtv via atticmag

Four kitchen tile backsplash ideas guarantee unique results and a one-of-a-kind kitchen look.

Nothing says “it’s my kitchen” more than the choice of a tile backsplash. And no aspect of kitchen design is more difficult for most people to choose. That’s why backsplashes are often left for last when the budget is nearly gone and renovationm fatigue has set in. At that point, too many people can’t make up their minds and settle for the most generic, least expensive option which leads to the backsplash blahs. We’ve all seen them in endless numbers of kitchens: the same monotone white subway tiles, small glass mosaics, stacked rectangles, and the same boring neutrals.… Continue Reading

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Double Sided Glass Cabinets

double sided glass cabinets - white kitchen with glass upper cabinets over the island - Ferguson & Shamamian via Atticmag

Double sided glass cabinets — over an island or in a wall — usher light into  kitchens in two different ways.

I’ve long been intrigued by the way top New York architects Ferguson & Shamamian use double sided glass cabinets in kitchens they design. One strategy is to add a ceiling-hung glass cabinet over an island to more or less act as a screen between the working and eating zones. For a classic white family kitchen in a 5000-square foot Park Avenue apartment [top], a large glass upper cabinet was made in three sections and centered over the island. Accessible from both sides, it has glass end panels and interior illumination plus task lighting below.… Continue Reading

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