A color block kitchen takes inspiration from the great artist Piet Mondrian.
With mimosa having been “color of the year” and catalogs with yellow décor on the covers, it’s only natural to take a closer look at the way a bright mottled yellow is used in this color block kitchen by designer Linda Applewhite. Usually, kitchen color is defined by cabinets. Here, the big effect comes from the use of color on the curved surfaces of the peninsula and soffit, which frame the open space. The sub-theme of the kitchen is geometry which helps explain tile colors grouted into the neutral wall, circles and cube cut outs on the chair backs, and a color block kitchen area rug. It’s a very pretty, colorful kitchen clearly inspired by the work of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Piet Mondrian. And why not?
In the kitchen a band of black is used around the toe kick to help unify the space. And then black is repeated in the vent hood. It’s as if this 1921 painting by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian had been mashed up and cleverly repurposed for the kitchen scheme — with the black along the bottom, a block of white cabinets on the range wall, yellow on the peninsula and squares of color placed into the backsplash. This is, after all, what artistic inspiration is all about.
(Source: lindaapplewhite.com, holtzman trust)
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