25 January 2015

KITCHEN DESIGN | 2015 renovation ideas

A new year ....new designs to gather inspiration from.
If you're torn between light and dark cabinets like I am hopefully
some of these images will help in the decision process.

What's great about this kitchen is the matte finish of the dark cabinets with the glossiness
of the white countertops, tiles behind the stove and the stainless hood.
The trey ceiling is finished in gloss white as well as just makes this room so glam.
An important thing to note about the 'shine' of this room is that it wouldnt/couldnt happen without
great lighting... take note of recessed halogens in the ceiling and those gorgeous fixtures over
the island... no kitchen works without thoughtfully planned lighting.
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Tamara Magel Interiors



These white cabinets with grey/white marble countertops and backsplash bring traditional style to 
with modern edge.  I love the light wood floor and the pop of black from the island.
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Alisberg Parker Architects
Kitchens, for me, are all about the amount of storage and workspace.  I have to have lots of cabinets
for china, stemware, serving pieces and loads of workspace for meal prep.
This space has an awesome wall of cabinets, floor to ceiling and I'm loving the grey countertops with white cabinets.  A center island with space for stools is a great addition.
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Charlotte Dunagan Design Group
This is so WOW.... 
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Tamara Magel
The clean lines of this space keep functionality at a max...again Loving the mix of white cabinets 
and dark gloss countertops with stainless.  Loads of storage, workspace and light.
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Alisberg Parker Architects
All of these kitchens are timeless.  I think its important to keep things neutral and above all when 
designing your kitchen, whether its new construction or a renovation, if your going to splurge anywhere, do it in this room and do it with longevity in mind.  No trendy pieces or decorating please!
One thing I love to do is carry the same cabinets and countertops into the baths as well.  This gives your home cohesiveness. When you're purchasing the foundations of this room think how will it hold up...in 20 years when the kids are grown and you're still depending on this room as the heart of your home, will the cabinets be falling apart or will they still be as gorg as the day you got them...will the countertop be worn out...{those gross edges of formica peeling off...i really hate that!} or will they be as glossy, gorgeous and shiny as day 1?  Quality is always best.... save a little more...and get the things that will last, otherwise you'll be back to square one sooner than you want to be.

Happy Design Musings
         xoxo, ande

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