Helaine Mallory Kitchen Accessories December 11, 2017 15:24:12
Fruit in a beautiful dish always looks great on a kitchen counter or on an island. The marble backsplash in this kitchen by Kapito Muller Interiors is the perfect backdrop to show off the bright yellow of the lemons. You could create a similar look with oranges or limes.
Plants are a great accent to use when styling your kitchen counters. You can either use one plant like in this kitchen by House of Jade Interiors or use several plants throughout your space. You could even grow fresh herbs and keep those out on the counter.
“When planning a kitchen layout placing the sink under a window is a great option” says designer Karen Sealy. “Having a nice view can make washing the dishes or prepping food more enjoyable.” In this space she specified shutters to complete the room’s transitional style. “Using shutters is a low-maintenance alternative to drapery that still controls light levels and views” she says.
“I like the whimsical pulls used as a detail put here and there to personalize the kitchen. They say I like grapes or I love antique cars and they ll always have a place“ says Morea. “That kind of whimsy works really well at a second home or a vacation home. I have one client in Florida for example who used 125 hardware pieces in one beach house kitchen all starfish and it looked great. Pulls shaped like twigs and leaves work in a mountain retreat kitchen.“ In an ordinary kitchen pulls in fun shapes and colors strike a nice note when used sparingly. “For a personal touch I might use a few on a wine drawer or the doors of a wet bar or maybe one or two on overhead cabinets that aren t real close to the main cabinets.“
Larger pulls are “in“ these days too particularly among urban kitchen owners who follow the latest trends. “Those customers are gravitating towards larger drawers and horizontal cabinets and so we re designing oversize pulls that look good in proportion“ says Atlas Homewares Morea. “One of my favorites is the more modern matte black pulls that give that Asian feel and make a simple stylish statement.“
Fabric-based window treatments are a great way to balance all the hard surfaces in the kitchen while also adding pattern and color. This custom arched shade can raise and lower to control sunlight and privacy. “Whether up or down the shade keeps the kitchen feeling sunny with splashes of yellow from this Thom Filicia fabric Prospect in Shadow“ says the manufacturer. Continue the look by using fabric in places like lampshades (see the shades on the wall sconces) barstools chairs and even Fido s bed.