Since October is National Kitchen and Bath Month I’m going to largely concentrate on these specific areas of your home for the next few weeks. I will continue to blog about other things and other areas, too, but in honor of NKABM I will focus each week on these very important, personal spaces in particular. Hopefully this month’s focus will give you some wonderful ideas for the kitchen and baths in your own home. Today I want to concentrate on the kitchen. The kitchen is probably the most important, most frequently used space in the home so giving careful attention to detail here is highly recommended. This is not the place to skimp. Not only is a grand, interesting, charming kitchen great for gathering with family and friends it is also an extremely important space to consider if you decide to put your house on the market. Whether you are a cook or not everyone wants a fabulous kitchen!
Take a look at this fabulous kitchen with the incredible blue and white wall and barrel ceiling. Consider all the interesting details here that make this such a warm, inviting space. Notice all the textures and mix of colors? The terra-cotta tiles, the iron stools, the stained island, the white cabinets. All this mixing and matching is what gives this kitchen its charm. It’s important to remember this for your own space.
How about this charming kitchen with its soft blues and whites and hardwood floors? Notice the country charm with the farm table look for the bar and all the little country bar stools. How cute is that? The distressed white washed cabinets framed in the blue look wonderful as well as the glass front cabinets and row of pendant lighting. Great look!
Okay, now…..talk about creative and cozy! Check out the unique details in this space. The shaped tiles on the floor, the interesting island, the busy, colorful backsplash, the soft green cabinets. And, of course that amazing ceiling! Wonderful, warm, unique and inviting.
This interesting, eclectic kitchen has a multitude of unusual elements. The rather simple cabinetry and rustic island paired with the rather ornate, colorful backsplash. The somewhat modern looking barstool with the country details on the island and simple pot rack hanging above gives the space character. And the diagonal wood and marble floor lend a fun, unexpected twist.
This wonderful kitchen is ultra charming with it’s French flair. The large space with it’s incredible vent-a-hood, huge urn filled with flowers and unique island exudes interest, warmth and charm. Again, take notice of all the textures they’ve used in this space….the iron, the tin hood, the hardwood floors, etc. All of these elements evoke charm, charm and more charm.
I think this brown and white kitchen is a vibrant, fun, “happy” space. I love the checkerboard floor turned on a diagonal. The chocolate walls with the stark white cabinets are hip and “happening!” and give a country kitchen a very modern, updated vibe. Notice the backs of the chairs are monogrammed and the brown banding with the simple white shades give the windows punch.
This eclectic space combines country charm with modern elements. The wood floors, the distressed, rustic cabinetry and country table paired with the modern chairs is the perfect blend of the two distinctly different styles. The clean, bare windows give off a modern vibe and the rustic lighting helps anchor the space’s modern country atmosphere.
If you are in the market or mood to re-model or enhance your kitchen take careful time to consider what “style” and colors you would like to see in your home. Take the time to peruse magazines and books (and my blog!) and compile all your pictures and notes in your decorating file. I suggest calling a professional for help with this tricky space as it can be a bit challenging. Be brave and daring and don’t hold back. Make this space as detailed, interesting, charming and creative as you can afford for it to be. You and your family and friends will enjoy it for years to come and when it’s time to sell you have a wonderful, inviting focal point and great selling feature for your home.