Manya Matveev Kitchen April 29th, 2017
Create a center of attention. "This kitchen was designed to bring a symmetrical balance to the back windowed wall" says Marlene Wangenheim of Interiors By Design. "All the materials though rich were very played down– for example the white quartz stone countertops and the Calacatta marble brick tile with mother‐of‐pearl in the backsplash". "The chandelier brings your eye immediately to the center of the room and then the tour begins" she adds. "The glitz of the chandelier also balances the serene color palette by contrasting it and giving it a wow effect".
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 28th, 2017
Designate a kitchen stand‐in. Eating out all the time gets tiresome not to mention the strain it can put on your budget. And no matter how much takeout you bring home you'll still need a spot to make school lunches pour a bowl of cereal or brew coffee. Set up a temporary kitchen somewhere that's out of the way of construction. If you're lucky enough to have a morning kitchen or a guesthouse you can turn that into food‐prep central. Or outfit a corner of the basement garage or workroom with a few portable tables standalone shelves storage crates and folding chairs.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 27th, 2017
Emphasize repetition and balance. "I decided to do a black Hungarian crystal chandelier in the kitchen because this is a loft and the dining area was in an 'L' off of the kitchen" says Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo of ABCD Design. "You could see the two smaller clear crystal chandeliers over the dining table from every angle in both areas". "Repetition balance and scale are all important elements in a good design so I felt I was left no choice" she explains. "I had two clear smaller ones on one side so I had to have a large one on the opposite side. I also wanted the fixture to stand out against the white wood hood and kitchen cabinets and it needed to play off the black enamel Viking range. We already had black and white happening throughout the kitchen and I felt the clear crystal wouldn't pop like the black would. It was the obvious choice for the room".
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 07th, 2017
If you're doing tile or stone floors work on picking those materials at the same time as cabinets backsplash and countertops. The relationships among these materials is critical. It's tough to mix different types of stone and tile unless you want your kitchen to look like a showroom.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 06th, 2017
The warmth of orange. It's a pretty bold choice for a kitchen but when you hear architect Mark English talk about this room's color palette it makes perfect sense: "The home is sited on a hill with a 270‐degree long‐distance view toward the east and northeast. The color of the light coming into the house tends toward gray and bluish tones so the orange was used to counteract the coolness of those tones. The island and upper cabinets are 'pieces' that can be seen from adjacent rooms and I wanted to highlight them. The regular base cabinets and full‐height cabinets are meant to be background elements".
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 05th, 2017
Not your basic black. For some people black might seem to be as bold a choice as orange. But in a home with a limited color palette – black white blue and gray – it fits right in.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 03rd, 2017
Floor‐to‐ceiling subway tile with gray grout is a fitting backdrop for this bathroom's large and dramatic glass shower stall. Smith & Vansant Architects have tiled this shower‐tub enclosure with off‐white subway tiles on both the walls and the ceiling – a smart move for durability.
Manya Matveev Kitchen March 31st, 2017
Fit the space. "Because of the size of this kitchen and the height of the ceiling we needed a fixture that not only had the appropriate width but also height" says Kristin Petro of Kristin Petro Interiors. "With its tiered design a chandelier fits the space perfectly. In addition the white cabinetry and backsplash provide a neutral backdrop which lets the intricate style of the chandelier really pop".
Rosetta Loreta Interior March 30th, 2017
Combine practical and beautiful. These ribbed porcelain tiles serve the bathroom in a physical practical and visual way. They simultaneously stimulate the feet provide a practical nonslip surface and add visual depth. Light bounces off the irregular diamond‐cut ridges for a playful elegant effect.
Manya Matveev Kitchen March 29th, 2017
If you're a cook you know that kitchen messes are bound to happen. Grease and oil splatters and flour sprays often end up on cabinets and counters. Distressed cabinets not only hide those little messes well but also are super easy to wipe down. No matter what you choose for the rest of the home it's so important for the kitchen to feel relaxed and inviting; it is the heart of the home after all. Even in a more upscale design scheme distressed cabinets lend a casual air that can't help but be welcoming.