Isabeau Leblanc. Kitchen Design. November 05th , 2017.
Embracing a dash of darkness before you take a bigger plunge is a smart choice when it comes to altering your kitchen’s color scheme. Instead of a full-fledged paint job or even a retiling of the backsplash, start off small by trying out black accents, a gray cabinet door or two or even dark pendant lights above the kitchen counter. Combine the light and dark elements to paint a picture of contrasting synergy that leaves friends and family captivated. White countertops coupled with dark island base, gray bar stools or even just a few black vases on the floating shelves – think small before you settle on the final look.
The beauty of Scandinavian design is such that you might already be enjoying its many benefits without actually realizing that you are adopting this timeless style. Born out of rough Nordic winters that demand simplicity, efficiency and a sense of cheerful elegance, it has been combined with other local eccentricities across the globe to create a fabulous array of new decorating styles! Yet, at its heart, it still showcases a clean-lined, minimalistic setting that also embraces a hint of color, warmth of wood and textural beauty. This makes the Scandinavian style perfect for the modern kitchen.
It is generally the ‘summer colors’ that agree with this style, but stronger hues also seem at home when used with restraint. Remember that whether it is pattern or color, moderation is a mantra that you need to stick to when it comes to the classic Scandinavian look. Cabinets in gentle green or light aqua along with matching chairs in the adjacent dining space take the appeal to a whole new level!
Even though it is currently the season for warm metallic finishes that include everything ranging from brass and copper to those that mimic the allure of gold, do not discard the cooler, more silvery finishes all too soon. If you are thinking about an inimitable stainless steel backsplash or kitchen island, then do go ahead, as they might well outlast the current trends and could serve you well for years to come. Nickel hardware and those with a polished chrome finish never fade away from the limelight and adapt to the existing style of your kitchen with ease.
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