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Aquatic Hues

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Aquatic Hues

“This is a beach house, so we were looking for something with a lighter, more whimsical feeling. We settled on an aquatic look, with a hand painted ocean mural that has an aquatic, blue-green background. There are starfish and shells, and the hardware on the base cabinets is fishes. The window that’s just to the left of the backsplash gives a clear view of the ocean, which enhances the color theme. The theme also fits the client’s personality, in that she’s a little bit whimsical; her desire was to do something different. “The...

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Vibrant Saturated Colors

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Vibrant Saturated Colors

“These clients’ previous space was color-oriented as well, but smaller and very busy. They wanted to continue living with color, but he was less certain about using the vibrant shades that she loved. We reached a consensus by doing the kitchen and hall areas in tangelo and bright red, with the sink area and the rest of the walls throughout the space done in soft, mossy green. This made most of the space live quietly, with the vibrancy happening where the action was. “We brought in dark wood cabinets to bring a sense of peacefulness...

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Light and Dark Neutrals

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Light and Dark Neutrals

“The focal point of this space is the architectural vault. We didn’t want your focus to go to it and die there—we wanted to pull the eye to other things. We used color in burgundy stained cherry wood, stainless, granite and glass over Formica to cause your eye to continually travel throughout the space. The only sections that were entirely dark wood were the bar, because we wanted that to be elegant, and the refrigerator and pantry area, so that it would read as a volume. “The Formica that’s behind the glass is a gray that we...

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Monochromatic Tones

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Monochromatic Tones

“This kitchen’s creamy beige Durango Stone™ continues throughout the rest of the home’s main floor and onto outdoor deck areas to emphasize an open loft feel. The kitchen floor is laid with large diagonal tiles, mosaic inserts, and with tiles on the perimeter that line up parallel to the walls. The stone has been filled and sealed and is naturally mottled with splotchy color, so it won’t show stains. “The combination of the monochromatic light beige tones and stainless steel accents creates a sleek modern look, warmed by the...

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Iridescent Finishes

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Iridescent Finishes

“This kitchen is contemporary, but it’s not a slick modern style. It can go with antiques or contemporary pieces, in bungalows and traditional homes. We wanted the cooking area to have a strong stainless steel feel. The backsplash above the range is a sheet of stainless steel ground into a swirl pattern. “The juperano granite slabs on the backsplash above the countertops were selected specifically for their particular veining. We wanted the backsplash to look like a mountain landscape. The quartz particles in the granite have an...

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A Bright White Kitchen

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A Bright White Kitchen

“This kitchen mixes a variety of styles. The client wanted to complement the English Tudor style of her house, yet she has an eclectic taste. She wanted a bright kitchen so she chose white cabinetry instead of the dark cabinetry that would have been more colonial. To add some contrast, she chose 12-inch-by-12-inch terra-cotta tiles for the floor and butcher block for the island countertop. “Because real terra cotta is very soft and can chip easily, it needs to be finished with a glaze once it has been installed and then periodically...

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Contrasting Cabinets

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Contrasting Cabinets

“The dark cabinets are a knotty pine stained to match the aged, existing knotty pine used throughout the rest of the home. The lighter cabinets are painted in a custom off-white lacquer and aged slightly with a bit of glaze. The interior of the off-white cabinets is painted a light sage green—the same as some of the glass-fronted darker cabinets. The sage green interiors tie the two areas together, as do the similar door styles and the same simple pewter-like knobs and twisted handles. “At the same time, we wanted the off-white space...

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A Colorful Focal Point

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A Colorful Focal Point

“The cabinetry in this kitchen is Clive Christian Furniture with an antique cream hand-painted finish. The family owns multiple restaurants and is used to professional kitchens, equipped with the best appliances and sufficient working space, and wanted that in their own home as well. But they also wanted to stay away from having it look as sterile as a restaurant kitchen. “Using limestone countertops and stone floors gave it a warm and comfortable Old World feel. The island top is teak; because there’s so much stone, we wanted to...

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Modern White Kitchen

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Modern White Kitchen

“This was originally a very narrow kitchen; we kept the galley shape but opened it up by making the doors wider. The silver pine cabinetry by Heritage was a part of this. Because there are no windows in the kitchen itself, we didn’t want it to get too dark. “We needed a color that would stay cool and not be as sterile as a white on stainless, so we decided to stay in the blue or green color families. We went through paint chips and laminate chips until we found one that had a little life to it. To get the feeling of the high windows...

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Cool Stainless Steel

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Cool Stainless Steel

“Stainless steel is almost a neutral, in that it’s more in the silver/gray family, but because of its reflective properties it absorbs light and color from the rest of the room. The beautiful blue bahia countertops (which run five to six times the price of granite or marble) meet with blue accents; the soffit over the window has a blue lacquered finish, as does the interior of the glass door cabinets. “Stainless is a perfect combination of the cools and works in conjunction with the stainless steel sink, cooktop and dishwasher. The...

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