February 13, 2014
5 Stylish Ways to Glam Up a Small Kitchen
Perusing the Las Vegas convention center during KBIS, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, can be quite exhausting; by the time you've seen one toilet-showcasing booth you've seen them all. However, we were instantly revitalized when this glamorous kitchen at the Wilsonart booth caught our eye. We popped in to chat with environmental lifestyle expert Danny Seo, who designed the space, and to get some tips on how to add the glam-factor to any kitchen. 1. Don't bore yourself with a small border of tile just above the countertop. Extend your backsplash to the ceiling for as much drama as a Beverly Hills housewife can handle. Here, Seo used two Wilsonart laminates (Calcutta Marble and Pearl Soapstone) in a chevron pattern, giving the look of a stone-inlaid wall (without the painful price tag). Watch out Lisa Vanderpump. 2. Although storage may be in high-demand in small kitchens, make the most of displaying midcentury accessories. Capiz shell candle holders, a wire brass bowl, and clean-lined ceramics give a nod to those fabulous midcentury homes of Hollywood movie stars. Also, minimizing the display of actual cooking supplies gives the illusion you're too fabulous to cook for yourself (remember Carrie Bradshaw kept sweaters in her oven). 3. Who hasn't dreamed of gilding their cabinets in gold? However, the thought of paying your jeweler to bedazzle your kitchen will deter any hopeful. Those dreams could become reality by taking a tip from Seo and cladding your cabinets (and hood) in a gold foil laminate (Satin Brushed Gold Aluminum). The adherable surface can be applied to existing cabinetry, for a totally major makeover. 4. Unlacquered brass has been making its rounds on Pinterest boards for a while now, but it's more dazzling sister, polished brass, is the epitome of glam. Sure, you may have to wipe a smudge away now and then, but isn't being able to catch your reflection in the kitchen faucet what glam is all about? 5. While herbs may provide a welcomed aroma to a kitchen, their wild and free look won't jive with the glam-look. Rather, a set of structured boxwood topiaries add in some sculptural greenery. Keep them clipped (or go artificial) for a manicured look as polished as your French-mani.