12 Kitchen Design Rules to Break in 2016
There's something liberating about deciding to throw away the rule book. Design rebellion forces us to make bold decisions and march to the beat of our own drum. When it comes to renovating a kitchen, few spaces adhere to more rules guided by tradition and practicality. Despite this, interior designers are starting to break the rules and create unique kitchens bursting with unexpected accents and character. Tempted to let out your inner rebel? Scroll down to discover 12 kitchen design rules to break in 2016.
Interior designers are proving that white and cream can coexist in the kitchen. The key is restraint; choose a specific accent such as a range hood and use cream in place of a statement color. This white Georgian kitchen in Hampshire, United Kingdom, gives a traditional English kitchen a modern edge to by combining the two hues.
Not sure which tile to choose for your dream kitchen? Pick both. While mixing two tile styles was once considered a design faux pas, modern homes are proving that carefully pairing tiles can make a big impact. To avoid a chaotic look, consider how the tiles complement each other. This Chicago kitchen maintains a chic finished look by matching neutral hexagonal floor tiles with dark grout subway tiles. While visually different, they maintain a simple color theme.
Stormy hues and charcoal accents are having a big moment in interior design and kitchens are catching up to the trend. Exuding modern restraint, matte black kitchens are for the true renovation risk-takers. If you're concerned about overdoing the look, balance charcoal cabinets and tiles with a white ceiling. The owners of this Australian bungalow kept the space bright and open by focusing on natural light sources and painting the raised ceiling a low-sheen shade of white.
When it comes to designing a dream kitchen, storage rarely takes center stage. After all, kitchens are often bursting with appliances and utensils that need to be stored away from sight. Decorator Melanie Ritz went against tradition when designing Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi's kitchen and has changed the way we think about storage. Rather than hiding beautiful tableware in an enclosed cupboard, Ritz had a glass display case custom made to hang from the ceiling. Break the rules by replacing solid cupboard doors with glass or remove them altogether to create display shelves. Just be sure to style the visible items by maintaining a consistent color theme and allowing sufficient space to avoid a cluttered look.
While the older generation wouldn't dream of wearing gold and silver jewelry at the same time, modern designs prove that it's time to break the mixed metal rule. This Australian home combines different metallic finishes by pairing copper tone mosaic tiles with a steel range hood. A chic mixed-metal pendant light completes the look.
For years, kitchen floors have been left bare but interior designers are starting to give the space new attention. Runner rugs are a simple way to give an all-white kitchen an injection of color and personality. If a renovation isn't part of your plan, a statement Persian rug can instantly uplift your space and is easy to swap out as trends change.
We love to update our homes regularly, so why can't kitchens be the same? Kitchen renovations are traditionally permanent—after all, it's hard to reposition that marble benchtop when you decide you want a new look months later. Kitchens are now becoming more flexible than ever, as moveable islands and bar carts make updating your space a breeze.
Say goodbye to the ubiquitous bright kitchen light. We're starting to see more spaces borrow design cues from the bedroom with unconventional accents lights adding a touch of quirk to the kitchen. Try this look by layering different types of light. Consider ambient light, the type that illuminates an entire space, then add a sconce or task light in key areas.
Wood is making an unexpected comeback in the kitchen, which is typically a space with smooth white tiles and sleek steel appliances. From floor-to-ceiling walnut cabinets to exposed ceiling beams and benchtops, wood adds character, warmth, and texture to a stark space. This 1920s Tudor house drew inspiration from existing beams and continues the look with wooden cabinets, furniture, and archways.
We can't get enough of chic marble accents in our home so it's only natural that some designers are taking this trend to the next level. Once reserved for countertops, we're seeing gray vein marble used en masse as a backsplash and feature wall. Architect David Hicks explains perfecting this statement marble look took a lot of consideration. "The owner requested something sophisticated yet different from other marble kitchens," he told Belle. "We handpicked the marble, and the precise installation with vein matching is what makes this look like a piece of art."
Introducing a statement hue to your kitchen can be a delicate task. Renovating can be costly so we tend to err on the side of caution and dismiss color. This ocean-inspired home in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida incorporates two colors with ease while maintaining a timeless appeal. The subdued coastal color scheme creates an elegant vibe that's unique but subtle enough to stand the test of time.
A favorite in the New York restaurant scene, wire pendant lights give your kitchen an urban touch. Pendants lower the line of sight and create the illusion of a more intimate space, making it the perfect design trick for kitchens with high ceilings. Opt for a light in charcoal or navy and leave the cord exposed for maximum impact.
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