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Kitchens with Character, vol. 3: Displaying Art

A few weeks ago, I started exploring kitchens with character–first admiring wallpapered kitchens and then discussing kitchen islands that break the mold.  Then I got distracted by other pretty rooms and…well, life.  In short, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’m excited to pick back up where I left off and praise kitchens that prominently feature art today.

In my observations, there are 3 parts of a home that are typically under-decorated: kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms.  Still, of these 3 spaces, kitchens are usually the least likely to feature art.  Perhaps the flinging of food poses too great  threat.  Whatever the reason, there’s sometimes nothing more thrilling than breaking with convention.  Here are 8 kitchens that do just that…

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The bohemian thread that defines this home endures even in the kitchen.  Here, boldly patterned tile, a Kurdish rug, and a grandly framed painting impart character in spades.

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In this polished kitchen, cabinets are painted deep blue, walls are clad in marble, and a still life hangs above the sink–lit by a brass lamp.  Typically, we see a window above the sink, but art seems just as fitting.

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Miles Redd adorned the subway tiled walls of this kitchen with an oversize print depicting a white tiger.  The striking art is balanced by a burst of magenta, courtesy of the adjoining room.  Combined, the two bold statements set this kitchen apart.

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In this dramatic kitchen, two paintings preside over an accessorized shelf.  However, the backdrop on which they hang is actually chalkboard paint, allowing for impromptu works of art to accompany them.

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In Kris Jenner’s all-white kitchen, art imitates life and animates the far wall, where a cluster of white vessels echo those in the foreground.  The painted backdrop is solid green, providing a pop of color.

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Rustic and elegant, this space feels just as cozy as any living room with a roaring fire.  The brick accent wall is enhanced by an oil painting flanked by antique candle sconces, dripping with oversize crystals.  Pleated skirts and weathered wood contribute to the patina that envelopes and charms this kitchen.

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Although most of the examples of art in kitchens we’ve seen in this post feature one singular focal point, that’s not the only way to go.  Smaller pieces, displayed en masse can be just as appealing.  This the approach Michelle Adams took in her character filled kitchen.

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An art filled home deserves an art filled kitchen like this one.

Why create imaginary and unnecessary boundaries?  Why not extend your personal style to every inch of the house?  Go ahead: hang some art in your kitchen!

 

Kitchens with Character, vol 2: Surprising Islands

Welcome to vol. 2 of Kitchens with Character.  In my last post, we examined 6 kitchens made extraordinary with wallpaper.  Today, let’s take a look at delightfully surprising kitchen islands.  Since the island is a large mass that sits in the middle of this formerly utilitarian space, it only makes sense that, as home decorators start to turn their attentions kitchenward, the island becomes a breeding ground for bold experimentation.  Following are 8 kitchens, in which, the island is the focal point.

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Jean-Louis Deniot composed designed this unexpected kitchen island with stainless steel, blackened, and mirrored panels.  The result is a chic patchwork of lustrous surfaces that simultaneously blend in and stand out in this neutral-hued kitchen of grays and metallics.

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In this kitchen, the island echoes the backsplash and totally steals the show.  Gold, silver, and gunmetal mosaic tiles compose and up-to-date, oversize floral pattern.  Stunning!

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Meghan McCain’s favorite piece in her apartment is her kitchen island.  I can see why.  Instead of an ordinary boxy island, she had a custom table from Phillips Collection built to appropriate portions.  The free-form piece is Brutalist-inspired but with a lustrous, mother of pearl-like finish.  It utterly breaks the mold.

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What happens when two designers decide to spend their lives together and share a home?  That home becomes impossibly cool and stylish.  And, in the case of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, their kitchen is no exception.  In particular, their kitchen island is clad in perfectly patinaed brass, radiating warmth in the largely black and white space.

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Here’s an easy hack (and one I might soon employ): just paint it!  Peach may be an unexpected color choice for this kitchen bar, but it certainly draws the eye.  As an added bonus, it also makes those barstools pop.

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This kitchen island may be a more traditional choice, but still makes a statement.  Painted black, pinstriped in white, and adorned with glamorous brass hardware; one can’t help but be drawn in.

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Industrial, Brutalist, organic…  It’s difficult to nail down this kitchen island, the handiwork of Jeffrey Alan Marks.  Regardless, it’s undisputedly the focal point of this Sonoma kitchen and beautifully crafted to boot.

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The mirrored island in this kitchen reflects light and adds a dose of panache.  It’s an unexpected by welcome compliment to the blue cabinetry.

If you’re in the process of trying to infuse your kitchen with a bit of your sparkling personality, I hope this post inspired you to take a second look at your kitchen island.  If not, I’ve got more kitchen design ideas coming your way.  So, don’t be shy…subscribe!

Kitchens with Character, vol. 1: Wallpaper

Even in the most beautiful homes, kitchens have (historically had) a tendency to feel sterile.  Expensive countertops and elaborate backsplashes can only go so far in imparting personality to a space.  Happily, this is changing.  More and more, I’m seeing kitchens with character.  After all, more and more entertaining is taking place the kitchen.  Thus, art, accessories, unconventional furniture, and textiles are creeping in.  Notably, wallpaper seems to be an emerging trend in kitchens.  Here are 6 reasons why…

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This kitchen in Sydney looks both tropical and inviting thanks to vibrant, palm-printed wallpaper hung on one wall.  With the white bar and cabinetry, the punch of color and pattern is a welcome addition.  Mai Tais, anyone?

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William Morris wallpaper gracefully envelopes this Scandinavian style kitchen, offsetting warm wood finishes, mixed metallics, and white subway tile.  Both fresh-feeling and traditional-leaning, this kitchen feels like the kind of space outputs raw kale salads and grandma’s famous cookies in equal quantities.  Yes, I got all of that from one wall display.

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Who can resist a little Fornasetti?  Not I.  Doesn’t it make the perfect backdrop for open shelving in this neutral-yet-uber-cool kitchen?

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This is the kitchen of two artists living in Paris.  Not surprising–is it?  The gorgeous and elaborate wallpaper was hand printed by the couple and conveys a sense of soul.

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A beacon of malachite is visible through a cutout that reveals the kitchen of Juan Carretero’s apartment.  The green wallpaper calls to one in a way that makes one understand where Jay Gatsby was coming from when he gazed across the bay at the Buchanan’s dock each night.

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Channeling a Moroccan vibe, this wallpaper is easier to install than tile.  It also makes ordinary kitchen utensils look like an artistic still life.

Clearly wallpaper is one way to lavish style on your kitchen.  This blog post is titled “vol. 1”, because it’s not the only way.  I have a few more to share with you over the coming weeks.  So please stay tuned.

 

 

 

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