Coat hooks are the perfect scale for keeping everyday baking and cooking utensils organized and within arm's reach in a kitchen. Here an antique brass hook is attached to the side of the kitchen island to keep mixing spoons easily accessible.
This white kitchen exemplifies transitional design at its best. A perfect blend of traditional, modern and rustic reside in the space. The kitchen also features a large-scale patterned tile wall that visually pushes the walls up and out. A rough-hewn wood beam holds the upper glass-front cabinets and stainless-steel hood vent.
For a client who owns a company that manufacturers steel scales, Hufft Projects designed cabinetry that would reflect his business and his life. The gunmetal cabinets are made from galvanized hot-rolled steel with a clear-coat finish over an MDF substrate. They have integrated edge pulls to maintain a clean, seamless appearance.
The marble of the kitchen island creates the focal point for this Fixer Upper kitchen. After Chip and Joanna removed walls and opened up the kitchen space, they had room to add this large kitchen island with extra seating. To accent the gray cabinets, Joanna chose a gray and white marbled tile that provided a durable solution for the family and really made her rustic industrial design pop.
This grand-scale kitchen features creamy white cabinets, a gorgeous coffered ceiling and traditional chandeliers. Barstools line the peninsula and counter-height stools line the island, creating two spaces for quick, casual dining.
A full-scale renovation transformed this formerly dark and cold California kitchen to a warm, light-filled, inviting space. New windows overlook the gardens, and recessed and under-cabinet lighting illuminate the Calacatta marble countertops.
A honed granite countertop provides functional seating at the kitchen island in this narrow kitchen. Painted faux-antiqued cabinetry brings a bit of rusticity to the overall refined and spacious feel. Repurposed bricks create a façade on the accent wall while over-scaled subway tile with dark grout is used above Calcutta marble countertops. Vintage industrial lights hang over the island adding drama and whimsy.
In this kitchen, the mix of materials was created not by a tile manufacturer, but by the designer. Brigitte Fabri, CMKBD, of Drury Designs, wanted to create a "castle wall" effect in this kitchen, without detracting from the room's focal point — the copper hood. For most of the backsplash, she chose a large scale 12x24 'Crema Marfil' limestone because the larger the tile, the fewer distracting grout lines. Behind the range, a honed glass tile called 'Malaga Cove Wings' by Stone & Pewter was used.
Open-plan living can work on any scale. Case in point: This stylish home Uptic Studios designed for a retiree. “After living on the family farm for decades, our client was ready to move into town to be closer to her children and grandchildren,” say the architects. “Always the entertainer, she requested an open great room concept to accommodate dinner parties, as well as plenty of wall and shelf space for family photos and various mementos.”
Craftsman-style trim and custom millwork lends a well-established look in the kitchen of a new-construction home. Designer Jamie House selected a soft mint color for the cabinetry to add depth to this bright, light space and chose over-scale pendant lights to balance the scale of the large island.
Previously, the eat-in portion of this kitchen contained and old, outdated breakfast nook with banquettes. The homeowners loved this unique addition to their space, but it was in desperate need of updating, so designers scaled back the walls to create a larger space for the nook, then they modernized it with a bright wall color, silver leather covering on the banquettes, a modern table and a red, modern chandelier to match the walls. To help light the space, designers added double hung windows to let in plenty of natural light, making the space, bright, warm and inviting.
In a large, open interior — and this is especially important when the space has soaring ceilings, as this one does — it’s essential to choose furnishings and details that fit the large scale of the room. Says stylist Sophie Gunnersen of Studio Stamp: “All the pieces in the room are rather big and bold, and everything has a purpose. The custom-made dining table sits at bar height and it is large and chunky. The black AGA cooker is really the key piece in the space — it adds ambience and attracts most people with its warmth. The vertical bookshelf along with the softer green tiles divide the room.”
A lowered ceiling and soffit details created a better sense of scale and intimacy in this light and airy kitchen and breakfast nook. The open floor plan provides for the kitchen, dining room and living room to flow seamlessly into one another. Warm brown and beige tones bring a comfort to the rooms.
Some design choices can make large-scale items, such as light fixtures, pop even more. It can be as easy as adding a coat of paint over a weekend. In the kitchen and living room of this lake home, Metro Atlanta designer Beth Johnson painted the wood paneling, which had been a pickled oak color, a more appealing white. Then matched the frame of the artwork for a seamless look.