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8 Tips To Get A Stunning Kitchen

MARCH 6, 2016
Photo credit: Jeff Beck

Thanks to all the gorgeous furniture and accessories provided by our retail partner and event host , the Seattle Showhouse was a smashing success. Decorist Head of Design Ashley Redmond led the charge in the Showhouse kitchen and the end result was an open, modern space with touches of glam and juxtaposing styles and textures. We asked Ashley to share her top designer tricks and tips for creating a stunning kitchen.  


Kitchen Design Ideas Photo Credit: Jeff Beck


1. Mixing is good!

Don’t be afraid to combine and contrast materials — from rustic woods, to metals, leather and rope — to create an interesting and rich layered feel. 


Mixing Metals TrendPhoto Credit: Jeff Beck


2. Don't limit yourself to using only “kitchen” accessories

Try adding interest and height to your kitchen counter with a table lamp that’s both functional and unexpected. At night, it will transform your space with a cozy vibe.  


Kitchen Accessory Ideas

Photo Credit: Jeff Beck


3. Plant life is always great in a kitchen

A potted mini lemon tree on the countertop can add much needed softness to all the hard kitchen surfaces. Fresh herbs like lavender and rosemary placed in a rustic bowl not only scent the room but add natural beauty and texture.   


Kitchen Plant

Photo Credit: Jeff Beck


4. When it comes to lighting, the kitchen is a great room to go big with a statement chandelier

The multi orb stunner used in the Seattle Showhouse creates visual balance, while its glass creates a reflective quality that makes the room feel larger.


Kitchen Lighting Photo Credit: Jeff Beck


5. Try a rug with a pattern

A kitchen is usually a sea of solid surfaces and adding a patterned rug can create just the right balance. Make sure to look for a durable material if you’re placing it under the table and make sure it’s large enough that your chairs can be pulled out fully without extending past the rug.


Bold Rugs


6. Think of all the functions of a kitchen beyond cooking and eating

Homework, having a glass of wine, catching up with family and friends — there’s always a lot going on. Consider creative solutions for creating areas beyond the kitchen table where you can hang out. Bar stools, poufs and stools are great alternate seating options, even in small spaces. 


Kitchen Sitting AreaPhoto Credit: Jeff Beck


7. Keep the number of accessories on your countertop to a minimum

Limit them to the just the ones you really love (for me, animals accessories usually make the cut). Because counters tend to fill up quickly, think lots of white space and limit it to pieces that really enhance the space. 


Kitchen Counter TopPhoto Credit: Jeff Beck


8. Be bold with paint color

Dark black cabinets really pop against crisp white walls — the perfect neutral foundation to build upon. 


Black Kitchen

Photo Credit: Jeff Beck

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