Today is our first post of "Why This Space Works"! I'm hoping to make this series a regular Wednesday post on the blog where we explore different rooms and uncover what makes them beautiful and inviting spaces. My goal with these posts is to point out the nuances and design principles that make a room sing so that you can incorporate similar ideas and principles to help you make your house a home and turn it into a place you love.
Today, I decided to tackle a kitchen since lately I've been really pinning and studying them. We're on the hunt for a house and looking for somewhat of a fixer upper. All of the houses that we've looked at online so far have needed some major kitchen help so I'm trying to educate and ready myself so that I'm not completely lost and overwhelmed when/if the time comes for us to tackle such a huge project.
If you spend any time on Pinterest at all (you can follow me here), you've probably noticed that all- or almost all- white kitchens are extremely popular. They have a bright, clean feel to them that makes them an inviting place to hang out and work in.
And although it's no secret that I love white around here, (you can see earlier posts where I share my love of white at the bottom of this post) I'm not sure if an all white kitchen is the way I want to go. Part of me wants to branch out of my comfort zone and try something different, and also, my husband tends to like darker spaces. Opposites attract, right? He doesn't really cook, but he is an excellent dishwasher. We have a deal that I cook and he cleans so I want him to enjoy the space too. ;)
For this week, I chose this kitchen by Blair Harris Interior Design. It caught my eye because of the mix of white and dark and wood tones. I think a look like this is something that me and the hubs would both be happy living with.
But let's tackle what are the elements that make this space so great. Although this is a nice spacious kitchen with a good layout, I don't want to focus on that. I want to focus on the elements that you can incorporate into the space you already have without feeling that you need to renovate and start from scratch.
1. Color Scheme
First off, this space has a consistent and intentional color scheme. Three main colors jump out to me: the white walls, the black cabinets, and the wood beams and counter tops. When choosing a color scheme, consider first how you want the room to feel and than choose your colors and tones based off of that. The wood tones and the black cabinets give this space a warm and cozy feel and add an element of depth, while the white walls add the crisp, clean element that keeps the energy flowing in the space.