Without question, over the past few years, I have designed my share of modern, clean white kitchens. Occasionally I contrast an all-white perimeter with a stunning dark wood island or sprinkle some dark upper or base cabinets into the mix. But recently clients have been asking for something different, purposefully willing themselves away from that classic all-white aesthetic. And the results can be stunning.
A few weeks ago, I was interested to see a Houzz story on Coming Over to the Dark Side and I agreed with many of their helpful suggestions. I think two elements of particular importance when designing a dark wood kitchen are light sources and contrast. Take a look at these two kitchens designed by CCW and let the journey to the dark side begin.
This spectacular CCW award winning kitchen balances the rich matte eclipse finish on oak with the lightness of floating shelves on the range wall, varied light sources, a cool white Macaubus Quartzite counter-top and a back-splash that echoes the dark finish but is predominantly white and beige. The result is an inviting sophistication…a perfect synthesis of urban chic situated in bucolic splendor.
Comprehensive functionality intersects impeccable aesthetics in this play on a traditional kitchen. The deep mocha stain on Maple wraps the perimeter in a strong, masculine statement particularly the recessed bar area and over-sized wood hood that is finished to the ceiling. Again various light sources, the Pental Quartz counter-top and the modern pop of charcoal gray on the painted island lend equilibrium, balancing the space in a warm and inviting way.
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The final stretch of winter often means frayed nerves, coughs and colds, and plain old cold weather blues. Coming home to a restorative environment can do so much to alleviate the frenzy of winter. I asked members of our design team to share their ideas of what brings a sense of calm to a home and here are a few of their suggestions:
This was the number one suggestion from everyone. No one ever associated a Zen atmosphere with stuffed closets or messy countertops. Clutter promotes a sense of chaos that is disturbing and unsettling. But de-cluttering is work and decisions need to be made. First, adopt the purging mindset. Second, decide what your criteria and benchmarks are going to be. Some folks use the “if I have not used it in a year, it’s gone” approach. A relatively new and trendy method is asking for every object in your home: “Does this give me joy?” Third, be ruthless. It’s scientific…to create more space, stuff has to go. Full stop. Remember a simplified, clean space is a calm space.
There is a proven connection between the cooler side of the color wheel and a sense of calm. So why not experiment with warm gray, heather blue or sea-glass green. Natural beiges and whites are also very effective…so go ahead…paint a wall, accessorize with new pillows or a classic wool throw or invest in new bedding.
Work on a calming playlist and mix it up. Some classical mixed with new age, jazz and art/indie rock help create a meditative background.
Clean Windows and Candles
Lighting is so important when it comes to mood. Plenty of natural light cheers the soul, so as soon as it is warm enough, clean those windows. Nothing makes a house feel more ready for spring than glistening glass panes. And for those remaining long winter nights, candles are not only a hint of romance but also a source of tranquility. Avoid scented candles and stick with white…tea lights, votives, chunky pillars…there really is no room in your home that doesn’t benefit from candlelight.
A soft fragrance does wonders to calm stress and nothing can replace the beauty of a natural floral scent. Splurge on a flat of paper whites for a more subtle fragrance or go full out with hyacinths, a true harbinger of spring.
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Anne Ellard is a regular Houzz contributor. Her recent piece on farmhouse sinks is a must read for anyone thinking about adding this wonderful element to their kitchen.
Pantone announced its Color of the Year for 2015 and it is a dramatic departure from the vibrant, bright tones of recent years. Marsala is a brownish red that is rich and subtle at the same time.
From cabinets to exposed brick, back-splash to paint color, the kitchen is a perfect place to introduce this sumptuous hue into your home.
Marsala makes a huge impact in a small space such as this guest bathroom and adds drama and authenticity to Moroccan themed decor.
Muted tones blend beautifully but don’t forget cool-toned bright accent colors to add some pop!
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Last night, Amy, one of our senior designers, was honored with the 2014 NKBA Tri-State Award for Best Remodel Half Bathroom.
A sleek modern take on a traditional built-in vanity gives this master bath an urban sophistication. The rich dark lager finish on cherry wood offsets the frosted glass doors and granite countertop. The vanity wall backs-up to the master bedroom wall and is separated by built-ins.
I am so proud to announce that Columbia CabinetWorks and Witt Construction won Luxury Home Best Kitchen at the 2014 Saratoga Showcase of Homes!
Skyfall was a very special project and is a very special home with a magnificent open floor plan and sweeping bucolic views of the Mohawk Valley and Adirondack Mountains. The spectacular showcase kitchen anchors the stunning great room and was designed with entertaining in mind. Floating shelves on the range wall, vertical grain match on all cabinet doors and drawer heads, and the rich matte eclipse finish on oak are just some of the details that add such sophistication to the space.
Congratulations to CCW’s designer Justina Auer for her creativity and commitment to bringing the homeowners’ vision to life. The entire home defines modern elegance.
Be sure to visit Skyfall at the Showcase of Homes, Sept 27-28 and October 4-5 106 Southard Road, Saratoga Springs
See you at the Showcase
Mark your calendars to enjoy an early fall week-end touring the 15 beautiful homes featured in the 2014 Saratoga Showcase of Homes.
September 20-21, 27-28 and October 4-5
11 AM – 5 PM
Be sure to visit
106 Southard Road, Saratoga Springs
a stunning modern New England home with unobstructed views of the Mohawk Valley and Adirondack Mountains and a custom kitchen, pantry, dining hutch and mud room designed by CCW
For additional information on the Showcase of Homes visit http://www.saratogashowcaseofhomes.com
See you at the Showcase,