By Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Friday, May 05th 2017, 09:03:01 AM.
Designate a kitchen stand‐in. Eating out all the time gets tiresome, not to mention the strain it can put on your budget. And no matter how much takeout you bring home, you'll still need a spot to make school lunches, pour a bowl of cereal or brew coffee. Set up a temporary kitchen somewhere that's out of the way of construction. If you're lucky enough to have a morning kitchen or a guesthouse, you can turn that into food‐prep central. Or outfit a corner of the basement, garage or workroom with a few portable tables, standalone shelves, storage crates and folding chairs.
Emphasize repetition and balance. "I decided to do a black Hungarian crystal chandelier in the kitchen because this is a loft, and the dining area was in an 'L' off of the kitchen", says Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo of ABCD Design. "You could see the two smaller clear crystal chandeliers over the dining table from every angle in both areas". "Repetition, balance and scale are all important elements in a good design, so I felt I was left no choice", she explains. "I had two clear smaller ones on one side, so I had to have a large one on the opposite side. I also wanted the fixture to stand out against the white wood hood and kitchen cabinets, and it needed to play off the black enamel Viking range. We already had black and white happening throughout the kitchen, and I felt the clear crystal wouldn't pop like the black would. It was the obvious choice for the room".
Once I've worked with the client to pick the collage of materials for the kitchen, we lay these out to focus on paint color. The reason this phase often comes bit later is that the kitchen might be under construction and still have the old paint color on the walls. The floors may be covered in that pinkish‐red rosin paper, which can affect the look of the color on the walls.