By Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Sunday, September 17th 2017, 10:49:08 AM.
Winnow down your kitchen gear. During a remodel, your cooking and eating routine will be disrupted, and no matter how much you love to cook, ambitious meals will be a challenge. Keep things simple and pare down to the kitchen tools you really, truly can't live without. Be merciless – how often are you going to use your food processor or waffle iron? Stash the essentials close at hand and store the rest.
Mix soft and hard. "My inspiration for hanging this black antique chandelier was to add a sense of sophistication and elegance to the kitchen space", says New Zealand designer Natalie Du Bois of Du Bois Design. "It also softens and offsets the hard, solid masculine materials used in the kitchen".
Create a center of attention. "This kitchen was designed to bring a symmetrical balance to the back, windowed wall", says Marlene Wangenheim of Interiors By Design. "All the materials, though rich, were very played down– for example, the white quartz stone countertops and the Calacatta marble brick tile with mother‐of‐pearl in the backsplash". "The chandelier brings your eye immediately to the center of the room, and then the tour begins", she adds. "The glitz of the chandelier also balances the serene color palette by contrasting it and giving it a wow effect".