Crisp white kitchens are a classic and it’s not surprising that they have been incredibly popular for nearly two decades and show little sign of giving up the top spot. My post on the movie decor of Something’s Gotta Give is still one of my Top 10 visited posts and it came out in 2003! While there are so many beautiful white kitchens, they really just don’t speak to me. They can seem sterile and almost too perfect, if that makes sense. What I love and swoon over is a more soulful kitchen, perhaps even moody. Dark painted cabinets, natural woods and mixed materials really make my heart go pitter patter. I like a space that looks collected over time with a mix of materials, a little rustic yet elegant with simple lines and not a lot of extraneous detail. A place where fine art and breadboards go together.
I am nearly finished with the design of the Dream Home 2021 kitchen and as I’m completing it, I wanted to share some of what has inspired the design – plus a little early peak with description at the bottom.
This was an image I saw on Instagram taken at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland. This obviously isn’t their main kitchen but how lovely is the mix of marble, headboard and dark cabinetry? I like the clever holes in the counter for scraps and the farmhouse sink is divine.
One of my favorite sources of kitchen inspiration comes from Devol Kitchens out of the UK (they now have a branch in NYC!). I do enjoy the old English look – which makes sense coming from New England!
Loving the counter mounted glass front cabinet!
Art belongs in the kitchen!
One think I’m really drawn to is the mixed of painted and stained woods – how gorgeous is the walnut interiors on these cabinets from Noel Dempsey Kitchens. And the burnished brass hardware gives a aged feeling.
This is an image from Farrow & Ball showcasing their De Nimes color. I don’t know who the designer is, but will post if I find out. Love the plate rack and usefulness of the lower shelf. The thickness of the countertop is pretty special too.
Lauren Liess is one of my favorite designers. While her style is very different than mine, I love the mix of materials. She really gets the soulful feeling. This was a kitchen in one of her homes. The wall of old oil paintings is a unique and beautiful touch on this interior wall.
Another beautiful mix of painted and stained woods as well as the mix of stone countertops.
Another British brand kitchen – this is from Smeg showcasing their Classic Cooker. I love how it’s tucked into the wall – a big professional style range can look a little commercial but this application is all homey comfort.
This is a butler’s pantry/2nd kitchen from Jean Stoffer Designs. It’s truly one of the most beautiful spaces. The ceiling painted to match the cabinets and walls gives it a cozy cocoon-like feeling.
This was a kitchen I worked on a few years ago. The glass display cabinet on the left just peeking into view was originally a modern and bland corner wall-niche with glass shelves. I designed a “jelly cabinet” inspired look with beadboard back walls and antiqued painted doors to match the kitchen walls. Vintage pieces gave this modern garden home a more cozy feel.
And this was my own kitchen that I made over in a townhouse I used to live in. Painted and antiqued cabinets, beadboard walls and checkerboard floor plus the burlap shade and skirting gave it a high/low collected look – this was my first attempt at a soulful kitchen. (BTW – this was paintable beadboard wallpaper – all the rage in blog land when I did it. So easy and quick tho!)
And here is a little peek at the Dream Home 2021 kitchen. This is the cooking side. The sink, dishwasher and fridge are opposite. I ended up dropping the ceiling height to 10 feet from 12 and added beams which makes it a little more cozy. If it looks like it’s missing a cooktop, there is a seamless induction stovetop below the vent hood. It blends completely into the black and white Cambria quarts counter and wall. While I was toying with a more showy range, I knew that I’d really be very happy with something more minimal especially as the kitchen is open to the great room and I do tend to prefer more closed off spaces. I’m still looking at hardware choices and accessories then I think it’s good to go and will be posting soon!
The mudroom/pantry/laundry room/puppy-washing station/guest resources room (is there even a word for all that? The “everything” room?) is nearing completion as well, but the kitchen pulled together quicker.
So, what about you? Are you Team White Kitchen or Team Soulful Kitchen?