Kitchen Contrast

While I am usually a fan of more traditional kitchens for my own space, I still very much appreciate all different styles of design.  For me, a crisp and classic kitchen is what I dream of, but how cool are those with a bit more contrast in the finishes?  Let’s take a look at some inspirational spaces.

Kitchen Contrast {Something Decorated}

via Houzz

I like how this is still a pretty transitional design, but the black and white contrast is really sleek and sexy.  The way the counter space finishes flip-flop with the island finishes is a good design practice altogether.   It keeps things subtly interesting without going over-the-top.

Kitchen Contrast {Something Decorated}

via Luella & June

I think this kitchen concept is pretty much genius.  The marble backsplash softens this look, and the mirrored gold element is harsh, however toned down with the other features.  Really beautiful.

Kitchen Contrast {Something Decorated}

via Domaine Home

The designer of this kitchen made a statement with the overhead pendants and the seat cushions on those Bertoia barstools.  This minimalist look is gorgeously done and doesn’t look too stark or unfriendly.  It has such a fun feel to it.

Kitchen Contrast {Something Decorated}

via Home Adore

I know this is a red feature again, but I just want to mention something with this space.  The red provides contrast with the white, yes, but I imagine that this entire space is one giant room with different seating areas, possibly an entry, etc.  The red wall is a way to draw you in to the space — warmer colors placed on far walls in a space pull you forward, providing more contrast, energy, and life.  This is something really important to remember when you are painting your home.  I will do a separate post about this at some point — very crucial.

Kitchen Contrast {Something Decorated}

via Domaine Home

Another white and gold contrast, this one much more classic (with a farmhouse twist) than the previous.  This gold-accented island is really more aged brass-looking and less shiny than the upper cabinets in the other photo.  It lends itself to this space more than a super glossy and stark gold would have.

Kitchen Contrast {Something Decorated}

via Home Adore

White, green, and red — a classic contemporary color combination.  I’m loving those cabinets on the right-hand wall with that frosty glass.  Very cool.

Kitchen Contrast {Something Decorated}

via Dwell

Pops of vibrant yellow add an element of liveliness and fun to this kitchen.  And the color selection isn’t random — the wall to the left with the paneling?  You can find a toned-down version of the sunny yellow right there.  A great example of how colors don’t necessarily have to match perfectly.  Graying-out a variation is a great way to pair two colors that are the same.

Kitchen Contrast {Something Decorated}

via Home Adore

Steel-y grays and reds — a perfect industrial combination.  In this kitchen, horizontal lines are its main component.  Start at the top of the photo and draw your eye downward…  See it?  This creates a very uniform, clean look.  However, adding in some items with vertical thrust just might make this space a touch more interesting.

Kitchen Contrast {Something Decorated}

via HGTV

Now this is adorably bold, but I don’t think I would ever advise a client to do this unless they were a lifelong fan of yellow.  I see hard surfaces in a kitchen as investments, and the subway tiles would be costly to replace once all of the labor and materials were figured into it.  However, this is a pretty traditional kitchen that strays more to the transitional/soft-contemporary side because of the backsplash, pendants, and barstools.  I really do love it, but it would have to be the perfect set of circumstances for me to bring this idea to a client.

Kitchen Contrast {Something Decorated}

Stark white and espresso brown.  It’s elegant and warm, and with these modern finishes, reads very clean and pretty masculine.  The waterfall countertop is one of my favorite elements of a lot of contemporary kitchens out there.  A very sleek and sophisticated feature.

What is your favorite color juxtaposition when it comes to kitchen design?  Do you like these bold elements that create a lot of contrast?

xoxo, Maria

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