The Kaihois' three-year-old daughter sits in the red Tripp Trapp high chair by Stokke. Kitchen designer Mick de Giulio created a homey kitchen with a retro feel in this Chicago home using yellow paint on the walls.The walnut floor, hand-scraped to give it even more character, changes to a chevron pattern in the adjoining breakfast room.
"You don't want the eye to stutter in a small space," Ferrier says.
"You want it to move naturally from one thing to the next, from similar color to similar color, from shape to shape."In a New York City kitchen designed by Carey Maloney and Hermes Mallea, the Burgundy La Cornue Chateau 150 range is the kitchen's focal point and showstopper.
Look for colorful options or Scott's favorite, a brushed nickel finish.
But resist the temptation to get something too personal or cutesy.
Or, ditch the doors altogether to create the effect of open shelving. "Find inexpensive lights at allmodern.com, ylighting.com, and lampsplus.com," says Kristy. Think of small appliances as decorative accessories.
"I've done this in kitchens to create a lighter space," Scott says. An orange fridge might be too bold (and too expensive) for most homeowners.
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Spin barstools from Crate & Barrel; light fixtures from Summer House; faucets by Waterworks."My style of decorating is, 'I love this, I love that, let's put it all together and make it work,'" says designer Krista Ewart. Benjamin Moore Aura in Salsa Dancing on cabinets and Oatmeal on walls."Everybody has a version of old light fixtures now, but I wanted something you didn't see in every other kitchen," designer Dan Doyle says of the lighting in a Napa Valley kitchen. Overscale willow basket lights from South of Market help define the breakfast area in a large kitchen in an Atlanta house decorated by Kay Douglass. A showstopping twig chandelier from Hudson Home brings a natural element, and some whimsy, inside an upstate New York house designed by Charles O. Walls and ceiling are Slipper Satin by Farrow & Ball.