Classic White Kitchen with a Few Twists

At first glance, this looks like another white kitchen. Though white is classic and timeless, it can tend toward a little boring, especially considering how many white kitchens (with marble tops and white subway tile) we're seeing these days. There are a few things here that make you want to give this particular white kitchen a double-take:

1.  Bold brass pendants.  These are the first thing you see when you walk in the door, and their large size makes them stand out even more. Notice how the finish contrasts with the stainless steel and polished nickel used everywhere else.  But guess what?  That's okay!  Mixing metals is actually a big trend right now, and it works here because it adds interest—the pendants stand out rather than blending in.

2.  Custom Range Hood.  Extra detail went into designing a hood that added a little more of an industrial flair, without overkill.  

3.  Stylish faucet.  This pull-down faucet from Waterstone is a piece of art in itself!

4.  Painted Ceiling.  We went a shade darker on the ceiling - an escape from the usual white.  

5.  Sitting Area in Kitchen.  This is a trend that's been slowly developing.  The kitchen has often been called the "heart of the home", so why not embrace this concept and add a comfortable sitting area in this space?  We reconfigured the kitchen layout, making it more functional, while at the same time eliminating the old dining table by creating a dining space as an extension of the island.  This allowed extra room to add a sitting area by the fireplace (and a window seat).  

Photography by hiya papaya

Nicole Zeigler, CKBR, Allied ASID, NCIDQ is the owner / lead designer at enzy design, LLC; specializing in kitchen & bathroom design and residential remodeling.

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