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One mental stroll through my dream kitchen and I see a lot of the same things I'm always seeing: dark matte cabinets, tiny floral wallpaper that's peeling around the edges, a warm wood countertop, and porcelain knobs and pulls galore. It's a bit granny, but I am who I am.
What it isn't is inventive (if it could be my grandmother's kitchen, I wouldn't call the look cutting edge). So when I came across the image below, of a kitchen with all kinds of ideas I never would have thought to obsess over, I worked a few of them—ahem, statement hood—into the aforementioned dream room.
This excellent space belongs to a townhouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and was designed by CWB Architects, with Jesse Parris-Lamb handling the interior design. Here are the five things I love about it the most.
- Brasserie lights: For soft white light and the feel of dinner on the town, even when you're eating toast. These frosted orbs are from Schoolhouse Electric.
- Tiles like you haven't seen them in every other kitchen: Bold colors used minimally, white tiles interspersed randomly. (These, printed with a custom pattern developed by the architect for the homeowner, were made by Viuva Lamego, Portugal; you can find them here.)
- Floating, color-backed shelf: Like Kenzi's spruced-up box shelf, but in a rich single color that calls out to those tiles just enough (I also love how it's mounted asymmetrically).
- Statement hood: Rather than hiding it under faux-cabinet doors, the design team went big and graphic with this choice—which I'm hoping plays out as a kitchen trend of 2016.
- Sea glass-green cabinets: I love paint colors that are so light they're almost white, but still colors. A barely mint green is so fresh and squeaky clean.
What does your dream kitchen look like? Paint me a picture in the comments.