When we talk of “mixed materials,” we’re referencing the current trend of combining many different elements into a space, including wood, stone and metal. Many of today’s top kitchens are reveling in warm wooden tones. After all, wooden surfaces have a way of bringing those gleaming countertops and cabinets back down to earth! [from Stephen Turvil Architects]
When we first spotted the kitchen of Eye Swoon founder Athena Calderone a couple of years ago, we were completely smitten! The thought of adding brass details to a space dominated by cool grey tones seemed shockingly refreshing and oh so elegant. Yes, Athena was ahead of her time! And now we’re all catching up as we mix brass with wood, marble, and silver tones. More on brass in the next section… [from Harper’s Bazaar]
You can even re-create the mixed materials look on a budget! This gorgeous studio apartment kitchen from Black & Milk Residential features laminate with the look and feel of wood, as well as porcelain tile that channels the timeless style of Carrara marble:
Just as mixed materials are becoming fixtures in today’s kitchen, mixed metals are increasingly making a statement in the modern culinary space. Just because you have stainless steel appliances doesn’t mean that the hardware has to be silver-toned as well! Below we see a stunning kitchen from Design Manifest, which includes a quartzite and walnut island, a tile backsplash, and lots of brass hardware You can find all the details and resources in the post:
Brass is becoming a widely accepted kitchen staple, appearing on everything from lighting to flatware. Why go with brass when there are other silver accents in the room? Because it’s unexpected. Because it adds warmth. And because it’s interesting to mix it up!
But it’s not all about brass! Copper is making a comeback as well, and the kitchen below proves that when it comes to modern eclectic style, a little bit of copper can elevate your culinary space.
In their recent design trend forecast for 2016, Houzz showcased an up-and-coming trend that’s fresh and exciting: black stainless steel! Yes, we still love stainless steel appliances, but for a special touch, opt for black stainless steel, which adds a black satiny finish to your space. So decadent and sleek!
Backsplashes are nothing new, but since there’s a big interest in juxtaposing textures in the kitchen, more and more culinary spaces are showcasing tile backsplashes! Below we see a classic favorite: subway tile. [from West Elm]
Note the range of elements in the kitchen below, from patterned flooring to interesting decor. Yet the space is crisp and light, thanks to white walls. The white tile backsplash adds the perfect amount of texture while keeping the look refreshing. [photo by Mari Luz Vidal for Lonny]
One growing backsplash trend is the use of unexpected patterning, such as the herringbone design below.
On a similar note, the modern kitchen of A Beautiful Mess blogger Elsie Larson features subway tile in the straight herringbone pattern. Note the right angles!
We end today’s post by shining the spotlight on statement lighting, such as groups of pendant lights. One popular strategy: hanging a series of identical lights over the kitchen island! [photo by Tim Turner for Urban Kitchens]
Will you be incorporating mixed materials, mixed metals, a tile backsplash or statement lighting into your kitchen this year?…
**Article courtesy of www.decoist.com and published by Katie Simmons