Interior designer Elizabeth Metcalfe offers advice for creating a sophisticated country kitchen design with texture, color and pattern:
• Control the contrast between light and dark elements. “While contrast can definitely make a room appear smaller, it does add to a feeling of warmth and permanence,” Elizabeth points out. “Use an 80/20 mix. In this kitchen, 80 percent of the cabinetry is light, while the darkly stained elements are 20 percent.”
• Vary the size of your surface materials. In this kitchen design, the Calcutta marble backsplash consists of a mix of small brick, traditional 3 x 6-inch subway, and a no-joint micro-mosaic.
• Layer lighting for a nuanced mood. Here, Elizabeth used recessed ceiling pot lights, pendants over the island, a ceiling fixture in the television area and sconces flanking the hood over the range.
• Create a focal point on each wall. As the only visible appliance, the metal range and its decorative, furniture-like hood stand out, complementing the island they face.
• Pair horizontal and vertical lines throughout the kitchen design. The drapes “create a long vertical line to balance the island’s strong horizontal line,” Elizabeth says.
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Written by Elaine K. Phillips
Photographed by Mike Chajecki of Still Moments Photography