A Variety of Textures Offering A Simply Inviting Kitchen

Jan 16, 2020

Let me first begin by admitting, not many homes have the space for two islands, but what this recently designed kitchen reveals in one space are a variety of textures and neutral colors that work together naturally, yet perhaps unexpectedly, to create a warm and inviting, and even timeless space.

Park and Oak Interiors recently revealed their Siena Home Kitchen, and as I am in the middle of trying to make some decisions regarding color combinations and pendant lighting choices, I appreciated many of the details shown.

Key Takeaways:

  • Not all of counters need to be of the same material or color. In fact, as some countertops are not ones upon which to place a hot pan or skillet, choosing two different countertops enables you to have what you want, but also what you need, and it might save money as well. (However, if you are going to choose two different counter tops, two different types of countertops is the best idea, so it indeed looks intentional.)
  • Welcome a vintage wool rug, rather than a utilitarian rug into your kitchen, just do not place in front of the stove if you cook often.
  • Choose a slightly different style, color or grout when it comes to subway tile. Subway tile should be the background detail (figuratively speaking, even though it is literally in the background) and be a timeless choice, so refrain from trendy choices, and rather something that blends into the background and enables your fixtures and stove shine (unless you want to have to remodel your kitchen more frequently).
  • Choose clear pendants as it allows the space to remain open and vast, especially if you have a small kitchen.
  • Pair cool textures (marble/quartz) with warm textures (wood – floors and trim), old brass metal, leather chair backing and wool (rug))
  • Include plants and floral arrangements for a welcoming touch.

View the interior kitchen here.

Images: Park & Oak Interiors



5 thoughts on “A Variety of Textures Offering A Simply Inviting Kitchen

  1. I really like this kitchen! Those chairs are wonderful for texture, and I like that black door. I do like all of the white but to add a touch of warmth I would make the backsplash behind the stove in maybe a darker grey. Just an idea.

  2. My husband & I are in the throes (& I choose that word deliberately) of building our retirement house. We’re both engineers with strong opinions — two engineers, one house, what on earth could go wrong, right? — & I have been studying kitchen design as though I’m getting an advanced degree in it! Personal tastes aside (I can’t stand subway tile, bar-stool seating or white enamel apron sinks), I have two problems with this example. First, why do people not spend the extra money & have custom cabinets taken right to the ceiling to do away with that ugly gap? It will pay off in the long run. And the lighting — from what I can tell from the photos — appears to suck. I can’t tell which island those pendant lamps are hanging over (seating or work area) so can’t tell how well lit the work area is. And I doubt those wall sconces by the sink will provide good lighting there. I presently live in a house with terrible lighting in the kitchen and do NOT intend to do it again, so this is a trigger for me 🙂 I do love the glass-front cabinets, though. They add such a touch of elegance. And I like all the drawers, which are so much more useful than cupboards. Great touches of wood, too, echoing the beams!

  3. This black and white color scheme can be so versatile! I love the greyed-brown wood floor, exposed beams, shaker-style cabinets, and their hardware, along with the farm-house sink. The square white tiles behind the stove certainly are a step-up from subway tiles, but sadly still remind me of public bathrooms… For me, something with more of a statement would work better too.

    I agree with the previous comment that kitchen lighting is key. I have poor lighting in my kitchen and it’s miserable! Never again. Then there are the two islands. What’s up with that? They are in the middle of the kitchen work triangle (if there is one in this kitchen, who can tell by this photo), and they would endlessly be in the way for someone trying to prepare a meal efficiently. I have a square kitchen area with three steps to each side and it is perfect (surrounded with counter tops too). There is enough room to not feel claustrophobic, but not too much to be inefficient–really well designed that way (too bad I choose poorly with the lighting elements after the fire…).

    Finally, I also agree with the previous poster that having cupboards up to the ceiling are not the best choice for a number of reasons. First is cleanliness; dusting up there regularly is a pain. Next, why wouldn’t you want more storage? After all, you don’t have to use it if you don’t need to. Finally, to me having the cupboards end before the ceiling looks like the carpenter just didn’t bother to finish. Of course it’s less expensive because if the ceiling is uneven it’s more difficult for the carpenter to get the trim to fit. But a little more expense up front vs a lifetime of additional cleaning, you can guess which I’d choose.

    I wrote this to give you some honest feedback as well as to share some things to consider when making your remodeling choices so you don’t make any that you regret, and I do wish you the best and hope you end up with the kitchen of your dreams!

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