In the kitchen, you need materials that work hard, last long — and look beautiful, of course.
When it comes to decorating your kitchen, it’s about much more than just colors or themes. The materials you choose can not only influence your decor, but also how well your kitchen functions. Consider these designer ideas for kitchen finishes that check every box.
1 – Play with the paint finish
Paint is a no-brainer for quickly changing the look of any room, but in a utilitarian space like a kitchen, you can go bold with color or try variety of finishes — from high gloss to satin to matte.
Play with the finish on your cabinets: “I love to go glam with a shiny lacquer paired with polished brass hardware,” says Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design. “An inverse of that aesthetic might be matte black fixtures with a flat finish on cabinets — equally beautiful, but more of an organic look.”
2 – Warm up the space with brushed brass
One glance at Pinterest proves that this lovely trend is here to stay. “I love brass paired with marble,” says designer Jennifer Cavorsi, who finished her kitchen with touches of brass hardware.
“People are often scared to mix metals, but brushed brass looks beautiful with white, black, stainless steel and marble. Plus, hardware isn’t permanent, so it’s easy to change out when a trend fades.”
3 – Add sparkle and shine with chrome
Though brushed metals and gold hues are having a moment in kitchen hardware, chrome is a classic choice worth revisiting for its glamorous side. “Every kitchen needs a little sparkle and shine,” says Nikki Boyd, the blogger behind At Home With Nikki.
Chrome hardware also pairs beautifully with sleek, stainless steel appliances. Keep them smudge-free with Weiman’s Stainless Steel Wipes. They remove fingerprints, residue, and grease to reveal a brilliant, streak-free finish. Plus, the wipes leave behind a protective coating to repel dust and dirt.
4 – Swap white tiles with colorful glass tiles
Don’t assume neutral is the only way to go with tile — your backsplash is a relatively small area in your kitchen, so injecting a pop of color there is actually subtle.
“I love subway tiles with their clean and uniform lines, but wanted something that popped against white cabinets and grey countertops,” says Shawn Syphus, the blogger behind I Wash, You Dry. “I love the cool aqua color of these tiles with the bright white grout. They remind me of a modern-style beach house.”
5 – Make a mural with concrete or cement
If these materials make you think if a cold sidewalk or gray office building, think again. This vibrant kitchen, designed by Karen Vidal, proves that cement tiles can be wonderfully colorful and patterned. “We love cement tile, and we’re starting to install them more like a mural, rather than just interlocking patterns,” she says. “It’s a fresh interpretation of a very current material.”
If you care to lean even further into an industrial look, consider concrete countertops. They’re a surprisingly flexible and fresh take on a neutral-hued foundation for your cooking space.
6 – Add texture with a new wood stain
Wood projects a more traditional look in a kitchen, but it’s a myth that the look is dated. “I love the warm tones of walnut, and use it frequently,” says designer Campion Platt.
Clean lines modernize the classic material, but a single stain can marry a variety of styles — like these sleek cabinets paired with a rustic dining table. “The eat-in area is often overlooked when people are designing their kitchens,” says Platt. “Here’s the chance to add some great color and texture to the room.”
7 – Don’t forget about fabric
“Window treatments are often overlooked,” says Liz Toombs of Polka Dot and Rosebud Interiors. “But fabric is important to add to a kitchen because, without it, all the surfaces are hard and cold.” Drapes can fit this bill (and ), but tablecloths, napkins and cushions soften a kitchen, too — and are easily changed with the seasons.
Fabrics have a way of truly finishing off a kitchen, especially ones with smooth ceramic or glass cook tops. Keep these surfaces polished and looking their best with Weiman’s Glass Cook Top Heavy Duty Cleaner & Polish. It cleans, shines, and protects smooth top ranges in one step, removing burnt-on foods without scratching the surface.
8 – Explore natural stone
For designer Lindsay Pennington, nothing matches the elegant look and feel of marble. “For many years the default finish for stone countertops was polished, but there’s a quiet sophistication to natural stone with a softer texture achieved by honing.”
Still, marble can be pricey and delicate (it’s prone to staining and scratching). As an alternative, Vidal likes soapstone, a deep gray stone with white veining. “It’s durable, impervious to heat, and tolerant of acids like lemon juice and vinegar that can etch other surfaces — it’s often used as a laboratory countertop.”
Granite, though not much cheaper than most marble, is also generally more durable. If natural stone isn’t in your budget, laminate counters that mimic the patterns of stone have gotten more convincing in recent years. Or if you’re set on a natural material, consider on-trend butcherblock for a warm look that works well in both modern and country-style kitchens.
9 – Try two-toned schemes
Throw out the notion that surfaces in your kitchen must match exactly. Choose a different countertop for your kitchen island, mix and match tile, or choose two hues for your cabinets.
“I’m loving two-toned cabinets right now,” says designer Judith Ballis. “I love the fresh look of a deeper paint on the base cabinets and island (especially black, gray, or navy), and a crisp white paint for the uppers. It keeps the space light, fresh, and airy.”
News Source: (Liz Clark)