Kitchen / May 6, 2018 / .
Certain elements, like backless barstools, wire kitchen islands, or glass pendant lights for example, leave sight lines open and do not trip up your eye as you move around the room. Floating countertop, and mid century stools, do just that. We talk a lot about using reflective mirrors strategically, but stainless steel appliances, glossy floors, satin paint, glass tiles, and sleek cabinets can also do the trick.
Many homeowners and designers agree that light yellow is a winning color in the kitchen. It is friendly enough not to raise any eyebrows, yet distinctive enough that it will complement most types of kitchen cabinet wood species. Like whites, the yellows reflect maximum ambient light, a plus if you have a gloomy townhouse or row house—yet without the hospital-sterile feeling that white convey.
Take the cafe curtain off the window, add under-cabinet lighting, and paint those oak cabinets glossy white! You can even add a mirror over a window-less sink to bounce the light around. The lighter and brighter your kitchen, the roomier it will feel. So all white is not your thing? No problem — but try to pick a color and stick to it. If your cabinets, walls, and countertops are all varying shades of gray, for example, the space would not feel chopped up by a countertop that is a strong contrast to the woodwork above and below.
Some patterned wall and floor coverings add visual clutter that makes a space feel smaller, but certain patterns have the opposite effect. Oversize diamonds or chevrons create diagonal lines that draw the eyes from one side of the room to the other, making it feel wider than it really is. Combine this technique with low-contrast colors for big results in a small kitchen.