Inject a touch of heat
Play with asymmetry
Designed by Arent & Pyke, this kitchen looks like an affordable, family-friendly space that is modern and airy. The careful asymmetrical balance immediately catches our eye, with the hood resting to the right of the room. This creates a stark contrast to the rest of the symmetrical, linear and symmetrical placements, from the floating shelf lined with the hood to the lamp, the island counter and the sofa.
Use a tiled backsplash
To soften an industrial kitchen, opt for a backsplash of subway tiles. This ETC.etera-designed kitchen features angled concrete floors, a red retro stool, classic black-stained wood furniture, an ultra-stylish island and simple subway tiles. All together they create an eclectic but cohesive whole.
Keep It Simple
To add depth and size to an all-white kitchen, opt for textured plaster walls, modern wood and light cabinets, as seen in this space designed by Leanne Ford Interiors.
Install the inner glass
When you can’t decide between an open and closed plant, find a compromise with the inside glass. Here, Hecker Guthrie frames the kitchen with partial internal walls to diffuse light between the two rooms, and promotes the transition from the kitchen to the rest of the space.
Opt for exposed floating shelves if you have a collection of beautiful enough glassware, crockery or ceramic kitchen items to display. Place some small-scale framed artwork on the top shelf to create a real (and unexpected) aesthetic for the gallery.
Anchor with classic
If you’re attracted to a more timeless and traditional design, but also want to give your kitchen a modern feel, look no further. This Studio DB example finds the perfect balance. It is also creating a strong case for gray, which is cool and smooth compared to the dark and dingy.
Dries Otten combines extravagant style with industrial features in this unique kitchen. The stainless steel hood and exposed tubing open against the marina walls, while the blue striped fabric brightens the atmosphere.