When we first came across this kitchen, our reaction was one of envy: They can fit six bar stools at their counter? Oh, and that's their second island counter? We eventually calmed down enough to realize that even though our kitchens don't have the same square-footage, there are plenty of lessons we can learn from this space and put to use in our own homes. Here are five of the lessons we're taking away from this kitchen.
1. Focus on coordinating, not matching.
Any space where things are perfectly matched will feel a little amateur. So instead of trying to make sure everything matches, look instead for pieces that coordinate. This kitchen has a great example in the pendant lights and bar stools. While at first glance they appear unrelated, they actually go together quite well. They both are a mix of angular and circular elements, and they are made of similar materials.
2. Find the setup that works for you.
No, you're probably not going to be able to put a second island (maybe not even a first!) in your kitchen, but the fact that this space has one illustrates a great point: Make the space what you need it to be. Even if we had the space, we might not need two island counters, but this homeowner might bake a lot with several people, or have a cake stand collection that needs all the extra storage space. The key is that it works for them, even if it's slightly unconventional.
3. More light is always better.
We've rarely seen a kitchen with too much light, and the designer of this kitchen knew that too. We love how many spotlights are built into the ceiling, and that they augment the natural light from the window. If you don't have that option, consider adding a regular table lamp or our favorite clamp lamp.
4. Play with textures within a color palette.
There are actually several different textures and surfaces at work in this kitchen. All the cabinets have the same light birch finish, but there are two different materials on the counters. The bar counter with the stools is made of concrete, while the others appear to be a slightly different color of stone. The stainless steel appliances and fixtures pull in another texture, and of course, the tile wall adds a textural focal point. But what makes all of these work together? The fact that they are all within the same blonde, gray, and blue color scheme. It's a variation on the coordinating-but-not-matching lesson from before.
5. Even the biggest space requires ingenuity.
Just because you have a lot of space doesn't mean you'll always have everything you need. Case in point: This bar sink as a drink chiller is the perfect way to keep party beverages on the rocks.