Remember a few weeks ago when I said my dream kitchen was this Swedish beauty? Well, scratch that, because this West Village townhouse kitchen just trumped it. It's almost beyond the realm of believability. It's huge (which for a New York City kitchen already means we're treading in dream territory), the range is ridiculous, and the five floor-to-ceiling windowed doors open to a large back garden. I know. Just stop it.
While it may be hard to believe that we mere plebeians can learn anything from a kitchen so firmly planted in fantasy land, there are still ideas to steal. Here are five things I learned while drooling over — er, I mean looking at — this kitchen.
1. Brass details + gray cabinets = GORGEOUS
Brass is having a major moment right now. In the kitchen I usually see it paired with white, but it looks amazing set against these dark grey cabinets. The color scheme reminds me of this
, which I similarly swooned over.
2. Go all in with subway tile.
A subway tile backsplash? Lovely, fine, a little been-there-done-that. The next step is just to go all in, floor-to-ceiling. And like this kitchen, the dark grout makes the white tiles stand out.
3. Set up a "most-used" area.
The area to the right of the (totally gorgeous) stove is one of my favorite parts of the kitchen, perhaps because it seems the most accessible. Take out everything around it and you're left with little countertop space and a strip of wall, which is all that many kitchens have, so seeing how to make the most of it (and have it look awesome) is helpful.
I'm calling it the "most-used" area because of what it contains: a utensil crock, a knife rack, the breakfast trifecta of toaster oven, cappuccino machine (or coffee maker), and coffee grinder, and a few open shelves with salt, a pepper grinder, and pantry goods and spices in jars.
4. For unified open shelving, stick to a few colors.
Open shelves have their detractors, but I have to say: when it works, it really works, and it really works here. These open shelves have a lot of stuff on them, but what keeps them from looking cluttered is a unified palette. Every dish, glass, or pan on the shelf is either white, cream, dark grey, brown, or black — all neutrals, in other words — and grouped together by type and color. (Reminds me of this kitchen.)
5. Put heavy items on the bottom shelf.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many open shelf photos we've seen that show a KitchenAid mixer or heavy Dutch oven on the top shelf. It may look good in pictures, but as most commenters inevitably point out, it's cumbersome and borderline dangerous to store heavy items on high, open shelves.
This setup does it right. All the heavy pots, pans, and small appliances are on the bottom, while the lighter, airier, prettier dishes fill the upper shelves. It grounds the shelves, too, both physically and metaphorically. You don't feel jarred by heavy cookware in random places on random levels.
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What do you notice about this kitchen?
(Image credits: Hilary Robertson; Brittany Ambridge for Domino)