Our regular contributor on all things kitchen design, Regina Yunghans, is away for a couple weeks. She just had a beautiful baby boy! So we've invited a few friends to share some inspiration from beautiful kitchens. First up is Susan Serra, a professional kitchen designer and blogger. Here's her account of a recent trip to Spain, with lots of photos too!
I love modern design and I know so much of The Kitchn community does too. What I REALLY love (and I'm sure I'm not alone) is the mix of old and new, clean and textured, cool and warm, those sort of eclectic combinations. During a recent trip to Spain (courtesy of www.autokitchen.com) for which I along with my colleague Roberta Kravette, AKBD, LEED AP, was asked to speak to an audience at the Spanish kitchen design exhibition (SICI) in Madrid on American kitchen design trends, I had the opportunity to do a little traveling around Spain as well. Put a camera in my hands and I go to TOWN, finding inspiration virtually anywhere.
For some reason, part of my 2,000 images over 5 days centered around flooring...the patterns, colors, and textures spoke to me and said "come hither". I had been thinking at various times this year about how design elements can be interpreted as truly classic and timeless in a kitchen design. I think that is what attracted me to turn the camera downward at the floors in Spain, some of these centuries-old, and compare them to today's flooring aesthetic.
It may sound simplistic, but the patterns are familiar, as are the tile colors. What was unexpected were the delightful and colorful inserts situated among the larger tiles, typical for a kitchen backsplash but not seen so often these days in the US in flooring. Sometimes the inserts were patterned, sometimes a solid color or the color of the tile. Zig zag patterns with colorful tiles in a line were fun and who doesn't love the classic herringbone pattern (without a colorful zigzag within it)?
I asked autokitchen to create a few renderings of modern kitchens with classic (and old looking) flooring configurations. That's one of my favorite looks - old and new design elements used together. It's the energy I love. Besides having classic beauty, the floors in Spain fall mainly on (fill in the blank because I can't!)
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(Images: Susan Serra; www.autokitchen.com)