5 Things We Can Learn from This Gold-Trimmed Kitchen

published Oct 2, 2015
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(Image credit: Caitlin Wilson )

When we first came across this kitchen, we didn’t think too much about it. But on closer inspection, we discovered there are several details that make it really stand out. The designer, Caitlin Wilson, has made a lot of smart choices to create a beautiful and cohesive space.

Let’s take a look at five details you can put to use in your own kitchen.

(Image credit: Caitlin Wilson)

1. Fixtures make all the difference.

One of the things that stands out in this kitchen is the gold hardware on all the cabinets and the gold light fixtures; the fixtures are well-coordinated without being identical. They all have the unifying theme of being the same gold tone, and a semi-matte finish, but they aren’t overwhelmingly identical in shape or design. The other thing to note is that both faucets are silver and not gold. This helps them blend into the background, and be more of a utility, like the stainless steel appliances, rather than a decorative accent, like the drawer pulls and light fixtures.

(Image credit: Caitlin Wilson)

2. Find visual ways to divide the space.

This kitchen has been well-divided with paint into two very separate sections. The white cabinets and tile backsplash very clearly designate the cooking and prep area of the kitchen, along with the breakfast bar. The darker gray-brown color anchors the space along that wall and demarcates the desk, bar, and small appliance area. It provides a good contrast to the otherwise all-white kitchen, and keeps it from feeling too sterile.

(Image credit: Caitlin Wilson )

3. Place a skylight smartly.

If you’re going to add a skylight to your kitchen, really think about the best place for it to go. Where are you going to want the most light, and where will you be most able to take advantage of it? We love how this is directly over the sink area — all the better to see those dirty dishes and really get them clean.

4. Mix & match textures and patterns.

We love the flooring in this space. Not only does it warm up the sleek white counters and cabinets, but it provides visual interest by adding diagonal lines. Otherwise, the kitchen would feel too boxed in. Plus, it contrasts nicely with the subway-style marble tile that covers the walls.

(Image credit: Caitlin Wilson)

5. Add a bit of whimsy.

Whimsical wouldn’t be the first word that came to mind when we saw this kitchen, but the inclusion of this water lily-patterned fabric window shade adds just a touch of it to the space. It’s a great example of how a seemingly incongruous element can fit perfectly in a well-planned design. Of course, it also helps that there are fresh flowers all over the kitchen as well.