I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday celebrating with family and friends, or enjoying some quiet alone time (I know I’d like some of that right now). Moving about in my kitchen this holiday, cooking and mingling with friends and family, I was reminded how dysfunctional my kitchen really is. Back in December I talked about open shelving and cabinetry in modern kitchen designs, which is the perfect segue right into a kitchen makeover and a plea for design inspiration!
While searching through my usual online inspiration haunts – Houzz.com, Pinterest, and Coastal Living, I found lots of ideas that incorporated the open shelving design elements that I’m in love with. This image combines opening shelves, but also cabinets with glass doors so you can still show off your favorite glassware, but this keeps it dust-free.
Something else that just jumps out at me from this image is the natural wood moulding at the ceiling, windows, and baseboards against the contrast of the bright white ceiling and the blue walls. It’s striking and inviting. I’m not sure if I like the blue paint color here, but another shade of blue would look just as great. My family spends a lot of time in the kitchen – it often serves as my office, our eating place, and our meeting space. We use this room 80 percent of the time compared to the other rooms in our house so we want it to be light and airy with excellent traffic flow (something I realized this past holiday season that my kitchen lacks). I’m particularly drawn to the natural moulding paired with the light wood floors, which makes it seem larger. The moulding also ties in perfectly with the brown and taupe in the backsplash.
So even if I can’t tackle an entire kitchen makeover with the open shelves and glass cabinet doors all at once, I know the first place I can start for a refreshing update is decorative moulding. I already have baseboards in my kitchen, but in a weekend I can hit my local building supply stores – Lowe’s or Menards, and add the ceiling moulding and then update the door and window moulding in a matching color.
I figure I have a few months to make my kitchen a little more functional before the next family holiday feast, so please share with me your kitchen make over ideas. And feel free to check out the kitchen ideas I find and share on Pinterest.
The first office space I ever had was dubbed “the fish bowl” by my coworkers. The walls were literally glass from floor to ceiling and it doubled as the marking material-filing room-supply closet. I had a small, boring desk in the middle of the room with no way to personalize it (not to mention no privacy with people constantly coming and going for brochures, staples, and toilet paper). Fast forward to now when I’ve graduated from entry level to work-at-home professional with a home office of my own. However, I can’t say over the years I’ve put much effort into my own office space. So recently, I’ve decided to make it a priority.
I’ve been looking at a lot of design ideas on Pinterest and HGTV. I’m not entirely sure which direction I want to go, but there is one detail I know I will add for sure. Decorative moulding and trim. To me, there is nothing that says sophistication and elegance like adding decorative trim details to ceilings, floors, walls, and windows. It’s like the perfect piece of jewelry for your room – that final accessory that brings everything together. Not only does it diminish the gaps between walls and ceilings and walls and floors, but you can make amazing, unique custom details on walls, like the ones in this photo.
I love the “picture framing” elements they created by attaching strips of moulding to look like raised panels. It looks like high-end wainscoting but without the high-end price. Moulding can literally change a square room into a grown-up, sophisticated place of business.
My DIY wheels are already turning. This would be such an easy project for me; all I need is some narrow pre-finished moulding from Lowe’s or Home Depot and some spare time! Probably the most difficult part would be keeping the size and spacing of each frame straight and uniform.
At first I wasn’t sure if I was in love with the natural wood look of the trim and moulding. I typically like the pure, stark white look, but I have to admit, the more I look at this photo, the more the natural wood is growing on me. I would definitely go in a different direction for paint color. This dark blue, combined with the wood trim and the dark furniture, is more of a masculine look, but it’s certainly giving me some ideas I can work with.
For those DIYers out there who’ve tackled their own home office space, please share your ideas! I’d love to see how you marry the styles of femininity and power player without over-the-top girly. I think that’s the look I’m going for.