Pictures make it look so easy – whether it’s a cool kitchen, pristine bathroom, or impossibly perfect outdoor patio, the photos that inspire us to improve our homes make living stylishly seem simple. And while collecting photos and saying “I want this” can be an effective way to communicate your home desires to the professionals you’ve hired to make them come true, it’s helpful to have a little more info about what your dream space entails. KUKUN’s resident architecture and interior design advisors are here to help you understand what you should think about and ask for when trying to replicate a dream space in your home.
From KUKUN’s architecture advisor:
Communicate your vision as a kitchen open to the rest of the space, without any physical separation from the dining area, but with a clear differentiation of both uses for the space. Here, this is made possible thanks to two things:
1.The colors and styles. The kitchen area features darker brown hues, as seen in American colonial or southern/Spanish colonial design. The dining area includes a lot more light, not only because of the use of light tones, but also because the table is placed right below the skylight. This area looks more country and rustic, with the ceiling in wood, wood table, flowers, etc., mixed with a touch of industrial from the lamps and metallic chairs.
2.The other element that delineates the areas is the ceiling. One space is very bright and open, and the other is more reserved and warm.
Other things to consider when mimicking this look include three different styles of lamps (seen in the kitchen, dining space, and near the window seat). Each specifies a different ambiance. The column is very annoying, visually speaking, but helps mark the division between the kitchen and dining area. The disposition of the floorboards also helps make the space feel congruous, not only because it’s the same material, but also because the long side is in the direction of the union of the spaces, so it gives the sensation of continuity instead of sectioning. Usually, in order to make a space look wider, you put the long side of the tiles or floor boards parallel to the direction the light comes from. In this case the main source of light comes from the roof, not from the windows, so this doesn’t create any conflict.
If you don’t have a skylight, or option for a skylight, play with the height of the ceilings by using plafonds. This is a good way to mark different areas, without compromising the fluidity and openness of the space. It always looks better (at least to me) to differentiate areas in great rooms by altering the ceiling instead of the floor.
From KUKUN’s interior design advisor:
This open kitchen/dining area has an up-to-date rustic and industrial look. A mix of warm, light woods and a monochromatic palette give it a Scandinavian feel. Some matte metal and black accents add a bit of contrast. To recreate this look, here are a few hints on the products and materials used:
1.The chairs and stools are reproductions of the French 1930s Tolix or Marais A chair.
2.The cabinetry is made of a stained rustic pine, and the table is a clear finish natural pine.
3. The flooring is most likely a distressed oak.
4.The pendant lights over the table are reproductions of industrial lighting fixtures, and most likely the remake of the Dunlop factory pendant lights. They contrast with the more traditional glass lanterns above the island, which have an old Spanish or Morrocan style.
5.The soft touches of blue porcelain and red pillows, and the amazing natural lighting give the room a bright and cheery feel.