1. The hottest kitchen look: white, punctuated with bold colour.
2. Appliances are varying their finishes and colours -bronze is a new direction for appliance finishes.
Jenn Air's oiled bronze series of appliances.
3. Go green by recycling a vintage item - repaint it or embellish it, to add personality to your space while being environmentally responsible. William recently had a vintage kitchen table painted in a bold colour and added a metal countertop to modernize the piece.
4. Incorporate something unexpected in the kitchen, such as an oversized piece of art or a large sculpture.
Examples of William MacDonald's design.
And now, my interview:
Housewears: As you know, the Canadian Government has given homeowners incentive to renovate with the HRTC (Home Renovation Tax Credit), which saves homeowners 15% on renovations beyond $1000 to a maximum of $10,000. What do you feel homeowners can do to add the "wow" factor to their kitchen to take advantage of this?
William: There are a number of things that can be done, lighting I think is critical, updating your fixtures can change the look significantly. So many kitchens don't have adequate lighting!
Updated, functional appliances are important as well, and small touches like a backsplash can make a difference. We're seeing alot of interesting use of glass for backsplashes. I like putting metal countertops in a kitchen.
Housewears: So many homeowners struggle with the colour of cabinetry for kitchens. Tell me more about your thoughts on a white kitchen.
William: We're seeing many black and white kitchens with red accents, or another bold primary colour that can be changed when you tire of it. Chair cushions can be reupholstered, a wall can be repainted, accessories changed. Kitchen cabinets are a big expenditure, and the simple white shaker cabinet really has longevity, maybe more so than a particular wood stain. It's clean, dramatic, and the look can be changed with accent colours.
Housewears: So are we back to the Draper style of black and white and bold colour, traditional with modern furniture?
William: Yes! That was during economic downturn, and here we are again in tough economic times with the bright bold look coming back again as an accent to black and white, we saw so much of it at IDS 09.
Housewears: And speaking of colour, what is a paint chip you've used recently that you really like?
William: There are so many, but 'Fan Light' is a good one, it's a Para product, (P2103-01)it's a soft pale gray, and it goes with everything, it looks wonderful, and changes with lighting. I love this colour.
Thanks so much, William, for taking time to chat with me! Here are some photos of great white kitchens to enjoy!
photo via Brooke Giannetti Love that marble!
Photo courtesy The Kitchen Designer.
Photo by Andreas Charalambous .
Photo courtesy Kitchen Options.
Photo Courtesy Design In Out. Solid glass backsplashes are an alternative to glass tile.
Photo via BeachBungalow8 .
Photo courtesy Roxxon.
I'm hooked on fabulous white kitchens this week, check out what others are hooked on this Friday at Hooked on Houses, and check out Fifi Flowers for Fashionable Friday!
Stay tuned for the comments of the next designer I chatted with in my "Design By 5" series!