I’m currently in the middle of three kitchen renovations. Not personally (thank goodness!) but I am vicariously experiencing the pain and inconvenience that goes along with such projects. While function is important to any room, it is especially important when designing a kitchen. In this case, form should definitely follow function and the design should be well thought out before any work begins.
One piece worth considering when doing a kitchen design is the uber functional banquette. It’s a space-saver while also adding softness to a room full of hard surfaces and finishes. Kitchens are often begging for a little pattern and color to break-up the monotony of all those cabinets and appliances. A banquette can be one-sided, two or even three, depending on your needs and space.
And best of all, the banquette is an equal opportunity seater — it works regardless of your personal style. Modern, traditional, eclectic, heck it can work with any style de jour — a hollywood regency kitchen anyone? So, find a corner or a little nook and settle right in, a banquette may be just what you’re looking for.
In praise of the “just right” room
Pictured above is a living room designed by Lynn Morgan and featured in the April issue of House Beautiful. It is undeniably fresh and pretty with its crisp white walls and pastel blues. Perhaps a tad too traditional for my preferred taste, I am highlighting it because it exemplifies what I believe to be one of the most important aspects of successful design. Yes it is functional, yes it is aesthetically pleasing, yes it appears to feature a nice mix of old and new — all important elements of good design.
But I’m focusing on this room because of what it isn’t — over-designed. There is something very pleasing about its simplicity. It’s a little breath of fresh air. No window treatments, a simple sisal on the floor, there’s a minimum of pattern and even color. But this room isn’t cold or sterile. Indeed, it strikes me as someplace that I’d like to spend an afternoon.
Not over-designed, not under-designed, it is a “just right” room.
Given my love of graphic patterns and layers of color, it’s refreshing to take a step back and admire the charms of a lovely, simple room.