This month’s Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles features a gorgeous transitional kitchen by Matthew Quinn of Design GalleriaKitchen & Bath Studio. I have to say that Design Galleria is my favorite kitchen design firm in the country right now. They are classical, stylish, modern yet timeless and great at mixing finishes and styles in a work space. I’ve culled 10 tips from the kitchen below that you should consider for your dream kitchen.
1 1. A statement Hood is essential. I’m just mad for curvy hoods with strapping right now, so this number by Francois & Co is right up my alley.
2 2. The sink does NOT need to be under the window. Note how here the second sink is in between two windows and the range is in between the other two. This creates a sense of symmetry, allowing both the hood and the shelves above the sink to be a focal point in the kitchen.
3 3. Two islands are better than one in a large kitchen. Quinn says the original single island “split the room in half.” If you have the space for it you should consider a work island and eating island with plenty of room to navigate in between.
4. Mirrors aren’t just for wall cabinets. Decorative mirrored doors on the island dress up the end that faces the family room. I love mirrors in a kitchen- they visually expand a room of any size!
5 5. Extend short windows with mirrors. I love this trick: Quinn extended the casing of the windows and created “mirrored transoms.” This makes the windows feel much more proportional in the room.
. 6. A large single light fixture over the island makes much more of an impact than two (or three) small fixtures. How chic are these chandeliers from Urban Electric Company?
7. Turn an island into a furniture piece. How divine are these custom island legs with brass ball detail? Going custom on key pieces takes the whole kitchen to a higher bespoke level. You could even mix stock cabinetry with custom legs- just make sure to match the finish!
8. Mix hardware. Quinn mixed brass and stainless and matte black hardware and fixtures. I love the pulls he used on the refrigerator. They look like big knobs and make the piece feel more like an armoire.
9. Make a statement with shelf brackets. These custom brass shelf brackets just may be my favorite detail in the kitchen. They are a little industrial and a great unexpected touch.
10. Use sconces over windows. I love that they placed sconces in the mirrored transoms over the windows. All kitchens should have a mixture of task and ambient lighting.
And I can’t sign off without saying THANK YOU. What thoughtful, kind, compassionate and wise readers I have. All of your comments really warmed my heart and reminded me that I’m not alone in my feelings. It’s my goal to write a personal post every month. Perhaps not always as gut-wrenchingly personal as Friday’s post, but a bit more about Nay. So thanks again.