Recently, I've been helping fellow design blogger and antique lover, Jacqueline from Tokyo Jinja to come up with some ideas for the dated kitchen in her recently purchased stateside beach house she visits from Tokyo each summer.
Eventually it will be gutted, but in the meantime, the name of the game could be decorating to distract.
Here are a few plain or dated kitchens (some belonging to famous designers) that have been decorated to distract. Let's take a look.
|Sarah Tuttle's apartment kitchen. With all that saturated blue and the strategically placed moss ball, mirror, and blue china lamp, you practically don't notice the faux wood laminate counters and plain cabinets. |
my own. But with the zebra pattern hallway and shiny black cabinetry, the counter tops and standard issue stove are easy to miss.
Michael Penney's apartment kitchen. (Love him!) There is lots of brilliant decorating to distract here, from the wallpapered wall, to the light fixture, to doors taken off the upper cabinets, to the baskets above the counter tops. Even the dark trim on the window keeps your attention away from standard issue counter tops, appliances, and cabinets (which by the way were those 70s era wood trim cabinets before he painted them).
Again, old-school cabinets (notice the painted over hinges) and laminate counter tops with standard over-mount sink. But with all of the amazing decorating (picture frames and sconces) and styling (flowers, flowers, flowers), you'd never notice at all.
Hear that, Jacqueline? Just keep an abundance of flowers on your counter at all times. No one will ever notice the rest! ;)