It may be tempting when designing a kitchen to select the most fetching eye-candy materials, fixtures and furnishings you can find. But the problem with creating so many focal points is that the result can be a confusing and visually busy mishmash of items that battle one another to be the star of the space. And designing this way will put you on the fast track to maxing out your budget before you’ve even had a chance to finalize all of the selections.
A better way to go is to select one or two focal points and invest a decent chunk of your budget on those items. Then you can let the other elements support those choices, both visually and budget-wise. Here are a few creative ways you can create a strong focal point in your kitchen.
1. Bold backsplash. Sure, a backsplash serves an important function in your kitchen, protecting its walls from food and drink spatters, but it can also step up and be a strong decorative element. If you go for colorful tiles such as these, try adding small bits of their hues throughout the space, to tie the decor together.
2. Accent countertop. Gone are the days when we seemed to have an unwritten rule that you could use only one type of countertop material in a kitchen. Accent countertops are all the rage these days, especially for kitchen islands, so why not use them to create an interesting focal point in your kitchen?
4. Colorful appliances. Tired of stainless steel appliances yet? If so, you’re in luck, as appliances now come in a rainbow of vibrant hues. But unless you are going for a super-colorful and eclectic kitchen, think about keeping the remainder of the hues in the space neutral, as has been done in this beautiful kitchen.
5. Painted cabinets. Here, a mostly white kitchen gets a nice kick of color, and a great focal point, from leafy-green painted base cabinets. If you consider yourself handy, this can be a terrific DIY project. Or you can hire a pro to spray your cabinets in your favorite hue. The more vibrant you go with the color, however, the more you should support it with neutrals.