5 Easy Steps to a Kitchen Big on Style
Canadian design icon Brian Gluckstein shares transformative ideas for a more impactful kitchen.
I always think of the kitchen as the heart of the home. It’s a place to gather with friends and family over good food and enjoy each other’s company. Having a space that is functional and beautiful can be easily achieved whether you are planning a full-scale renovation or just a few updates. Here are my top five suggestions.
The kitchen is a work-focused room, so illuminating tasks is important to its function. For ambient lighting, stick to recessed fixtures, then make a statement with bold pendant fixtures over the island or table.
Add drama by contrasting colours within the same palette. Choose varying shades for the cabinets, countertops, island and backsplash to create a subtle sophistication. Anchor lighter cabinets with dark floors.
Classic profiles, like a recessed panel door, give the kitchen a timeless appeal. To add a bit of modernity, include a few cabinet doors with glass fronts or open shelving.
Match the counter with a solid slab backsplash for a clean and modern look, or choose handmade tiles — which come in appealing colours — for visual texture. Marble mosaics are still popular as they offer a variety of patterns for creating a graphic effect. For a striking look, consider tiling the range hood the same as the backsplash.
A beautifully set table is the perfect backdrop to entertain. Accent white dinnerware with coloured napkins and placemats for personality. Don’t forget about flatware and glasses — keep the profiles clean and classic for years of enjoyment.
— Brian Gluckstein
Brian is recognized as one of the top designers in the world by Andrew Martin’s Interior Design Journal and was voted Favourite Interior Designer by House & Home readers. Brian’s work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor and House Beautiful. His GlucksteinHome product collection, available at Hudson’s Bay, brings his elegant aesthetic to a wider public.
Photography: Interior image courtesy of GlucksteinHome. Brian’s image by Naomi Finlay.