I was flipping through the May issue of Veranda magazine when I came across a kitchen I thought was so pretty, I just had to share it with you!
Notice it’s pink beige (tan, latte) and blue, which is a good combination when you want to keep beige fresh.
The stone floors are not blotchy and very pale, and the perimeter countertops appear to be a perfect match. Notice they are solid — as it should be if you have pattern anywhere else in your hard finishes. You could almost say the floor and countertops are the colour of sand, and the island granite is the ocean. It’s Azul Bahia granite.
Love the green chandelier! To my eye, however, it would have been even more perfect if it was the same blue as the island.
So here’s the lesson of the day: if you are going to choose something exotic for your island, keep the rest of the kitchen quiet so that your island can remain the focal point.
This means choosing primarily solid finishes, including light painted cabinets.
And, notice that beige works with white as long as it’s pale. Your kitchen does not have to be gray to be on trend.
When you are searching for inspiration for your renovation, you’ll notice that the spaces you love have one element that is the most important. Everything else should take a backseat to your most important and ‘artsy’ looking piece, like a granite topped island.
I thought it would be valuable to show you how NOT to use this (OR ANY) granite the next time you have to make a decision.
In this 80s kitchen, the granite looks new, while the rest of the kitchen is dated:
Azul Bahia is one of the most expensive granites to use! Therefore, unless this is your forever house and you are clear you want this granite, DO NOT install it in a kitchen that looks like this (above). It is not a good choice for a house you plan to sell any time soon.
Below, we have pink beige tile, which works well with the blue granite. What stands out for me here are the white tub and sink. They don’t relate to anything else, not even the window trim:
Below is an example that breaks all my pattern mixing rules for hard finishes. My guess is that whoever had these samples before the installation was probably looking at the lightest floor/wall tile sample and a small sample of the blue.
Looks gorgeous. . . until it goes in. Mistakes like this happen, every. single. day.
In this kitchen, below, you might be thinking, This is a complimentary colour combination. What’s wrong with that?
To my eye, the granite is clean and fresh, while the cabinets are earthy.
Remember when I wrote the post Is your bathroom perfect, or perfectly nice? Well, the same principles apply here.
I searched in vain to find even one more image of a kitchen that had a gorgeous granite island, but in every image I found, there was something about it that made it not perfect, just perfectly nice.
So I decided to make this a post to show you how NOT to incorporate this blue granite. I want you to discover for yourself how to get it right, especially if you are just about to go out granite shopping!
I want you to love your house when you walk in the door!
Have a great weekend, my lovelies!! xoxo Maria
UPDATE TO THIS POST:
One of my lovely readers, Karen Ann Jenkins sent me this photoshopped image of kitchen we are talking about with a green island instead. It looks great with the coordinating chandelier.
If you would like your home to fill you with happiness every time you walk in, contact us! We would love to help you choose colours, select the right combination of hard finishes or create a plan to pull your room together. You can find our fabulous e-design consultation packages here.