With kitchen and bath trends always changing, many of my clients ask, “If I install this, will my kitchen look out of style in five years?” I get this question most frequently when discussing hardware for their kitchen cabinets. Four years ago, I was using satin nickel or oil rubbed bronze in most of my kitchen remodels, two years ago clients were asking for polished nickel, now, gold and copper have hit the market and are becoming more and more popular. This being said, satin nickel, oil rubbed bronze, and polished nickel aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. A great solution to picking out a metal finish for your kitchen is, don’t. Instead of committing to just one finish, mix them!
A banquette built into the bar of our kitchen showroom in Lakewood to double as seating at our conference table.
When I think of banquettes, the word clever comes to mind because not only are they purposeful for sitting, they offer many other benefits as well. First, they make great use of space. When you don’t have a lot of room in your kitchen, banquettes are nice because you don’t have to allow for extra room that you need when using chairs that are going to be pulled out only to go back in.
Another great advantage is that you can often squeeze in an extra person with a banquette because you don’t need the side space required of chairs and, because there is no seam, people can sit continuously along the banquette without discomfort. If you have an extra child visiting for dinner, that can come in very handy.
The third, and perhaps, most compelling reason to make use of a banquette in your kitchen is that, if planned correctly, it can become a well-purposed piece of furniture. Some choose to build drawers and cabinets into their free-standing banquettes, but one of the most simple configurations is a storage bench where the top just simply lifts up to hold serving pieces, linens or even extra sets of silverware for entertaining.
This banquette just off the kitchen provides the right size “footprint” to maintain the walk-thru space to and from the outdoors.
Farm sinks, also called apron-front sinks, date back to the nineteenth century but are perfectly great in the modern kitchens of today. They are typically made of fireclay, which offers a smooth, non-porous surface that won’t rust or dis-color. They are about the size of a double sink, but without the divider, making them popular for cooks who use a lot of large pots. It is also a great solution for those who bake, like our client whose kitchen is featured here. She is a professional baker and this sink allows plenty of room for large baking sheets and bowls. With so many choices in sinks these days, make sure you look around before settling on the same old thing.
Below, a larger view of the kitchen shows how this farm sink fits in beautifully amongst the Tuscan-influenced kitchen
Farm sinks are not just for casual kitchens. Below, this simply styled sink looks beautiful in this elegant kitchen.