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The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of every home and it is the engine that keeps the home running smoothly. In the contemporary home, the kitchen is much more than the heart of it all as open plan living spaces have turned it into a social zone that does it all. There are times when the kitchen acts as an interface between the living space and the rear yard. Then there are occasions when it combines the dining area with the home office next to it. And picking the right color scheme for the kitchen becomes absolutely essential.
Lighting fixture adds metallic charm to the small kitchen in blue and white
White is a color that is an automatic choice in the modern kitchen. It also makes sense to use a white backdrop in the kitchen where it sits close to the living area and feels like an extension of it. This is why we bring to you the best kitchen color combinations using white – from sophisticated gray thrown into mix to brick walls and a whole lot of wood. Each of the kitchen color palette is trendy, stylish and works with a variety of styles. Delve in and discover the 45 best inspirations as you plan for your smart kitchen makeover –
Classy Wood Coupled with White
If there is just one kitchen color palette that we were allowed to share with our readers as the best of 2019, then we would undoubtedly go with white and wood as our choice. Yes, there are many other options that run it close. But nothing matches the popularity and universal acceptance that this combination has garnered in the last 12 months. White keeps things modern, tidy and flexible while wood adds warmth, elegance and at times timeless appeal to the kitchen space. Best part of it all is how you can add color to this kitchen in tiny parts without altering the overall style.
Giving the old kitchen a new lease of life with wood and white color scheme [From: Hello Kitchen]Gorgeous farmhouse style kitchen in wood and white with bar stools that match the settingKitchen here feels like an extension of the living area in white and woodMetallics and bar stools alter the appeal of the wood and white kitchenReclaimed wood wall is the showstopper in this kitchenWeathered wooden finishes have a charm of their own in the white kitchenWooden cabinets add warmth and charm to the kitchen in white with wooden floorA bit of brick adds something different to the wood and white farmhouse style kitchenContemporary wood and white kitchen keeps things simpleFunctional kitchen in white with wooden warmth thrown into the mixSophistication of Gray and White Kitchens
From wood and white, we move in an entirely different direction with the gray and white color duo. This is a color scheme that has been on top of the trends chart for a while now and is managing to stay relevant even as we inch towards the second decade of this century. Gray, unlike wood, adds an air of urban sophistication to it all. Here white can be used to provide the warm, cozy touch as different shades of gray allow you to shift between styles and themes. Using gray for the kitchen cabinets and island while keeping the backdrop white is the simplest and most popular choice.
Contemporary, sophisticated and infused with an inimitable African spirit, Project La Belle Vue in Cape Town is one that creates a relaxing sanctuary amidst constant urban rush. This Cape Town home was extensively redone by Bomax Architects while OKHA stepped in to add stunning décor pieces that make a huge difference to the overall ambiance. Even from the entrance you can see that this is a house that offers much more than just the amazing ocean and mountain views that leave you spellbound. The custom door that welcomes guests was inspired by traditional African motifs and showcases African Modernism at its innovative best.
Exquisite living area with ocean views
But that is not where pleasant surprises end as the living room incorporates a large boulder on the site and does so despite its otherwise minimal, urbane style. It all feels so very natural and yet the eye-catching addition makes a big impact indeed. Kitchen on an elevated platform in the corner also allows you to take in the views while the living area. An expansive deck outside offers unabated views of the ocean and the mountains along with the bustling city itself. Bespoke chairs, smart tables and contemporary vases add glitter with ample functionality at every turn.
Stunning door design feels like an impressive work of art that welcomes you at the houseAwesome door reimagines traditional African elements to create a spectacular entrySide table next to the staircase has multiple storage and display optionsSliding glass doors also reflect the lovely mountains and ocean on viewTraditional African design finds new expression in the minimal backdropGlass creates a seamless outdoor-indoor interplay in the houseDecor inside the Cape Town house has a modern minimal appeal to itBoulder becomes a part of the modern minimal interiorGray and white contemporary kitchen with a view of the outdoorsKitchen on an elevated level gives the interior more curated lookLovely use of vases to decorate the fireplace mantelLow console and bespoke drinks cabinet designed by OKHA for the interiorMinimal living room in white with a giant boulder that is a part of the interior
It is the ground floor that holds the formal lounge along with the kitchen and dining spaces while the top level contains the master suite and other private areas. The neutral color scheme finds beauty in its amazing use of textures, art work and all the natural elements of the home. A breathtakingly gorgeous home in Cape Town! [Photography: Mickey Hoyle, Karl Rogers]
A smart blend of the vernacular and the modern, the Dark and Tan House in Rogersville, Tennessee is one that feels unique in more ways than one. Designed by Dake Wells Architecture, the exterior of the house is draped in cedar panels of different finishes. The vertical cedar panels on the front feel rugged and almost rustic despite their dark gray finish. Those used on the inside for the courtyard are horizontal in their placement and have a more polished, contemporary appeal. Even on the inside, this contrast is found in a different expression as the gable roof meets neutral, modern color palette and dashing décor.
Gorgeous contemporary interior of the house with a gabled roof
The house has four different gabled structures and within their confines is the protected courtyard and pool zone that provides the perfect outdoor escape. Privacy along with a sense of openness is what you find here as the house offers natural protection. Connection between the exterior and the interior is seamless and an open plan living area adds to the sense of spaciousness. Task lighting fixtures along with recessed lights make an even bigger impact and enhance the ambiance further without seeming out of place.
Combining roof shingles and cedar to create a gorgeous facadeContemporary kitchen on the suburban home in white with a spacious islandDifferent shades of cedar wood shape the exterior of the houseGable roof gives the interior a spacious appealGabled roof form take you back to vernacular style of the regionModern classic house in Rogersville clad in different types of cedarCentral courtyard is protected naturally by the different gabled structuresCentral pool are and courtyard that the family can enjoy
This is a residence that does all it can to combine the rustic past the neighborhood with its growing modern ambition and practical luxury. A bridge between styles and eras is what you find here and it is a blend that you cannot help but fall in love with. [Photography: Architectural Imageworks]
When it comes to makeovers for aging, classic homes, it is always the rear extension that comes to your rescue and does so without altering the street façade one bit. This is an important aspect of overall design in localities where conservation rules demand that the street façade be left unaltered. This is just what you get with the box-styled rear wooden extension of this old brick house in Sydney. The Bronte House revamped and extended into the yard by Archer Office turns to a smart upper level extension that feels like a cozy wooden enclosure. Below it lies the living area, kitchen and dining on the lower level.
Contemporary rear extension to brick house in Sydney
The idea behind the extension is not too different from the many other new-age projects that attempt to revitalize aging residences. The older section of the house has been given a general facelift on the inside with the newer part providing the spacious social zones and a kitchen that acts as a transition area between the outdoors and the interior. Sliding glass doors add to this cool interface between the two worlds even as brick wall sections remind the homeowners of the house’s rich past.
Sliding glass doors coupled with woodsy fence outside create ample privacyView of the new addition from the brick section of the old houseWooden box-style upper level extension to classic brick home in SydneyInnovative upper level wooden balcony offers the right amount of privacyLarge garden gives the homeowners a relaxing backyard escapeNew kitchen and living area become a part of the outdoor environment
Wood takes over on the upper level as well and a staircase with skylight connects the two levels even while illuminating the lower level with ease. The protected balcony next to the bathroom adds a final touch of modernity with its geometric style as the carved fence makes it a special, private zone that the family can enjoy. [Photography: Peter Bennetts]
Giving the old home a new lease of life or a smart extension is one thing. But turning a neglected and dilapidated house from early 19th century into a gorgeous modern home is an entirely different matter. That is exactly what Charlton Brown managed to accomplish with plenty of eclectic panache as they transformed this forgotten home. The new interior of the project dubbed Pilgrim’s Progress is anything but mundane as brilliant colors, amazing patterns and cleverly induced textural contrasts greet you at every turn. It is a showstopper in every sense of the way with eclectic collection of décor and design choices leaving you spellbound!
Light-filled modern kitchen and dining space is the heart of the new home
When it comes to structural part of the transformation, the skeletal part of the house was kept intact and a new rear addition was created to give it modern functionality. The lower level contains an open living are at the front with the spacious and light-filled kitchen and dining becoming the heart of the new setting. Bright pops of blue, pink, red and green are found all around with the client’s own eclectic mix of décor and art work collected over the years adding to the charming theme.
Glass roof section bings ample light into the new dining room and kitchen with eclectic charmPop of pink brought into the living space using the comfy armchairWooden charm, eclectic beauty and a pop of orange shape this lower level living spaceBlack walls and a spacious bookshelf give the room a classic eclectic vibeCreate the perfect eclectic reading nook with a cozy chair and a lovely bookshelf
When it comes to the classic front brick façade, the changes were far more minimal and you can see that the house tries to find a delicate balance between its past and present. Wooden ceiling beams, brick walls on the bedroom level and glass partitions with dark, black frames ensure that this is a home that welcomes you with ‘something different’ at every turn.
Lovely blue backdrop, multi-colored lighting and wooden ceiling for the eclectic dining spaceGorgeous use of multi-colored glass pendants to illuminate the eclectic dining spaceBright and brilliant lighting for the modern eclectic dining roomFabulous eclectic bathroom with wooden floor and white bathtub
Summer might have arrived some time back, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy the good sunny days before darker days of winter set in. It is also a great time to try out new color schemes and themes in different rooms of the house. You can obviously start from the kitchen and the living room before moving on to the bedroom and other spaces like the dining area. But one room that is often ignored when it comes to makeovers is the bathroom. But this is one space that can instantly alter your lifestyle and quality of living even with a simple change in the color palette. That is exactly what we delve into today!
The best bathroom color schemes are ones that combine a sense of relaxation with style and do so without ever seeming to try too hard. With summer and cozy fall months ahead, you can try out colors that bright, smart and give the bathroom a cheerful facelift. From amazing teal and ever-popular yellow to pastel greens and a whole lot more, this is a look at the best bathroom color trends of the season –
Relax with Teal’s Beachy Charm
When it comes to summer bathroom colors, it is often blue and white that comes to the fore as the most preferred color scheme. But this year, try out something much bolder and different by throwing teal into the mix. A color much brighter than turquoise and far more flexible in its use, teal in its many shades makes a big impact indeed. Be it as an accent hue that highlights the wall in the backdrop or be it in the form of tiles that shine brightly all year long, teal makes a style statement that you just cannot miss!
Shiny tiles in teal for the contemporary bathroom in white [From: Tommaso Giunchi]Striking and fun way to add teal using the bathroom vanity [From: Hakuna Haus]Try out different shades of green in the bathroom with white backdrop [From: Michael Lewis Architects]Custom teal vanity for the contemporary bathroom [From: Lavka-Design]Gorgeous use of darker tones of teal in the bathroomSunny Yellow Twist
From one amazing color like teal, we move on to another brilliant hue that is eternally popular in warmer months – yellow. In modern bathrooms painted in neutral hues, yellow even in moderation makes a big visual impact indeed. It can be used to paint the old vanity, giving it a new lease of life or can add charm to the shower area as you redo the tiles. No matter which path you choose, make sure that you repeat the color in two or more places for a curated look. Lighter shades of yellow along with textured walls can work well in traditional, Mediterranean and country style bathrooms.
Ingenious use of white and yellow using tile in the bathroom [From: Marsh & Parsons]Presence of yellow shower area brings brightness to this bathroomTextured walls in lighter shades of yellow are perfect for the Mediterranean style bathroom [From: Hawkins Interiors]Use of yellow in the chic country style bathroom [From: Fiona Campbell Design]Bright yellow accent wall for the contemporary bathroom in white [From: Flat for fox]Dark yellow for the vanity stands stunningly next to the light yellow backdropExquisite use of yellow in the modern white bathroomImpressive White and Wood Trend
We have harped on and on about how wood and white as a color scheme is dominating homes across the globe this year. With half of 2019 already behind us, this trend only seems to be growing stronger by the day! Wood and white bathrooms are going to be popular not just for the next few months but also well into next year as well. This is a color scheme that lets you try other seasonal accent colors with ease. A perfect bathroom palette that combines spa-inspired look with warmth of wood at its refreshing best.
To say that this apartment in Clifton 301 is anything but sensational would be an understatement indeed! Designed by OKHA on the inside and nestled in a gorgeous contemporary building created by SAOTA, this amazing apartment overlooks Cape Atlantic Ocean and does so while draping its residents in complete opulence. With the iconic image of Table Mountains on one side and the Twelve Apostles on the other and the ocean just a stone’s throw away, this is an apartment where the scenery outside leaves you absolutely spellbound. On the inside things are no different as OKHA combine a sense of opulence and urban sophistication with the best of Cape Town.
Luxurious living area of the Clifton 301 apartment
You can see a brilliant blend of natural granite, dappled woods, glass and steel inside the apartment – elements that perfectly epitomize the natural beauty and modern refinement of Cape Town. A neutral color palette is accentuated by the remarkable textural contrast that these granite, steel, wood and natural finishes bring. With the living area, kitchen and dining space playing second fiddle to the colors of sunrise, sunset and the ocean outside, the balance of elements along with comfy custom décor is truly remarkable.
An inviting, engaging and outstanding contemporary apartment where luxury and nature find space next to one another. [Photography: Niel Vosloo / Peter Bruyns / Adam Letch / Melissa de Freitas]
Open plan living area, kitchen and dining space of the polished apartment in Cape TownPort Mirror and Tofu dining chairs add class to the interiorSliding glass doors delineate the dining space from the balconySpectacular view of the ocean beyond from the dining room and the balconyArtists armchair coupled with custom granite top side table in the living roomBespoke bench bed designed for the posh bedroom with ocean viewsCustom tables in black granite along with comfy chairs for the amazing balcony with ocean views
Our first objective was to individualize the space by modulating the internal color palette. The palette is intentionally and carefully controlled and restrained to embrace the ever-changing colors of the sunrise and sunset, which are the real centerpiece and art show. The panoramic exterior allows you to feel as though you are hovering right above the water’s surface.
Exquisite use of vases to create a display that is modern and attractiveFinding space for the perfect modern nightstandGorgeous and ergonomic home office with custom decorView of the entrance of the polished apartment with ocean viewsAmazing view of the Atlantic Ocean from the contemporary apartment building in Cape TownClifton Terraces 301 designed by SAOTA overlook stunning Cape Atlantic Ocean
Sustainable design is not always about over-the-top green solutions and cutting-edge technology. An impressive, eco-friendly home can be created using smart passive heating and cooling techniques, solar power and a lovely green garden with ease. This is just what you get with the gorgeous RFC Residence in Sao Paulo as its lovely expanse fit in with the renowned Ibirapuera Park that is not too far away. Designed by Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados, the house has a street façade that offers complete privacy while a light steel frame gives the residence a modern and sleek appeal.
Brick wall adds unexpected textural contrast to the facade
As an added feature, the waterproof OSB panels on the roof add something different to the house even as sliding glass walls and brick wall sections usher in even more structural contrast. Crafted for a family of four, it is the kitchen that is the heart of the new house. It sits next to the dining area on the lower level of the rear building of the home. On the front half, there is another building with the living area on the lower floor and the kids’ bedrooms above. A smart courtyard with greenery, sauna and pool connect the two sections of the residence.
Dashing central courtyard and pool area of the RFC ResidenceFolding wooden doors allow the homeowners to shift between privacy and lovely viewsGorgeous green zone joins the two different units of the houseGorgeous modern kitchen in gray and woodKitchen and living area of the house almost feel like sheltered outdoor spacesPrivate street facade of the Sao Paulo Residence in wood and steelSauna next to the pool in the central courtyard
The upper level of the rear building holds the master suit and folding wooden doors and glass panels create a smart interplay between private and public zones. Solar panels, green roof features and energy-saving lighting and appliances complete a classy contemporary home full of relaxing outdoor zones that the entire family can enjoy. [Photography: Nelson Kon]
Sliding glass doors connect the open lower level with the central courtyardWooden shutter-style doors for the upper level bedroomsBalcony around the master bedroom overlooking the courtyardBrick, steel and glass contemporary home in Sao PauloContemporary Sustainable Residence near Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo
Beautiful and open to the world outside using large sliding glass doors and a series of glass windows, the Tree House in Palo Alto is a contemporary home that create a relaxing and rejuvenating living environment. Designed by Aidlin Darling Design, the house was created to ensure that the focus remains firmly on the lovely outdoors. Smart zinc panel on the outside shapes the exterior of the house and give sit a dark and dashing façade while lighter, neutral tones take over on the inside. It is the ground floor that house the open plan living area, dining room and kitchen while the upper floor holds the bedrooms, master bedroom and bathrooms.
Modern exterior clad in zinc frame in Palo Alto
The backyard of the house is filled with giant coastal live oaks and large redwood trees and the design of the house was planned to ensure that there was no damage done to them. This gives the house a unique layout and smart passive cooling techniques ensure that the homeowners are not dependent on artificial cooling devices. Each rooms flows effortless from one to the next and modern décor and smart lighting put the final touches on a residence that is inviting and natural in its appeal. [Photography: Adam Rouse]
Wooden modern staircase inside the Tree HouseContemporary pool area and modern landscape around the houseDark facade of the house clad in zinc frameEntry and living area of the Tree HouseLarge glass windows give the house a modern and bright appealOpen plan design of the Palo Alto house blurs traditional indoor-outdoor lines
Concrete floors, wood ceilings, and reflection from glass participate in a virtual fusion between the home’s interior and its landscape. A zinc metal canopy mediates the home’s relationship to its surroundings and serves to edit unwanted views of neighboring properties and affords mutual privacy.
Sliding glass doors connect the living area with the landscapeSmart and open living area of the Palo Alto HouseSpacious outdoor deck and covered sitting zone of the Tree House in CaliforniaGround floor plan of the Tree HouseUpper level floor plan of Tree House in California
With spring behind us firmly and the best of summer here, now is the time to bring back a bit of that freshness to our home with green goodness and fresh flowers. Not all of us are blessed to have an extensive garden. And this is exactly where a gorgeous little planter can come in handy. Instead of buying one off the shelf, a DIY flower box planter offers wider flexibility and is also cost-effective.
Beautiful and easy window box planter idea
Yes, they can give your window a fancy makeover. But you can take these planters beyond the window as well with ease. Smart, stylish and eco-friendly, this is a look at the 27 best DIY Flower Box Planters for windows and beyond –
DIY Flower Boxes for Windows
The flower box planters that you see below come with a hint of undeniable vintage charm and it is hard to miss their colorful presence even without all those flowers! The color you choose for these dashing DIY planters makes a big difference to the window scenery and the façade of the house itself. Make sure you get it right just like the design itself.
Colorful DIY flower box planters with a dash of vintage charm
The wood DIY window flower box is one that stands the test of time when it comes to aesthetics and the simple design below is a hit every single time. You can alter the strain of wood that you choose to give the rectangular box a different look very single time. Make sure that the box complements the dimensions of the window before you make a final decision to start the project.
Easy to make window box planters full of flowers
More modern, understated and classy, these chic and elegant DIY window flower boxes are draped in gray for good reason. Here, more than the box itself, it is the flowers and the greenery which it contains that end up stealing the spotlight. We also love the slight geometric touch that the design brings to the traditional window.
Elegant DIY window flower boxes
Slim and stoic, this modern DIY flower box planter for the window keeps things uncomplicated and smart. The design does away with unnecessary flourishes and you get a sturdy box that serves you well across seasons. If you want a window planter that fits in with a wide range of styles, then this is a great choice indeed. On the other end of the spectrum is the DIY planter with chevron pattern finish. Cozy, creative and one that draws attention with ease, this geo style planter is a modern hit!
Perfect DIY flower box planters for the classic home windowStriking chevron pattern DIY flower box planters grab attention easily
If you are looking for a truly vintage window planter that is small and space-savvy, then few come close to the awesome design below. There is a certain timeless appeal about the planter with the distressed finish it has and the pastel hue it exudes. A perfect DIY window planter if there ever was one!
Vintage DIY wooden flower box for the window
Moving to the more modern end of the spectrum once again, the flower box planter below is all about embracing black and doing it in a minimal fashion. This one looks best in contemporary homes with stylish modern windows. Flowers here bring color to an otherwise neutral setting and freshen up the façade.
Build your own cost-effective modern window planter
The wood pallet window flower box is one that takes it easy on the environment in more ways than one. It is also a project that is pretty easy to work with and takes no more than a weekend to complete. But those interested in going down the upcycling and ‘reuse’ path can give the upcycled drawers flower box planters a try. Both the projects are equally fun and will put something old and discarded to good use.
Charming DIY wooden flower box by the window is a showstopperMake your windows brighter with upcycled drawer DIY flower plantersCreative and Smart Designs
We love a bit of creativity with our box planter designs as well and a standalone addition like the Cascading pallet DIY flower planter is one that can be placed anywhere with ease. Be it next to the window, in the yard or maybe at the entry, this is a planter that works well no matter where it sits. You can add flowers both on the outside and from within!
Be it a small plant or just plenty of flowering delights, these gorgeous chevron pattern planter boxes are ones that feel exquisite and modern no matter how they are used. If you want to turn up the chic factor and add greater geometric contrast, then the DIY triangular planters are a great choice indeed. Once again, they can act as smart planters or even tiny flower boxes for your window depending on what works for you best.
Chevron pattern planter boxes add style and geo elegance to the interiorChic DIY triangular planters idea
How lovely does the DIY tiered planter below look? And even better part of this DIY is that it will cost no more than just $10 to make. Talk about saving cash and the planet at the same time and..