Today’s Monday Moodboard was created for a Washington, D.C. client who has more taste and interior design talent than she would ever give herself credit for. She has an eye for art, furniture, and accessories. So why am I here? Sometimes it takes a second (unbiased) pair of eyes to freshen up an area of the home. I was enlisted to help with some small changes to her kitchen that wouldn’t break the bank for her growing family:
-new window treatment
-new dining chairs
-new area rug
Here is a breakdown of existing items and proposed new additions:
- Existing gray-blue backsplash. It is a forgiving color that will blend well with the navy accents I have proposed.
- Existing maple cabinets. I like them because they balance out the cooler blue of the backsplash and the stainless steel appliances.
- Existing Kitchenaid mixer. It lives on the counter as a necessity, so I embraced this fun chartreuse color and used it as the main accent in the space, along with navy. The two play off each other nicely, offering a yin and yang effect: bright with subdued; electric with calming; bold with safe.
- Existing white round dining table, which fits well both in scheme (light, fresh) and space.
- Existing artwork in the foyer, which helped inspire the chartreuse and navy color scheme. These two colors are seen throughout the house, so it was important to repeat them in the kitchen to help the whole house flow.
- Proposed NEW chartreuse and white striped fabric, to be used for a new roman shade.The adjoining dining room has floral fabric on chair seats and geometric wallpaper, so the introduction of a stripe in the kitchen is the perfect addition to these other patterns. I have not found the exact fabric (the right shade of chartreuse can be tricky to find), but I know it needs to be a small scale, such as a ticking stripe. The window is small, so the repeat of a larger stripe would not work. A vertical stripe as opposed to a horizontal helps add an illusion of height.
- Proposed NEW area rug: Lulu & Georgia’s Palyn indoor/outdoor rug. I love this option because it not only has the right shade of chartreuse, but a couple of blue-grays, allowing for a cohesive feel without being overly “matchy.” Especially in a kitchen, where a plethora of colors can often overwhelm, it is important to repeat key colors in the decor to keep it clean. Even better, it is polypropylene, so spills can be blotted up with a dry cotton towel or mild soap. You can even take it outside and run a hose over it! I specified this same area rug in the navy and white for my husband’s D.C. apartment, and it proved to be both durable and attractive, at a bargain price. Even his guy friends dished out compliments, so the pattern has been male-approved!
- Proposed NEW breakfast chairs: Riviera Side Chair by Serena & Lily. You have seen these beauties before on a previous Friday Favorites post. I love them because the wood tone blends with the maple cabinetry, and the navy and white pattern ties in the tile and white dining table. They also add style without the expense of upholstered chairs. As if these selling points were not enough, they are comfortable, easily wipeable, and there are no sharp edges to injure little noggins!
- Inspiration for chartreuse accents and accessories. I love using natural fruits and vegetables for decorative accents in a kitchen. Lemons are a favorite, but here artichokes help tie in the yellow-green of the chartreuse. This is the OCD in me– by no means do you have to match your fruit to your decor– but it’s an added detail that really helps. A wooden bowl of artichokes (there are great faux options these days) will immediately make the kitchen look “photo-shoot” ready.
Organization & Storage
Kitchens can be difficult to keep neat and tidy because frankly, there is so much stuff. There are the cups, plates, silverware, and food itself, along with towels, dish racks, appliances, and utensils. Then there are the inevitable piles of mail that somehow always make it to the kitchen and never leave.
The key to keeping a kitchen clean and clutter-free is clever storage. Instead of a multitude of baskets and canisters, keep counters as clear as possible. Utilize drawers, cabinets, and pantries to keep the piles to a bare minimum. Keep it out of sight, and you’ll find that your kitchen will appear much more clean and calm.
The below image of the PERFECT PANTRY will probably make you want to throw all of your mangled cereal boxes out the window in a rage. This is a Pinterest lie. No one’s pantry looks like this. However, it does make the point that taking some time to organize pantries and/or cabinets keeps counter explosions at bay.
If you have a pantry door or one leading to a basement, mount file racks such as these on the back side. Your files, invitations, and calendars remain easily accessible but out of sight while the door is closed.
Another option, even for a narrow portion of counter, is stand-up file holders such as these below. For keys, post-its, and business cards, a decorative porcelain box or container doubles as storage and a pretty accessory. No need to go out and buy something new- you probably have something in your bedroom or living room that you can repurpose for kitchen storage. But for those wanting an excuse for some retail therapy, favorite sources for storage accessories are One Kings Lane, The Container Store, Jonathan Adler, and Target.
These quick, easy, affordable changes will give this kitchen the quick refresh it needs to be a cohesive, attractive, practical space for the whole family to enjoy.
I leave you with a few more favorite inspiration photos for this color scheme. It’s one that I don’t normally gravitate toward but have really grown to love after this project.
What do you love about your kitchen? I’d love to hear!
Happy cooking (and/or shopping!)