Blonde Wood Kitchen Design Blonde Wood Kitchen Design

This month, we've chosen to analyze the decor of a bright kitchen design that's all decked out in blonde wood.

Using the Sheffield Guidelines to Interior Design - function, mood, and harmony - let's look first at function of this kitchen.

This is a practical kitchen design, built for work without sacrificing style. It is based on the traditional triangle model for kitchen design, with the sink, stove, and fridge at the three points of the triangle. The double oven, separate from the stovetop, is conveniently nested beside the fridge.

Yes, that's a fridge to the right of the oven; it's cleverly disguised, however, with a wood panel that's been done in a wood that matches that of the cabinets and flooring. This kitchen is meant for doing the work of cooking, but it also is designed so that it functions as a dining space for three. The three people living in this home can have a meal together here while catching up on the day's events, without the fuss of moving from kitchen to formal dining room.

And yet, when a more formal dinner is called for, the kitchen design allows the cook to slide plates and platters through the pass-through over the sink, making serving and clean-up easy. The open wall to the dining and living areas also allows in more light, keeping the kitchen bright.

And the mood of this kitchen is decidedly bright and cheerful. The bright, blonde wood tones have plenty of yellow and gold in them, so the room doesn't appear overly dark. The stools lined up at the counter add a casual, inviting flair. The overall feeling of this kitchen design is one of welcoming, relaxed comfort; it's the kind of kitchen where friends and family feel comfortable.

The technique of covering the fridge in the same material as the cabinets makes a kitchen feel much homier, and allows the fridge to blend in with the rest of the room's decor, increasing the room's harmony.

In terms of the harmony of this kitchen design, it positively sings with harmony. The wood of the cabinets, floor, trim, and stools is all of the same tone, if not exactly the same species of wood. The countertop and backsplash are done in an off-white laminate that prevents the color of the wood from entirely taking over the room, and the dark placemats add another note of color.

Reprinted with permission from the Sheffield School of Interior Design.

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