Finding unexpected pieces to accent your island or bar can give you a designer look without the pricetag, says designer Diane Foreman of Neil Kelly Company. The whimsical curved table leg supporting this island was just $80 online, but Foreman says it’s often mistaken for a custom piece.
“Lighting is so important,” says designer Diane Foreman of Neil Kelly Company. She mentions that undercabinet lighting, faucet lighting and other ambient lighting can boost the overall appearance of a space, like it does in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winner. “I use lighting to my advantage in any space to create drama,” she says. The pendants and undercabinet lighting were from Tech Lighting. These pendants were about $300, but beehive-shaped pendants for task lighting above a bar can be found for about $100 from online and home improvement retailers.
Look for unused or unnoticed spaces to create storage for a kitchen design that combines style with function. Designer Diane Foreman, of Neil Kelly Company used a pullout spice rack to optimize space in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competiton winning kitchen. The pull-out rack is not only conveniently placed next to the cooktop, but the narrow cabinet and hardware provide a touch of modern color and flair. For more inspiration, look at HGTV’s 20 Smart Kitchen Storage Ideas.
Consider using stainless steel subway tiles in place of large sheets of steel for a cost-effective modern look. Designer Diane Foreman, of Neil Kelly Company wanted to carry the stainless steel she had used in the backsplash and sink of this kitchen to the bar area, but a curved sheet of stainless steel of that size would have been cost prohibitive in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winner. Instead, she saved money and created a sleek look using stainless steel subway tiles in a vertical pattern.
A new backsplash is a wonderful weekend project, and doesn’t have to break the bank. Using mesh-mounted tiles, sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s, makes installing a backsplash a significantly easier project. This kitchen was designed by Diane Foreman of Neil Kelly Company and was a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winner.
Add pullout appliance storage to free up counter surface and maximize cabinet storage space. Diane Foreman of Neil Kelly Co. designed this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition winner. A layered caddy like this one adds a lot of utility, but even a simple pullout drawer can help makeover your space.
Use a high gloss paint in a color that matches your other decor on some of your cabinets to give your kitchen a luxury lacquer look. Use the same hardware throughout the kitchen to maintain a cohesive look, as designer Diane Foreman did in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition winner.
Use recurring patterns and materials for a cohesive style throughout the kitchen. Designer Diane Foreman, of Neil Kelly Company used a mix of stainless steel and colored tiles for the backsplash of this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winning kitchen. The tile echoes the stainless steel in the sink and cooktop, and Foreman repeated a circular pattern throughout the room, a technique she says adds professional flair to the space.