If there’s one space in a home reveal I truly love seeing the most, it’s the kitchen. There is always something surprising about the finished design of a Ventura kitchen. In a sea of white subway tile and ready-made cabinetry, our kitchens exude coziness and character. They’re the highlight of our homes and the place where everyone wants to spend time together, so why not make them extraordinarily special? Read on to see some of our tried and true methods for turning spec home kitchens into gathering places chock full of charm.
As beloved as white subway tile is to each and every one of us, we like to amplify the look by trading it out for something a little unexpected. White subway looks amazing in a herringbone pattern, and it’s super easy to step up the one-of-a-kind factor by trading it in for lime-washed brick pavers. It’s got all the clean lines of subway tile + a little more textural warmth. Wood-look tile can be a gorgeous substitute for traditional subway too, and it vibes so well with many different styles.
We love some classic two-toned cabinetry, and you can take that look one step further with two-toned countertops! It can be hard to choose just one surface that will complete the look you’re wanting in a kitchen. Step a little outside the box and choose two! Pair darker quartz with light quartz, or wood with stone. The look is surprisingly subtle, yet can set your kitchen design apart from the rest like no other.
Speaking of mixing it up…really great old-world charm is easily achieved by pairing impactful textural elements together. Reclaimed woodwork, tumbled stone, marble mosaic, aged painted brick, antique tiles – they each are separately wonderful, and extra lovely together. Just make sure to choose textures that have similar or complementary color tones to ensure coherence! (That’s a lot easier said than done, amirite?)
My absolute favorite way to infuse character into a space is to fill it with unique or heirloom items. Furniture can do so much to boost the style and warmth of a room – why not “two birds/one stone” the whole thing and design kitchen storage that doubles as beautiful furniture? Already planning on a small set of isolated cabinets? With a few extra bits and baubles, normal cabinetry becomes a quaint kitchen hutch. If you’re not quite committed to the full hutch, upper cabinetry that sits on your countertops conveys a similar feel!
The great thing about kitchens is there are so many ways to fill them with the character unique to your home. This space is truly your oyster.