Kitchen Designers Can Turn Seasonal Style into Profits,
Do your clients get depressed when summer fades, and heading off
for a day at the beach becomes a fantasy?
According to James W. Livingston, CKD and president of
Chicago-based Smartrooms, Inc., the answer is simple: Bring the
beach to your clients.
In fact, Livingston stresses that creating a summer home kitchen
design vibe regardless of the season is a prospect that could make
your design firm sizzle year round.
He explains: “A summer home kitchen design really evokes a
comfortable, casual aesthetic that’s soothing and relaxing for many
people. Done effectively, a summer-themed kitchen can make clients
feel like they’re on vacation even if the kitchen design isn’t
actually in their vacation home!”
Accomplishing this, however, first requires selecting the right
palette, he notes.
For example, Livingston points out that bright, airy, solid
colors can help create the proper summery aesthetic. Off whites,
pastels and lighter wood shades would also work well, he adds.
Cabinets can also sport darker wood finishes to create an
eye-catching contrast to lighter-painted walls, ceilings, trim,
doors and molding, he continues.
“It can [create a nice-looking design] to blend a mix of colors
in a summer-home kitchen design to create focal points and
variety,” he points out.
Livingston points to Brookhaven’s Country Estate Seaside Cottage
kitchen design as a good example of this type of seasonal
The design which features bright white doors, windows and
ceiling beams offers a rich complement to the dark-stained
cabinets, he points out. In addition, off-white painted stools and
a bench nook featuring a beadboard with coat pegs also add a
soothing tone and balance to the kitchen.
When planning for a summer kitchen theme, Livingston warns that
generous natural light is essential, which means designers need to
select extra and larger windows in the kitchen area, or consider
skylights for extra light.
Livingston also advises designers to consider selecting wood
flooring which is typically the flooring material of choice for a
summer home kitchen. “The hardwood flooring in your kitchen should
match and complement those other areas of the home,” he says. ” But
again, if you want to tap into that summery recreational look and
feel, you may want to install a more unique wood floor in the
kitchen by using a knotty pine or scraped walnut, for example.”
To complete the summer home aesthetic, Livingston suggests
topping off a kitchen with colorful décor and countertop
conversation pieces, such as wildflowers in a colored vase or a
small fishbowl filled with sand and attractive shells.
He also suggests carrying the design theme, colors and accents
into adjacent rooms and living areas for continuity.
“In a summer home, the kitchen is often open and adjoined to
recreational areas like the living room, so the theme can be
carried over into the neighboring rooms and spaces, too,”
He concludes: “The overall goal is to transform the kitchen into
more than a food preparation area. Rather, the goal is to make it a
fun meeting and gathering place one with a distinct character and
personality that emanates into the other areas of the home.”