Kitchens present unique decorating challenges
By: Roger King
You want the kitchen to coordinate with the rest of your rooms, but since it’s essentially a workspace, you’ve got some leeway here. If the kitchen is self contained, meaning that it’s not open to another room such as the family room, then it can comfortably depart from the main style of the house.
There’s nothing wrong with a relatively high-tech kitchen in a traditional-style home, as long as it doesn’t clash out right with the integrity of the house. Your accessories can also bring a taste of your main décor into the kitchen.
Cabinets are the dominant design element in the kitchen. If you’re not sure what you want, play it safe with a traditional raised-panel door. That type or door style can take on a variety of looks, from contemporary to country, depending on the surroundings.
If you want a colorful kitchen, approach it as you would any other room; get swatches and material samples from the manufactures. Some terrific spots to add decorative color in the kitchen are a tiled back splash or a ceramic tile floor, a solid-surfacing countertop inlaid with a stripe or custom pattern, or even a laminate floor that features a border.