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Personality in your Kitchen

kitchen May 17, 2020

Add personality to your kitchen with these key design ingredients


The kitchen is the heart of the home, and over 70% of Canadian families spend the majority of their time while inside, in their kitchen. More and more people are opting out of having a formal dining room, and are enlarging their kitchen space. Whether by removing a wall between an existing dining room and the kitchen to make for one large space, or designing a new home with a large kitchen, eat-in island, an incorporated table and possible a banquette.

Meal prep, entertaining, homework, watching TV, sorting the mail and even growing fresh herbs are today’s most common kitchen activities. With a plethora of activity happening around the kitchen, it is essential to love your space and make it your own. I don’t always advise clients to go by the latest trends. If you’re planning on staying in your home long-term, do what’s right for you. If you love colour, then go for the bold. You need to love your kitchen, no one else.

Here are my top tips for infusing personality into the kitchen and making it function solely for you:


  1. Colour: What is your all-time favourite? Choose a colour that you know you love and wont tire of. Play with it by infusing the colour into the cabinetry, or a mural.
  2. Backsplash: Do you have a bold personality? Go with a bright colour and a herringbone pattern. If you prefer subtle tones, try a brick pattern in solid white or neutral tones.
  3. Appliances: Stainless steel stands the test of time and I recommend sticking with this classic. Appliance trends will come and go, with the current being black stainless. The issue with these trends can be that once these appliances are discontinued, you can no longer get parts or perhaps a new fridge door if you happen to dent it. I’ve seen this happen and sticking with stainless is my preference. Allow your personality to shine in other areas.
  4. Flooring: Play with pattern. Whether wood or tile flooring choose herringbone, chevron, or a diamond layout for more personality. If you’re going for a sleek contemporary look, choose a large-scale tile and a stacked pattern.
  5. Love fresh herbs? Grow your own in your kitchen with an Urban Cultivator, available at William Standen Co. The self-watering system is easy to use and does all of the hard work for you.
  6. Living Walls: If you prefer not have a built in, try installing angled pots on the wall grow fresh herbs all year round. Be sure to do your research as to avoid water leakage and mold! As a bonus the plants will help to keep your indoor air more clean.
  7. Faucets: When it comes to colour the faucet is a safe bet. If you tire of your faucet it is far easier to remove and replace than some other built in items in the kitchen. Go for a red, teal, gold or even purple faucet to add personality to the kitchen.
  8. Area rugs: These are not just for the family room. Add long and linear playful area rugs to the kitchen to add a pop of colour and texture to the space.
  9. Artwork: Don’t neglect the kitchen when it comes to artwork and sculpture. Use open shelves to display things that make you smile and hang art where you can. This will help to complete the space.
  10. Mixing metals. Don’t be afraid to mix cabinet hardware and metals. Silver and gold can be used together throughout the kitchen, and using different styles of hardware on cabinetry can balance a space.

Written by: Cassandra Nordell for the London Free Press

June 25, 2016



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