I love being a mom, but I also love great design and understated elegance. I say "but" because kids and great design don't always go together--or do they?
I believe they do. I KNOW they do. Rest easy, you elegance-deprived moms. Grab a glass of wine and browse these easy-on-the-eyes kitchens that can withstand just about anything you kids can deliver (hmm, just like you!).
The Wild Woodland
This delightful galley kitchen uses nontraditional materials and light fixtures. No tile, no glass--only stained wood and painted walls. The wood counter top will get nicked and (potentially) stained with use, but it will only add to the rustic charm.
The wide plank floors and dark green walls keep the aesthetic down to earth and calming, while the white ceiling prevents the space from feeling stuffy or small.
And I LOVE the wooden backsplash behind the sink. It's darker stain sets it apart and contrasts nicely with the bits of marble counter top on either side of the sink.
Sleek and chic, this kitchen knows a thing or two about entertaining. With the peninsula-turned-dining-table (picking up with wood where the marble leaves off--heavenly!), you can feed the masses, cook, and chat at the same time.
Because, let's face it, you're doing this already.
The brown tones leave room for more earthy decor, white, or even a mix of pastels depending on your preference.
Black, White & Gold
The color scheme in this kitchen is to die for. The light wood countertop on the peninsular, the white farm sink, the gold faucet and light fixtures are set off by the stark, black cabinets.
The black cabinets boast glass insets that pair well with the vintage vibe of the flooring. The subway tile back splash reins in this space from having a full-out modern farmhouse feel while maintaining every last ounce of charm.
The Casual Tux
Clear pendant lighting, granite countertops, a wooden island with a black base, and a gorgeous subway tile backsplash make this kitchen so exquisite. With plenty of workspace and seating, this space is set up for family life and entertaining with ease.
I especially love the built-in mini office with glass inset cabinets. It's perfect for the mom who works and cooks simultaneously.
The aesthetic of this space is affectionately called "tuxedo" because it is white on the top (ceiling, walls, cabinets) and dark or black on the bottom (base cupboards, flooring). The end result is a kitchen that won't show stains where little hands might touch.
Are you ready to make your kitchen pretty and kid-proof? My name is Maria Kovach, and I'm an interior designer serving Sun Prairie, Madison (Wisconsin) and the surrounding areas.
Book your FREE consult with me today!