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Montage: 40 Kitchens in Every Color of the Rainbow

I’m down in Florida last week, and although the condo still needs work, I haven’t quite motivated to do anything. I had the pink tiles and tub in the master bath reglazed, but that’s about it. Mostly I’m waiting for the contractor to say he can start. We’re not doing a lot—the main objective is to put down a new floor, tear off the wallpaper, and repaint. Those are the must-do projects.


Kitchen Before Blue Backsplash

The kitchen is fine, once we get the nautical wallpaper down. (Big thanks to my husband who ordered the perfect white shade and installed it, replacing the painfully outdated navy Venetian blind.) The appliances are not fancy, but they work (though honestly, how does anyone live full time with a fridge with a top freezer?) The countertops are white tile, and there’s a miniature backsplash of varying shades of blue tile. Not ideal, since they’re cobalt rather than Tiffany blue, but we’ll make it work. Right now the cabinets are an ugly, very glossy,  bone color with even uglier round black knobs. Obviously the knobs are an easy fix. But what color to paint the cabinets. Probably just white, but it’s fun to imagine . . .

Turquoise Kitchen Island Floor

William Diamond and Anthony Baratta
Photographer Tria Giovan – House Beautiful

Turquoise Glass Backsplash White Cabinets

 Living Etc.

Turquoise Painted Kitchen Cabinets Tolix Chairs

Better Homes & Gardens

Blue Painted Butler's Pantry Kitchen

Miles ReddVeranda

Teal Blue Kitchen Walls Farm Sink

Photographer Miki Duisterhof


Photo by kitchen designer Susan Serra
at  IMM Cologne Living-Kitchen Fair

Gray Kitchen Cabinets Classic

Home of Jamie and Byron with Roux
Apartment Therapy San Francisco

J. Randall Powers Houston Interior Decorator Teal Kitcheb

J. Randall Powers Interior Decoration

Mint Green Kitchen Cabinets


Dusty Green Glass Front Kitchen Cabinets

Better Homes & Gardens

Emerald Green Kitchen Cppper Pendant Light

Photographer Pernilla Hed – Skona Hem 


Susanna Bilardo of Enoki


Skona Hem






Miles Redd – House Beautiful


Architect Bruce Bolander


Home of interior designer Estrella Salietti

18-color-kitchen-Dwell-single-speed design

Single Speed Design ArchitectureDwell


Gideon MendelsonHouse Beautiful

Chartreuse Green Classic Kitchen Cabinetry

House Beautiful

Yellow and White Kitchen Skylight


22-color-kitchen-photographer-Sean Fennessy

Photographer Sean Fennessy


Studio Guilherme Torres


Capri Suite Hotel in Anacapri, Italy
Zeta Studio Architects


via Apartment Therapy


Architectural Digest Spain




Studio Cerri




Mark English Architects

33-kitchen color storage

S+H Construction


Mae Brunken Designs


Photographer Karina Tengberg


Desire to Inspire


Burr and McCallum Architects


House Beautiful


Elle Decor


Agnes Catherine Baumiller Kossowska – Photographer Rafal Lipski


Stylist Lo Bjuruif  – Photographer Magnus Anesund


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Montage: 32 Kitchen Island Pendants

It seems like everyone I know is doing a renovation. Since I’m helping a friend decorate her new apartment in New York anyway, at least one other friend is benefitting from my newfound knowledge. Melissa, who actually lives in the house my husband and I gutted in Chevy Chase (she and her husband bought it when we moved to Boston), has recently purchased a new (larger!) abode. This week is her family’s yearly Cape visit. We spent yesterday morning perusing images of kitchens, trying to decide what kind of kitchen island pendants she should hang, what size they should be, and how far apart they should be spaced.

Three is a good number for kitchen island pendants (odds are always better than evens). The first and last should hang 18-inches from either end of the island. Split the difference in the middle for the third. As for diameter, we laid out different size plates at each interval on my own island to get a sense of what felt right. Of course, it will also depend on the shape and material of the light. As for how hight off the island they should hang, we didn’t get there yet.

Jessica Helgerson

Powell Street Pendants by Tech Lighting

Photographer Lincoln Barbour

FC Studio

Architect Alwill Design

Photographer Jordi Canosa

Steven Gambrel

Steven Gambrel

Natural Home & Garden via Apartment Therapy

Amy Lau Design

Skona Hem

Jessica Helgerson

Light Locations

Light Locations

Sunset Magazine

Light Locations

Marie Claire Maison

Studio Ina Matt

Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects

Living Etc.

Maison Couturier Hotel 

Living Etc.

Coastal Living

Living Etc.

Dry Design Architecture

 Coastal Living

Mae Brunken Designs

Photographer Mark Williams

Sarah Delaney Design

Steven Gambrel

Photographer Patric Johansson


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