Everyone’s talking about larger tile; that it trumps smaller tile in many respects (cleanliness & making a room look more spacious). Would you say that it always wins? In kitchens as well?
“I think that’s just a trend. It is true for the floor, but I don’t think that’s true for the backsplash.”
When you accept how crucial kitchen tile or statement piece choice can be, not only in determining the vibe in your kitchen but also in establishing a style that is true to you, it may be a daunting selection process to approach. However, a consultation with an interior designer or tiler can really help narrow down the options that are best for you.
This leads us to color — one of the best tools to help personalize any space.
Would you say there are any hard no’s for color choice in the kitchen?
“I know people that really love certain colors, and I do think people should be true to themselves with color. With color, the trick is how you use it. If someone were to come and tell me they wanted neon green walls, for example...your eyes are going to be fighting between it and the food and it’ll just stir you up. But if a client came to me and said they wanted it, I wouldn’t not do it. I think the proportion of using it [is what makes it work].
So, if you want a serene kitchen then you want deep tones. If [a client] says they want an orange kitchen, that would contrast beautifully with a white or light grey countertop. I wouldn’t choose orange myself for my kitchen, but I would set the tone for some neutrals in the room, to help calm your eye, and then add the color. Balance the colors. For example, all black can be concerning; it can be really dark. You would need to find the balance, like pulling some wood in to bring some light to the room.”
We can’t escape the trends; what is a new kitchen remodel trend you’re seeing?
“Something new we’re seeing people really ask for is a back kitchen. So you’ve got the main kitchen and some people call this a ‘pantry, but the pantry has got an oven in it … and maybe a second refrigerator in it ...and maybe a dishwasher in it. Some people call it the ‘messy kitchen area, where you can put your dirty dishes in it and still have your cleaner, prep area to share with everyone.”