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How to Design a Kitchen-by Robyn Scott of Robyn Scott Interiors, Ltd. and Room Workshop

How to Design A Kitchen

Robyn Scott of Robyn Scott Interiors, Ltd.  and Room Workshop shares her top tips for designing a kitchen.

Step One: Use Contrast
Use dark cabinets with light countertops or dark floors with light cabinets to create effective contrast in your kitchen.

This is what we did recently when renovating a cabin in Lenado, CO.

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PHOTOGRAPHER – http://www.sethbecktonphoto.com

Step Two: Simplify
Simplify your choice of materials down to 3 if possible: cabinets, counter, backsplash. Then feel free to have some fun with hardware, lighting and plumbing.

When we remodeled this Starwood kitchen in Aspen, we kept it simple, and it paid off.

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PHOTOGRAPHER – JOHN HUFKER

Step Three: Keep it Cozy
Create a place to lounge when you have the space.

In this Starwood remodel, we made a nice breakfast nook.

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PHOTOGRAPHER – ALEX IRVIN, http://www.alexirvin.com

Step 4: Lighting
Create layers of lighting for a ambience. Put lights under cabinets, under floating shelves, or even hang pendants or a chandelier.

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PHOTOGRAPHER- RAUL GARCIA

LIGHTING DESIGNER-GREGG MACKELL OF 186 LIGHTING DESIGN GROUP

Step 5: Play with Scale
Whether it’s accessories like a large plant or an oversize pendant, you can make a room pretty interesting by playing with scale.

This kitchen in Snowmass Village was fun to play with. Check out the large stovetop hood.

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PHOTOGRAPHER- JASON JUNG

Bonus Tip: Soften Up
Adding small details like placing a runner in front of the sink can really tie everything together.

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