Decorating & Design

October 13, 2021

Patterned Tile And Punchy Colour Gives A Small Kitchen Big Personality

“Once upon a time, I lived in England and drooled over old country kitchens,” says designer Ami McKay, who took inspiration from her travels to design this 219-square- foot green kitchen for Tom and Luisa Chen and their two sons, Tomas, 7, and Marco, 5. The family had torn down and rebuilt their circa-1912 Vancouver character home, and a fresh design plan with a splash of color sounded appetizing.

The French bistro–style patterned backsplash tile was the jumping-off point for the saturated palette. “I’ve always really loved the color green,” says Luisa, who signed off on Sherwin-Williams’ Rosemary for the green kitchen cabinet color. To balance the bold choice, Ami added in plenty of white oak millwork. A stand-alone floor-to-ceiling cabinet stores chargers, stationery and keys while a curved vent hood with built-in shelving adds a dash of the unexpected. “I’ve only ever seen this abroad and I couldn’t wait to incorporate the feature into a Canadian kitchen,” says the designer.

Finally, simple pendants in an opal acrylic were added as a calm counterpoint to the look-at-me tile. “Ami was the perfect fit to design our dream kitchen,” says Tom. “She brought in design elements that were not only unique and beautiful but also very practical.”

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