Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dissecting the Details: Sarah Richardson Kitchens

Hello LDV readers! Nancy here, with a 'Dissecting the Details' post for you today. I think we'd all agree that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and as the weather gets a little cooler outside we tend to draw our attention to these spaces that we start to spend more time in! Toronto-based designer Sarah Richardson has designed so many fabulous kitchens in her career, and we can draw a few key elements that she tends to use in her work. Here are 4 kitchen must-haves according to Sarah:

Sarah tends to stick to neutral colors overall, and the effect is soothing & sophisticated. Even if she does inject a dash of color, she'll tend to just add it in the kitchen island or the fabrics, and keep the main elements shades of putty and grey.

What Sarah loves to do is install 'big box' store-bought cabinets (a particular favorite of hers is IKEA), and give them a custom look by adding trim and mouldings. I think this is a genius idea for those on a budget! She even creates the 'to the ceiling' look by stacking 2 cabinets on top of each other, another great trick.

We all know Ms. Richardson is the queen of fabrics, and I love how she brings pattern through upholstery, curtains, and wallpaper into the kitchen. It adds so much softness to a generally hard utilitarian room.

Whether it be a wood-beam island, giant slabs of natural stone, or rustic accessories, you'll always find a nod to nature somewhere in Sarah's kitchen designs. And there you have it! 4 key details in each of her drool-worthy kitchen spaces.


Bev said...

Absolutely love your kitchen ideas!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Sarah works magic on kitchens (and everything else). Great roundup!

Anonymous said...

blech. Sarah is truly overrated, a one trick pony who does nothing more than slap some paint on junk shop finds and add some razzamataz upholstery on top. Tommy, now he is a star. In the just world, it'd be his show.

Sarah @ 702 Park Project said...

I can't get enough of Sarah Richardson! I used to watch Sarah's House constantly. She can stick to the same themes, and still pull out a completely original and unique space. Love it!

Arpi Nalbandian said...

Love the use of white subway tiles in her kitchen designs!

Simply Modern Home said...

She's a genius. Plain and simple. Love everything she does. That blue and brass kitchen is insane!