Buffing, stippling, and scraping gave the cabinets a timeworn look. Designer David Kaihoi used purple on the walls of the dining area outside of the kitchen in his family's small New York apartment.The velvet-covered banquette serves as plush seating at the dining table, draped in purple burlap from Elegant Fabrics.Look for colorful options or Scott's favorite, a brushed nickel finish.But resist the temptation to get something too personal or cutesy.
You could even put corbels under the breakfast bar for added dimension and inexpensive customization.
The Kaihois' three-year-old daughter sits in the red Tripp Trapp high chair by Stokke.
Walls are Purple Haze by Benjamin Moore."I wanted this jolt of color to emphasize that the kitchen is the joyful heart of the house," says designer Christina Rottman.
Depending on your carpentry skills, this is either a do-it-yourself or hire-a-pro upgrade. HGTV fan veron makes every inch count with drawers concealed within the toekick of each cabinet base.
Either way, it's a high-impact update that will take your kitchen to a new level of sophistication. Although these drawers are shallow, they're a great spot for tucking away items you only occasionally need.