You guys, this kitchen by Bunker Workshop is like whoa. There are so many things to love here, but we've picked out just five of our favorite ideas for you to steal for your own kitchen.
1. Bringing in natural light can transform any space.
A lot of contemporary kitchens feel very dark, because many designers prioritize huge walls of cabinets over windows. Consider giving up a few cabinets and adding a wall of windows instead — you'll be amazed at the difference it makes in your space.
2. Look for ways to provide smart storage.
This kitchen (as you may have noticed) doesn't have any upper cabinets at all, but that doesn't mean there's nowhere to put things. A pot rail is a great way to add storage above waist height while still preserving an open feel. It's great for bulky items, and hanging things up is way easier than putting them away in cabinets. Another storage trick worth stealing: those deep drawers. The one with the pegs to hold differently-sized bowls is genius.
3. Paying attention to details really pays off.
My favorite thing about this kitchen might be the countertop. Not so much the countertop material itself, though, but more the way the designer used the material. Usually, with marble, we see countertops installed with the veining running lengthwise along the counter, but in this kitchen, the marble was installed in three big pieces, so that the veining on either side of the kitchen runs perpendicular to the length of the countertop. It's a little detail, but one that really stands out. Ditto for the waterfall-edge detail at the end of the built-in bar.
4. Pay less attention to trends and more attention to what you like — and what works for your space.
Last year we heard that farmhouse sinks were out, but trends can be fickle. I keep spotting these beauties in kitchens around the web, and as the space above proves, they can even work well in a modern kitchen. So use kitchen trends as a jumping-off point — and then figure out what you like and what works for your space.
5. Embrace your home's quirks, and don't be afraid to try something new.
The things that make this kitchen a little unusual — the exposed brick wall, that funny triangular alcove — are also the things that make it unique and beautiful. Smart design decisions, like the addition of shelves to the alcove and the choice of a subway tile that echoes the painted brick, celebrate these features rather than hiding them. The result is a space that has quirky features but still feels seamless — and a kitchen that will be a beautiful place to cook and entertain for years to come.
To see more photos of the kitchen (and before photos! and diagrams!), visit the website of the designer, Bunker Workshop.