As big fans of the Barefoot Contessa's style, were thrilled to read Maxwell's design notes on Ina Garten and House Beautiful's 2009 Kitchen of the Year (on display now at Rockefeller Center). Although we love us some Ina, we can't quite justify the plane ticket required to see the exhibit in person. Instead, we've been poring over the many videos taken at the event which feature Ina's advice on decorating and designing a kitchen. We found her words on colors in the kitchen particularly interesting...She prefers spare use of color in the kitchen, instead letting the food, flowers, and company take center stage. While we've always admired her various pared-down kitchens featuring black, white and muted grays with fresh pops of green herbs here and there, we also love the look of a brightly colored kitchen (as seen here or here) too. Perhaps for filming a stark backdrop is preferred (hmm, someone might want to tell Sandra Lee), but for a regular home maybe it's not so important. In the end it's whatever works best for you and your space, but we wanted to gauge what you prefer for color palette in the kitchen - bright and colorful, subdued, or somewhere in between? See the full video of Ina talking about color here.
(Image: Simon Upton for House Beautiful)