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It’s strange to think that by using reclaimed materials you can create totally modern kitchen decor. Move over Laura Ingalls, kitchen decor can be both modern and warm at the same time if you know how to combine rough-hewn wood with age and patina with crisp modern surfaces and lighting.
I think this room is stunning and simple to achieve. The room is essentially an unadorned white box with modern, square lines with interesting lighting. Wide-plank reclaimed wood clads the rectangular island in a horizontal direction that literally turns an old material on it’s side making it fresh and modern. The open shelving also uses reclaimed wood for a chunky yet still minimalist aesthetic. Functional kitchen bar stools in metal balances the natural materials while an old world dining room chandelier carries the metal theme through to the dining room.
Another way to modernize and balance the reclaimed materials is with what appears to be a concrete counter and geometric tiles up the back wall. Except for the simple run of under-counter cabinets and appliances there is very little additional expense.
The hot new look is to use old-world style lighting fixtures in contemporary rooms. That is done successfully here with bare bulbs over the shelves and turn-of-the-last century style metal shade pendants. Because they remain simple in form they “read” contemporary. The old school mini pendant light above is just the right amount of old! It references the past just enough to add charm to a modern kitchen.
This black Windsor chair is similar to the one above. The black matte finish looks great against a contemporary white wall and like the pendant above, allows you to reference the past while still keeping a safe distance from the wagon trains of ole and a jaunt through Donner Pass. I think reclaimed materials in modern kitchen decor is here to stay. The best of both worlds, simply put, is the best.
Image credits: The Zhush.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.
That kitchen is a dream come true! Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my chin... I love the clean lines and how the modern lives in harmony with the reclaimed.
I feel the same way, thanks!
The idea of combining modern and reclaimed is a little risky. But with a creative mind just like yours, you have put them up together nicely
It looks absolutely fabulous! The rustic island reminds me of an old bar where cigar smoke lingers in the air and the bartender slides whiskey across :)))))
I love your island! Can you give me instructions on how you made it please? It looks pretty straight forward and it's just gorgeous! Thanks!