When you think about it, there isn't much wallspace in a kitchen full of cabinets. So if you want a colorful room, you'll have to look to the cabinets as the source. That's exactly what architect Mark Maresca did at the Helmers residence in Greenville, South Carolina.
Inspired by Color
Glenn and John Helmers didn't need persuading from Mark to paint their cabinets. Glenn has always been drawn to color, especially blues and aquas, but it was difficult to find the perfect hue for their kitchen. In the end they chose the shade from one of Glenn's favorite sweaters.
Touches of Black
A bold color such as aqua creates a strong visual impact. To avoid a busy look, Mark paired the strong hue with black accents, creating a crisp and clean contrast.
The floor's oversize checked print set on the diagonal anchors the room. In addition, it acts as an axis to help organize the space, balancing the large ebony-stained island and black granite countertops.
This stylish kitchen is also practical for a large family. The lower cabinets contain pull-out drawers that make items easily accessible for everyone.