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Complement the design. “This space was designed to allow for art, and we wanted something that was a singular piece, says Nadia N. Subaran of Aidan Design. “The palette for the home’s pool kitchen was inspired by the exterior stone, and we wanted the transition from outside to inside to be as seamless as possible.
When I saw the painting of this horse, I knew it was perfect. I loved the scale, texture, colors and also the fact that it’s unframed. It brings a simplicity to the piece that works with the kitchen’s modern and minimal details.”
Add interest and flexibility. “I find bringing in bright artwork is a simple and effective way to add interest to a neutral color scheme,” says Natalie Du Bois of Du Bois Design. “It affords a level of flexibility not possible with the other more permanent and fixed elements in a kitchen. A painting can quite easily be swapped out from time to time to give the kitchen a completely different look. I noticed this particular work elsewhere in the house and thought it would be a fantastic way to introduce some extra warmth and color to the kitchen.”
Juxtapose modern and traditional elements. “The kitchen in this house doubles as the dining room, so we made a deliberate attempt to downplay the kitchen aspects of the space,” explains Pi Smith of Smith & Vansant Architects. “There are no upper cabinets, lots of windows, and storage is handled with a built-in hutch that’s tucked away under the stairs.
The art reflects my client's diverse collection of works. I don't think she viewed the kitchen as needing to be handled in a special way. Rather she selected pieces she liked and wanted to live with that both fit the available space and added a rich, modern counterpoint to the charm and historical quality of the building. Her art and lighting selections, in particular, speak to the fact that this project is not locked in time, but very much a product of contemporary life.”