White Brick MediterraneanMediterranean Kitchen, Portland
We chose a dynamic material palette of encaustic concrete tiles for the floor and locally hand-made ceramic tiles for the walls. Painted, rough-sawn beams create visual interest on the ceiling. The counters are solid, thick walnut slabs from locally felled trees.
Photo by Lincoln Barbour.
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7. Introduce bright, modern furniture. Whether you are building a new kitchen or just want to freshen up an older-style room, consider adding bright, modern furniture. Swapping out dark tables and chairs for lighter, brighter furniture can drastically change a space on a minimal budget. This kitchen includes two bright red chairs that don’t match any features in the room; they do, however, add a new, fun element that feels fresh and contemporary. The simple, clean lines of the chairs contrast the more traditional architecture. Exposed beams and a plaster-finish oven hood are also elements of Mediterranean style. In this case, both have been painted white for a clean, contemporary look.Find modern red chairsMoreKitchen Workbook: 8 Elements of a Mediterranean KitchenMediterranean Style in 11 Design Details
"Like most homes, it's where the family congregates. The kitchen is a dynamic place to be," says Helgerson. A built-in bench and a pair of stools let the entire family enjoy informal meals by the window. Wall paint: Mascarpone, Benjamin Moore