In our last “A Reader Asks #9“, I showed this photo and asked you to list what was wrong:
Here’s a quick breakdown:
It’s all about scale…and this kitchen doesn’t have it
When every material has proportions that are in line with the other materials, the result is a pleasing composition. When one or more of the items is too big or too small, the room feels out of balance. As I like to say, you should walk into a kitchen and say, “Wow! What a great kitchen!” Not “Oh.” “Wow.” Or, as I said earlier, “Holy stacking crown mold, Batman!”
Bigger than life crown molding
No no no. Crown molding should never overwhelm the entire room. If the ceilings are high and the cabinets only go so far, then one needs to consider:
- making the cabinets taller and the crown smaller
- a small stepped soffit
- crown molding scaled to the items, not used simply as a filler. (Also, that is one insanely expensive filler there.)
Smaller than life island
What, they couldn’t afford any more paneling? Never let the desire for extra seating overwhelm the balance and scale of the island: this is the result. There are some ways to design an island as a table that work much better. I have a group of island seating designs on my Pinterest page here. Some of the curved islands might have fit better than here and I selected some photos to show other options for both islands and high ceiling moldings.
Are the island pendants meant to be a feature…or not?
3 pendants in a row look great over a rectangular island. With the counter’s curves and details, they don’t look like they fit. One of the ways we can err with pendants is by failing to see what color the shades turn when the light is both on and off. Perhaps we can give them benefit of the doubt and assume some color changes and the bulbs…or not. Either way, it almost looks like someone was trying to match the hood. It impossible when the materials (glass and copper) are so different.
We don’t know where the refrigerator is but I’m assuming it’s to the left of the windows. The rest of the layout is fine. The hood is pretty. Fix those three elements and that room becomes a new kitchen.
Thanks for playing!