A Tiny Home Kitchen by Kim Lewis
Case Studies, News, Top Life
September 12, 2016
Turn on your television to HGTV and you’ll probably run into a show featuring the “tiny home” trend. For her concept kitchen in Kohler Wisconsin, Kim Lewis showed how her Silestone Influencer Series color, Olivia, could make an impact in the context of a small space.
Read more to learn how Kim brought scale and color together to achieve big design results.
1. How does your vignette design represent your local market and your personal aesthetic?
Austin is a very health conscious city, with a true love for nature. It’s all about “Bringing the Outdoors In”. Nature influences my style as a designer because I recognize it as a universal language, full of unparalleled beauty. For this vignette, I designed a tiny house (or small space) kitchen, as I’m seeing more and more consumers voice interest in this “less is more” lifestyle.
2. How do your choices of Kohler products and Benjamin Moore colors complement Olivia?
“Olivia”, by Kim Lewis, is inspired by the beauty found in nature. For the paint colors, I selected subtle earth tones from the Benjamin Moore 2016 palette, including Morning Sky 2053-70, Kittery Point Green HC-119 and the color of the Year, Simply White OC-117. Kohler products selected are bold in finish, with strong sense of scale to contrast the overall soft, natural palette. The Kohler Whitehaven sink, with the “Hayridge” texture across the apron front serves as a piece of art in the small space. The Purist faucet in Matte Black offers contrast and balance against the earth tones. The clean, simple lines of the Purist collection almost feel like a natural waterfall in shape…it’s simple, modern and fits right in to the setting!
3. How does proportion (in fixtures, appliances, height of tables and countertops etc.) come into play when designing a tiny house?
Scale is EVERYTHING when designing a tiny house. Every inch literally matters. Appliances must be compact, yet functional. This lifestyle requires certain sacrifices; so elements like counter top space come at a premium. Multifunction is the key word.
In tiny spaces, I like to use color more for optical illusions. Paint the ceiling, for example, to push the height visually. Just because a space is smaller, does not mean you have to use color less. You just have to use it wisely. For this design, I used soft colors on the cabinets with large windows above, pulling the colors from the outdoors in.
4. What spurred the popularity of the tiny house movement?
Consumers are interested in living within their means, having freedom outside of the home, and improving the way our homes work for us. Statistics from the US Census Bureau show more people are working for themselves, so the need for home office or hobby space outside of the home has also peaked interest in the tiny home movement. Baby boomers are looking to downsize, while Millenials are looking for freedom on the open road to start new small businesses.
5. Nordic elements make their way into your design, can you tell us why you think Nordic/Scandinavian design is hot right now?
Midcentury furniture was designed to work for the space, while keeping lines clean, light and subtle. The frames and scale of Nordic furniture lends itself well to smaller spaces. I wanted the space to feel inviting, warm and organic, while appealing to a modern crowd.
6. What are some tips for choosing a sink and faucet that pair well together?
When selecting a sink, really imagine yourself standing at the sink…how will you be using this space? Do you entertain a lot, hand wash china or vegetables and flowers, or do you spend less time in the kitchen? If you get a large farmhouse sink, make sure the scale of the faucet stands proud, and reaches with a pull out function for full access inside the basin. I always say the faucet is the accessory in the kitchen…the jewelry, if you will!
7. Who do you imagine using this space?
Millenials, entrepreneurs and baby boomers all relate to this space. People that appreciate the outdoors, love natural light, shop at farmers markets, and appreciate organic textures and peaceful colors. This homeowner has an adventurous streak, and wants to explore the world outside of their home, while still having a space to bring guests over.
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