Cheryl Kees Clendenon’s Greenhouse Kitchen
July 17, 2017
Outdoor space plays an enormous role in your kitchen design. Why is marrying indoor and outdoor spaces important to you as a designer? And do you think it’s a trending element in kitchen design?
I live on the gulf coast, so the outdoors is just another room to me! In Florida, outdoor living is a way of life. My goal is to make the indoor/outdoor connection as seamless as possible. Whenever possible, I try to design a kitchen with outdoor access close by. The idea of indoor/outdoor spaces is certainly not new but as more people are cognizant of what they eat and the importance of a healthful lifestyle, I think we’ll see a shift in how we approach kitchen design by allocating space for small gardens. For smaller homes, outdoor spaces expand entertaining space. Who wants 20 people in a tiny kitchen? The outdoor area should be designed so guests can move freely from the inside out.
What are your design tips for homeowners who want to create indoor/outdoor flow if an outdoor space isn’t an option? (Color selection, material use, etc.)
Incorporate as much natural light as you can! Use colors that are softer and more naturally occurring, and bring in organic materials as well. In this kitchen I used natural woods, brick, metals like copper, and garden-inspired dining chairs from Sika and Charcoal Soapstone – a new color from Silestone that is reminiscent of real soapstone, minus the porosity and upkeep.
July 17, 2017 Categorised in: News