Nymbus Kitchen by Mark Williams
News, Top Life
July 18, 2016
Mark Williams joined the Trendspotters in Kohler Wisconsin where he brought his Influencer Series color, Nymbus, to life in an urban loft concept kitchen that combines a masculine edge with naturals and textures.
In the interview below, Mark shares his point of view on designing with a neutral palette, men in the kitchen, and the importance of contrast.
1. How does your vignette design represent your local market, and your personal aesthetic?
I really like workspaces like kitchens to be a little stripped down and clutter free, then I add back warmth with texture and color. This particular kitchen has a very “in the city” feel to it, which is a response to the fact that in my local market people are moving back in to urban neighborhoods in record numbers. People are rejecting the long commute in search of in-town communities where they can live, eat, shop, and play, all within walking distance. With that, it seems aesthetic desires are becoming less suburban and more metropolitan.
2. How do your choices of Kohler products and Benjamin Moore colors compliment Nymbus?
I think Nymbus is a very versatile color that can be utilized in contemporary, transitional, and traditional designs. It’s a warm kind of taupe/grey color with subtle white veining, so I selected Benjamin Moore’s Weimaraner for the walls and Simply White for the cabinets in the kitchen island. To add a little contrast and color to the mix, I added a splash of Benjamin Moore’s Luxe, which is a really unexpected smoky blue color, behind a textile block screen… Because of the versatile nature of Nymbus I was able to pair a beautiful modern bridge style faucet called Purist at the kitchen sink, with a more transitional pot filler called Hi-Rise.
3. There are many indications that men are spending more time in kitchen; do you see that influencing designs that are trending in the kitchen today? How has it influenced this kitchen design?
That is definitely true. With some of our private clients we now get a lot more input regarding the kitchen design from the men than we used to. This particular kitchen definitely has a masculine side to it. I think people tend to feel darker colors and strong wood grain are more masculine design elements, but we did try to soften that with the subtle curved shape of the backsplash behind the range and the textured subway tile on the back wall.
4. Your color palate in the space is mainly neutral. How did you go about breaking up the space to add visual interest?
In this particular design we did that with a lot of texture changes. The entire refrigeration/pantry wall is all beautiful wood grain cabinetry, even the faces of the refrigerator and freezer. For contrast, the island cabinetry is semi-gloss lacquer in Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Simply White. The slick Silestone finish on the countertops and backsplash is paired with a beautifully textured subway tile across the back wall that is almost the same color as the Nymbus backsplash and the smooth adjacent wall in Benjamin Moore Weimaraner, in eggshell finish.
5. What is your favorite detail in the space?
I love the delicate curve of the Silestone backsplash married with the heavy masculinity of the AGA range… But I also love the perforated textile block screen, I can’t pick just one detail!
6. Do you have a general design tip for homeowners?
Keep it simple… When kitchens are overdesigned they tend to be less functional, and a visually complicated kitchen can turn into a visual circus (not in a good way) once you add the layer of “the stuff of life” on top of it. Just imagine yourself cooking in the space once it’s complete, and place storage for the things you need in the place you feel you would most naturally reach for them.
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