Lonny's Top Kitchen Pins: Mark D. Sikes

This relaxed Southern California kitchen—conceived by interior designer Mark D. Sikes for his Mediterranean-style home—is a superb example of a space that is not only clearly defined but also firmly linked to adjacent areas. Moreover, it deploys certain motifs that are also used elsewhere in the house, subtly creating a free-flowing, unified whole.

1. Shared materials and styles—the wood [CK] of its white rectilinear island and cabinetry, and the marble [CK] of its countertop surfaces—give the clean-lined kitchen coherence while setting it apart from the curvier shapes and softer materials of the furniture in the nearby sitting area. The pendant lamps above the island offer further delineation, contrasting in shape and scale with the smaller sconces that flank the sofa.

2. Linking elements connect the kitchen and sitting area: the traditional upholstered chair at one end of the island is similar in style to the furniture in the sitting area, and its butterscotch [OK?] hue plays off that of the leather ottoman and some of the throw pillows on the sofa. Another linkage: the trio of striped runners, two in the kitchen and one in the sitting area. (The runners also echo that butterscotch color).

3. Unifying motifs unobtrusively help tie things together. Groups of rectangular shapes—the glass panes of the upper-cabinet doors and casement windows, the open bookshelves—flow from one area to the next and are seen elsewhere the house, quietly adding to the home’s cohesiveness. These principles are easily grasped—and emulated. Using similar materials and profiles helps define a given area within a larger open-plan space; smaller pieces can link contrasting adjacent areas via shared color or style; and geometric shapes judiciously repeated at various points in a home reinforce the impression of harmony throughout.
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