This beautiful kitchen isn’t just all white, it’s totally “green,” as the hub of a LEED platinum-certified renovated home we featured in our new July issue. Since it’s a main space in this home, we knew we’d want a great shot. Here’s how we made this beautiful kitchen ready for it’s close up:
1. Lighting: Yes, that “before” shot is my basic “walk in and snap a photo” style, so ignore the bad overall lighting. But do notice how the undercabinet lights add a warm glow.Â You’ll notice in photographer Nancy Nolan’s gorgeous “after” that we’ve turned off the overhead and undercabinet lights so the room has a consistent, sheer white tone.
2. Select an accent color: To keep the focus on the pretty kitchen, we didn’t want to add a lot of elements that would draw your eye to the counter and away from the overall space. Yet counters that are totally empty can look too austere (and unnatural!). So, we opted for subtle yellows in cupcakes and lemons, and a mix of yellows and other bright shades in candy jars.
3. Add flowers: Oh yes, a bit of something pretty and fresh is always welcome. I think of flowers in a room similar to adding jewelry to a dress…a beautiful touch when you can add it.
4. Edit the seating: For a family of four, obviously four barstools are a necessity. For photo purposes, three fit nicely.
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