As the kitchen is the true hub of the home, its layout should be practical, functional and tailor-made to the family’s needs. This does not mean the beauty of the space should be overlooked, though. And when Birmingham’s best interior designers take over, these communal spaces quickly become the striking and visually appealing focal points of the interior. So, we’ve rounded up six very different kitchens that marry functionality and beauty to create a swoon-worthy space fit to be the most loved room in the home. Which will be your favorite? Let’s take a peek inside these six bold and beautiful Birmingham kitchens.
6 Distinctly Decadent Birmingham Kitchens
This kitchen, by Annie Bayer Goldberg and Ginny Monheit of AG Designs, is bright, bold and inviting. “We love the color most about this kitchen!” Annie tells us. We could not agree more — how amazing is that blue?! As the kitchen is the centerpiece for the main level of this home, Annie and Ginny felt the need to make a statement, and it definitely paid off.
The exterior of this particular home has a farmhouse style, and the clients wanted to keep that consistent even through interior renovations, so Annie and Ginny opted for a “farmhouse chic” aesthetic when planning fixtures, finishes and furnishings. The open shelving, style of the cabinetry and brass hardware all finished to perfection with the vibrant, high gloss paint color (Benjamin Moore’s “Summer Nights”) bring this room to life.
Light and Bright
Cantley & Company is known for their timeless, chic Southern style, and this kitchen does not fall short. Designer Cyndy Craig Cantley tells us that she “loves everything about this kitchen, especially the use of cabinetry on every wall to fit the client’s needs and work with the small scale.” She and her team were inspired by the home itself, specifically the space’s old bones. “I always try to stay in keeping with the age of the house, however never shying away from the luxuries of today’s lifestyle,” says Cyndy. This can be seen in the kitchen’s modern appliances, which act as the focal points of the space. The clean lines of the hood, classic French hardware and graceful curve to the backsplash are juxtaposed with the sleek appliances to help bring the home’s traditional design back into the space.
To add functionality to the kitchen, Cyndy included a 24-inch refrigerator, English farm sink with bridge faucet and separate freezer drawers, a platter rack and a small bar tucked behind the kitchen painted the color of old downpipes to give the nook a dark and moody feeling. “The style of the kitchen is very Cantley & Company,” explains Cyndy. “English inset door style and Kent moulding, always paired with simple hardware and marble countertops.”
Pretty in Pink
Vibrant colors, bold patterns and antique accents make Mimi and Laurent Gouon of Lolo French Antiques et More‘s personal kitchen by Barri Thompson of Barri Thompson Interiors stand out. Mimi tells us, “I love the pops of color in this kitchen, the view outside (especially at the kitchen sink) and, of course, the Queen of Spain wallpaper. It makes such a difference, and is the perfect backdrop for our art!” The space was inspired by family heirlooms and the couple’s buying trips to France along with books, antique art from Lolo French Antiques et More and plants from Shoppe Birmingham. Rather than sticking to one specific style, Mimi prefers to mix antiques with modern pieces. “We don’t want our homes, especially the kitchen, to be either formal or casual in design. We want it to feel ‘forsual’ so that we can entertain for formal affairs when necessary, yet enjoy the space daily without having to always worry about scuffs, scratches and stains. I love the red wine stains on our kitchen table. They are a reminder of all the memories made with friends and family.”
Barri Thompson of Barri Thompson Interiors describes the design of the kitchen as “a little bit country and little bit rock ‘n’ roll.” The kitchen is a playful mix of different styles and periods, and all of the furniture and most of the accessories are French antiques showcased by fun, colorful fabrics and an “undersized” tulu rug, which according to Mimi, adds that certain je ne sais quoi.
Is there anything more clean and classic than an all-white kitchen? This space by Jan Ware of Jan Ware Designs in the Troon Hamlet neighborhood at Shoal Creek had us at “hello.” Jan’s favorite accents include the custom hood and creative light fixtures, which add an elevated level of interest to the kitchen. We love the marble island and huge sink, which perfectly pair practicality with an aesthetically stunning design.
“My motivation was to create a clean, yet cottage feel that flowed well into the family room,” explains Jan. This can be seen through the kitchen’s open floor plan, the flood of natural light and the crisp white cabinets accented by a bold oven hood and statement-making light fixtures. Jan describes the style of this striking space as “simple, refined contemporary cottage.”
Small Space Made Spectacular
This kitchen is especially spectacular as the design makes the most out of a small space. The homeowner tells us that they love this kitchen from every viewpoint. Says the homeowner, “From the handmade cindered olive clé tile to the Whitehaus vintage sink, the old pantry doors from New Orleans and the old corbels I had that just so happened to fit perfectly between the open shelving, we love every square inch of this space!”
The range of the space acted as the center of the design. It has a vintage feel and the house is nearly 80 years old, so the homeowner ran with it. “When designing a kitchen in a small space, you have to be very intent with the layout to make sure it is functional,” explains the homeowner. “I wanted a warm and inviting space with modern amenities.” We personally cannot get enough of the brick detailing and those pantry doors! The kitchen has an old Italian flair. It’s warm and cozy, yet can function to feed a large crowd. The hardware from Avondale Specialty Hardware further accentuates the space’s beauty and practicality.
Warm and Inviting
Last, but definitely not least, comes this warm and inviting kitchen by Mary Lauda Corwin of Toulmin Cabinetry and Design. “We love the warmth that the brick floors bring to this space,” says Mary Lauda. “They are also extremely durable and practical because the homeowners have a large family and two Great Danes!”
Mary and the homeowner were inspired by the feel of a French Countryside home, but with modern updates. “All aspects of the design were informed by that theme, from the brick floors to the color scheme to the furnishing purchased by the homeowner,” says Mary. “Our goal was to create a streamlined space that still felt cozy and warm.” We are drawn to that gorgeous lighting fixture, which brings a touch of unique style to the space. Mary describes the kitchen as “transitional rustic,” as it’s clean, yet features touches of texture and character, which help to bring the space to life.
We hope you gleaned some kitchen design inspiration that will help you breathe new life into your kitchen!
Thank you to AG Designs, Lolo French Antiques, Barri Thompson Interiors, Toulmin Cabinetry and Design, Avondale Specialty Hardware, Cantley & Company and Shoal Creek for sharing these swoon-worthy spaces!
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