Kitchen updates

 I recently heard Matthew Quinn speak at the Mint Museum in Charlotte. He gave a few ideas on how to update a kitchen.

He suggested adding tile to the entire wall behind the range, not just a defined area.

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He often integrates small appliances (toasters, blenders) underneath cabinetry so that they remain hidden.


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He recommends the cabinetry sitting on the countertop and staying away from an “upper cabinet” look.


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Integrated appliances, clean line cabinetry and corner sinks are upcoming in kitchen design.

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He came up with the idea of the adding in a corner sink on an island.

I love the idea of being able to approach the sink from two sides or standing at the sink with someone else.


During the Q&A I asked him what he saw in the future for kitchen trends and he replied that kitchens would become more like rooms.

There will be a higher level of technology and integration between function and aesthetics.

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I’ll certainly continue to post as kitchens continue to evolve.

Find more ideas and beautiful photographs in his book, Quintessential Kitchens.

Photo Credits: Matthew Quinn

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Love the blue tile up the wall behind the stove. Wonderful ideas for beauty and utility!

[…] It’s a new decade and there is a new design direction for kitchens. In 2020, you’ll find that all-white kitchens are a thing of the past. Mixing materials and finishes is the next big trend. It creates a layered, more personal look. As Matthew Quinn, an infamous kitchen designer, correctly predicted, “kitchens will become more like rooms. There will be integration between function and aesthetics.” [Read more about Matthew Quinn’s perspective on kitchen design in this previous blog post.] […]

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