// combining timelessness with style //
Designing a kitchen space that will withstand the test of time is tricky but can be achieved by understanding why many trends fall off the radar. According to the team at Harlan Jasper, “Certain styles fail to hold up because they don’t offer the functionality we crave in modern kitchens. Anything that’s too trendy is always going to be tied to an era — think of the ‘melamine everything’ trend of the 1970’s.”
It is also vital that a design feels grounded as well as stylish. Luckily, “Contemporary kitchen design is pivoting away from ubermodernity,” says the team at Harlan Jasper. “We are excited to see a surge of classical influences in color, pattern and texture — think chipped stones, white oaks, creamy Venetian plaster and Afghani rugs.”
If the search for design inspiration feels like stepping out of a comfort zone, start by switching up the classics in new and exciting ways. “Think whitewashed walnut, or a fresh and cheeky take on wallpaper,” says the team at Harlan Jasper.
Read about how Batya Stepelman, owner of WallTawk, creates inspired, ornate spaces with the simplicity of wallpaper.
Another method is to think of an adored piece of art or keepsake. “It’s much easier to take inspiration from pieces you’ll always have and cherish.” Besides finding inspiration in pieces and spaces you know, the team at Harlan Jasper also suggests looking beyond traditional kitchen spaces.
“From amazing color combinations at a spice market in Vietnam to the Japanese reception room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, travel is where we find most of our inspiration,” says Kelly Reed. “It’s important to be open to non-traditional inspiration, too — of course we love to look at beautifully designed interiors, but sometimes the most unexpected input can lead to the most interesting results.”
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