The Lakehouse That Wasn't
When you think of lakehouse, you probably imagine a house full of shiplap, knotted wood, and painted white floors. At HHM, we like to be different, and so do our clients (hooray for that!). For this lakehouse kitchen, our client wanted it to feel like an everyday kitchen not defined by lakehouse elements. Here are 3 things we did to make that happen...
1. KEEP IT CASUAL, BUT SOPHISTICATED
Painted cabinets and architectural features in eggshell or satin finishes provide a casual, but sophisticated appearance. Stay away from high gloss, lacquers and chalk paints.
2. TILE THAT GOES POP!
We could have easily chosen white subway tile with shiplap accent walls, but we decided to go with a bold blue and clean lines to create a fresh-modern look. The blue still signifies the water, but the shade of blue we chose made all the difference in helping it feel not-so-lakehouse-y.
3. AVOID BEING KITSCHY
Steer clear of novelty wall decor with sayings like “Keep Calm Carry On” or decor with coastal, adirondack, or hunting themes. Keep your decor simple, and timeless. We added small terracotta pots with herbs and bowls with fruits. Natural color and an abundance of fresh fruits makes any kitchen feel at home, even if it's on the water.