Bold needs bright.
About that strong wall color: “Is it for everybody? No. Does it require lots of natural light? Yes,” Paquette says. He balanced it with white countertops, cabinets, and shelves. The clean lines of the cabinetry also quiet the color, a trick inspired by the kitchens in midcentury issues of Sunset.
Create an eat-in lounge. “You wouldn’t necessarily have a giant sofa in the kitchen, but the double-width banquette still gives people a place to relax,” Paquette says. Plus, the softness of the fabric is a counterpoint to the hardness of the other materials in the room.