Designer: Michelle Ruber, Encircle Design Build
Goal: A family of four moved into a house without any personality or character. The parents, who are active in the theater community, wanted to banish the kitchen’s bland palette and create a bright creative space that was welcoming and functional.
Inspiration: “How I approach projects always depends on the individual client,” designer Michelle Ruber notes. “I would say that these guys fell into the “adjective” category, which they gave me as ‘funky’, ‘fun,’ and ‘different.’”
Breakdown: I didn't want to tear down a new and good kitchen,” Ruber says. “So I suggested we do a resurfacing of some of the areas to save on costs and environmental impact. The cabinets were white and by painting them green that dramatically changed the look of the kitchen.” The green paint is Miller Paint 0794 The Goods—a shade that packs the punch of personality the homeowners were looking for. A Frigidaire Professional Series stove and dishwasher and a Fisher-Paykel fridge make the job of cooking for four easier. Pendants over the granite island are from Rejuvenation, and the colander light above the sink is from Etsy.
Tips to Get the Look: “I always get draw downs [a large sample of paint from the actual can being used] from the paint store, instead of going only from the paint chip,” Ruber says. “Those are computer generated and the color on the chip is often different from the paint. When looking at colors together try to find the same undertones, as when they aren't consistent in a room then the colors have a clashing effect.”