"Just like any plan, the 2 colors need to work for the home and the space. It looks great in some kitchens and not so good in others. As far as whether something is a trend or not, I feel like that is driven by TV/Advertising/Social media. How many times have we all heard about Modern farmhouse and shiplap since Joanna Gaines came onto tv? Shiplap has always been around and frequently used in many homes but all of a sudden it exploded everywhere! At some point, it will just go back to the way it was. If it suites the home, then it will be fine; if not, then it will look trendy and dated. I happen to love 2 color kitchens :"
"I think that it‘s much more difficult to create a successful two-toned kitchen without some professional guidance. However, I don’t think that it‘s fair to say that all two-toned kitchens look unprofessionally designed. I’ve seen many “classic” kitchens where white uppers have been paired with stained lowers/islands. These kitchens are, by definition, two toned - and IMHO, look STUNNING!"
"Lighting needs to installed to not create shadows so usually 12" out from the front of the counter works best not the front of the upper cabinets but the counter. I never use dimmers in kitchen lighting I use under cabinet lighting on a separate switch for the times when you do not need all the lighting. The only time IMO a kichen needs very little light is when you are raiding the fridge late at night the rest of ther time IMO a kichen needs lighting to be as bright as possible. So all LEDs 4000K and 4” pots are fine but no bigger."
slab for small drawers
wood Used on Island
Combo white cabinets alder wood
"I was told by the marble salesman (Italian with a very thick accent) that he seasons his entire bench with vegetable oil. He makes breads and pastries every Sunday, as do his parents in Italy on a 100year old bench. This was after I told him that I didn't want to seal my bench since I too make pastries regularly. Clearly it is a non- European hangup that our marble must remain pristine and unmarked. I have now had my beautiful marble bench (kitchen) for over a year. Yes there are marks, but I don't care - it's like a person's face that ages gracefully with time. Definitely prefer this to the man-made stuff! BTW he also said that they use extra virgin olive oil throughout Italy in the churches to keep a soft sheen on all the marble. I use melted coconut oil and then polish off with a microfibre cloth every 2 - 3 weeks. Of course I clean it daily with just water and a cloth. Love it."