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FEB 2019

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Designers showcase different textural elements to create layers of depth, warmth and drama in their kitchen projects. BY KIM BERNDTSON Dimensional Design here are many reasons why clients might fall in love with a particular material to include in their kitchen project. Maybe it's the perfect color, the perfect shape or even the perfect size. But it can also be all about its texture: about how it feels, or how it makes the space feel. Texture – whether physically tactile or visually implied – is a central design element in many successful kitchen plans. For one, it creates contrast. "An approach in a well-designed project is to have con- trast, although it isn't the only way," says Brad Cruickshank, designer/builder, Cruickshank Remodeling, in Atlanta, GA. "A project can be all about slick and shiny, or all about texture. But to have some contrast definitely is a design approach that can offer success in many situations." Ali Swidler, Ali Swidler Designs, in Austin, TX, adds that contrast, via texture, can be especially valuable in monochro- matic projects. "If I'm designing an all-white kitchen, then creating differ- ent levels of texture can be a nice way to make things stand out from one another," she says. T 68 Kitchen & Bath Design News • February 2019 DESIGN IDEAS

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