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MAY 2018

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CLASSIC AND TRENDY Designers indicate that virtually anything can be showcased as a focal point…"even a dramatic, well-lit piece of artwork," according to Helgeson. "Or, cabinetry that offers a contrast of style or color [can work as a focal point]," adds Sutton. However, oftentimes in a kitchen, statement pieces are found along a cooking wall. "Classics in this industry are the hood and cooking area," states Cheryl Daugvila, Cheryl D Kitchen Design, in La Grange, IL. "To me, it's related to the family room fireplace. It's the hearth feeling…that cozy warmth you feel when you think about food and fire." As an example, Daugvila relates that a project slated for later this year will feature a cold rolled steel barrel hood. "It's incredi- ble…very 'steam punk' with a deep gray, mottled coloration," she notes. "It's the dramatic element she was looking for." However, Daugvila also finds that clients are leaning toward more minimalistic stainless hoods set against a beautiful back- splash. "Mantle hoods aren't dead," she stresses. "But I think peo- ple have seen them enough and they want something different." "For a long time it was about the big wood hood…the shrine to the range," adds Fryman. "Now it seems to be more about tile, which often goes to the ceiling, as well as floating shelves." Michelle Lecinski, project designer, Advance Design Studio, in Gilberts, IL, agrees. "Subway tile is still very hot, but the current trend is toward water jet mosaics with natu- ral stone that is cut into unique shapes," she says, stressing the importance of beautiful backsplashes. "People are drawn to artistic materials, especially those that look old, aged and imperfect. They crave authenticity and character." An accent behind a custom hood can also be a more cost-effective way to incorporate an expensive material into the design, adds LaMariana. "Because it's used in one specific place, such as the hood area, it's a great way to use something that can be a bit of a splurge." Designers also find that sinks and islands make great fo- cal-point statements. "Everyone seems to want an island," says Lecinski, who indicates that the inclusion of extensions, such as Pastore tables, is particularly popular right now. "They are becoming really unique and can be a great focal point." Windows are another go-to element that can give designers the opportunity to showcase a beautiful view. "The increased popularity of an expanse of windows in today's kitchens makes the outdoors a popular focal point," notes Weiss. Helgeson agrees, adding that focal points are, in the end, uniquely distinct. "A focal point is really dependent on each space," she maintains. "Often, it is a vent hood or piece of cabinetry, but there have been cases where I've made a state- ment window the focal point if the view beyond supports it. Ultimately, focal points are really very individual." This month, KBDN asked these designers to share recent projects that highlight a variety of focal points. Multiple focal point elements vie for attention in this kitchen designed by Valerie Helgeson, but the most prominent is the custom ventilation hood crafted from bookmatched and clear-coated walnut. She complemented it with additional walnut elements, including a custom hutch, a set of wall and base cabinets and floating shelves in the 'sports bar.' The cooking niche – comprised of an architectural wood hood, limestone tile and cooktop – works with the adjacent window to create a stunning focal-point corner in this kitchen designed by Cheryl Daugvila. She also designed the island as a secondary focal point that shines when viewed from the family room. Photos: Mike Kaskel Photos: Caleb Collins May 2018 • KitchenBathDesign.com 53 FOCAL POINTS

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