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Your kitchen doesn’t need a Matterhorn vista to stay on top of the latest “chalet chic” design trend. It’s easier than you think to get this style by mixing rustic pieces with modern touches.
“Exposed structural elements work well when paired against something that’s more delicate,” says David Bourke, architect and builder behind the 2014 HGTV Dream Home. Located in California just outside of Lake Tahoe, this year’s home was inspired by its surroundings: raw wood blends seamlessly with streamlined appliances and a bevy of windows to create a space that feels both cozy and bright.
The good news: You don’t need to build a custom home to recreate this look. Through some simple updates and inexpensive additions, you can bring this same mountainside style into your home, creating a kitchen that feels both on-trend and timeless.
Freshen up your fixtures
Cool finishes, like chrome and stainless, complement the mountain modern design theme, popping against natural backdrops without competing for attention. While replacing all of your appliances may not be feasible, swapping out some of your kitchen’s fixtures is a cost-effective way to achieve this same result.
Add unassuming accents
Bring the outside in through inexpensive accents. Natural wood trays, stone tableware or reclaimed artwork can help make a big impact with minimal investment.
“We added rustic wood frames around mirrors that were originally too small for the space to help create balance,” says Linda Woodrum, designer behind the 2014 HGTV Dream Home.
Don’t have enough money to invest in a full-scale kitchen renovation? Sometimes making your kitchen feel current is as simple as switching up an outdated color scheme. Pick just one cheerful color to brighten up your outdoorsy neutrals. Chartreuse, mustard yellow and vibrant orange all work well when used sparingly throughout your decor.
To attain the chalet chic look, bring the outside in by incorporating materials from your own backyard. Wildflowers, pinecones and even leaves make chic centerpieces for each season. Add organic accents such as live vegetation, wooden cutting boards and wicker platters.
Interplanting flowers and vegetable does more than pretty-up the vegetable patch. Integrating flowers into your vegetable gardens or growing vegetables in with your flower borders can be fun and beneficial. “Flowers bring in the pollinators and beneficial insects,” said horticulturalist Erica Shaffer. Pollinating insects like butterflies and bees are crucial for vegetable development. With squash, for instance, you can have lush vines and leaves topped off with stellar large flowers, but if those flowers aren’t pollinated, no squash will develop. Beneficial insects are also important because they target and organically control many pests, like the tomato hornworm for example.
- National Garden Bureau
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