Form and Function
Most of us think \"function first\" when it comes to our kitchens, but for the HGTV Dream Home 2007 kitchen, designer Linda Woodrum brought form and function together in an elegant, casual room that's also well-planned and purposeful. \"Let's face it everyone always ends up in the kitchen at every party, after work and before dinner,\" she says.
The spacious Sub-Zero refrigerator features custom panels so it blends beautifully with the cabinetry. A separate bar refrigerator is tucked under the counter across the room for easy access to cold drinks. The hidden fridge sits under a counter tiled in deep blue, natural quartz Silestone.
A counter and backsplash that are the same color but made of different materials bring additional texture to the kitchen.
Linda thought fleetingly of red counters, \"but that seemed too Early American,\" she says. \"I was dealing with a lot of wood, and I'd already made a commitment to big, strong, powerful blue elsewhere in the house. Blue is a little more sophisticated, and it's great with wood. Plus it contrasts beautifully with all of nature's greens and browns just outside the window.\"
The kitchen has what Linda calls \"the magic triangle.\" The refrigerator, sink and cooktop are all arranged near one another for convenient meal preparation. Easy access to nearby balsa walnut cabinetry warms up the room and provides storage space close to the appliances. \"I love that the kitchen is all open,\" she says.