Tena’s thoughts on…………… REFLECTION
re-flec-tion - the return of light after striking a surface
In my opinion, one of the most important things to remember when designing is not to forget the little details. It is those little details that together create amazing spaces.
I have found that one of the more important details is in the creative use of reflective surfaces. We, by nature, seem to be drawn to reflected and refracted light in everyday objects; the “bling” of a diamond ring, the “sparkle” of the morning sun dancing on the water, the “shimmer” of beach sand. In the context of kitchen and bath design reflective surfaces can be used to brighten a dark room, visually enlarge a smaller more compact space, bring the beautiful outdoors in or simply make all of the non-reflective surfaces PoP. Reflective surfaces in the kitchen or bath can typically be found in the use of shiny tiles, polished stone countertops, certain metals, glossy wood floors, decorative glass in cabinets or hardware, glazed ceramics - or - quite literally, mirror and incandescent lighting.
One example would be the use of small iridescent glass tiles in a wide range of soft hues in an otherwise non-descript crisp white bathroom. (I personally LOVE Walker-Zanger tile) These types of reflective tiles are like chameleons. They will create completely different atmospheres depending on your mood or time of day. For instance, bright daylight would bounce off of these tiles and create a light, bright and cheerful appearance great for morning preparation. In the evening, illuminated by candlelight or under the dimmed light of the incandescent bulbs these tiles would create a soothing backdrop perfect for relaxing in the tub after a long day.
In another example, my Client’s lighter-toned polished granite countertop in close proximity to an enormous glass patio door reflects her absolutely phenomenal view. My Client was spot on with her selection of polished granite to contrast with her beautiful limestone floors and low-sheen painted cabinetry. The reflection of the sparkling water and lovely surroundings seem to brighten her kitchen on even the gloomiest of days.
In the end…. It’s always “all about the details”!