4 Tips For Designing A Southwestern Style Kitchen

The Southwestern look is a terrific look for a kitchen if you're going for a homey, earthy feel. It's characterized by rustic themes, geometric patterns, and bright colors. A Southwestern style kitchen feels warm and inviting, and it's easy to maintain. You'll enjoy showing off your newly remodeled kitchen to your friends and family, and they'll feel comfortable pulling up a chair at the counter for a drink or a snack. If you're not sure what to look for, here are some design tips that can help you pull off the perfect Southwestern kitchen remodel.

Floors

For an authentic look, choose Mexican Saltillo tile for the floors. This type of tile floor installation is beautiful and rustic looking, and it offers some distinct advantages. The tile is all natural and environmentally friendly. Saltillo tiles are hand made in Northern Mexico and they're composed of red clay. Saltillo tile makers form the clay, allow it to dry indoors, and fire it in kilns. You can find tiles in varying shades of orange, red, and yellow.

Saltillo tiles are easy to maintain. They need to be sealed after installation, but don't necessarily need to be resealed periodically like other tiles. You can reseal them if you want them to maintain a shiny appearance, or you can allow them to wear for a more rugged, natural appearance. To clean Saltillo floors, just vacuum or sweep and then mop with a water and vinegar solution.

Keep in mind that Saltillo tiles may be uneven and are prone to chipping and cracking. These features are not necessarily drawbacks if you're going for a natural and rustic look. Make sure that your tile installer is experienced with Saltillo tiles, as they requires special care during installation to avoid cracks.

Appliances

When choosing appliances for your Southwestern kitchen, look for retro-style appliances with rounded corners. This will add to the vintage look of your kitchen. Also, avoid choosing appliances that are shiny white or black. Sleek and shiny colors will look incongruous with the rest of the kitchen.

Look for off-white or cream colored appliances for a more traditional kitchen. If you want to give the place a funky but complementary look, then look for appliances in red or navy blue that complement the other colors in the kitchen.

Plumbing

When it comes to plumbing features, stay away from the highly polished brass or nickel fixtures. Choose copper or bronze faucets and fixtures, and then choose light fixtures to match.

To really add to the old world feel of the kitchen, consider installing a deep apron-front farmhouse style sink in copper, instead of a regular double sink. You'll have to have the counters specially designed to match, but you'll love the look, as well as the extra room for dishes. What's more, you'll be more comfortable when it's time to do dishes. Part of the purpose of the farmhouse sink design was to allow for a comfortable position for the person in front of the sink.

Colors

A typical Southwestern color palette includes shades of red, orange, and yellow. Navy blue or forest green make good accent colors that help set off the brighter and lighter colors. Consider smooth blue Talavera tiles as accent pieces in the floor, to set off the reds and yellows of the Saltillo tiles.

If possible, design the kitchen to allow for plenty of natural sunlight during the day. Even if you're working with a small space, the combination of yellows and oranges with natural sunlight will make your kitchen appear to be large, airy, and open.

Pulling together a Southwestern kitchen is easy, with so many great materials, features, and colors to choose from. Your interior decorator can help you put together the perfect combinations for your kitchen. 

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