Boston Design Week was jammed packed with many informational seminars and presentations for the Boston Design Community as well as for the public to enjoy. One that was sure not to miss was the presentation by award winning luxury kitchen designer Matthew Quinn.
Matthew Quinn has won the House Beautiful 2016 Kitchen of the Year award as well as designed kitchens for the Kips Bay Show House. The Kips Bay Show House is an event where interior designers come together to decorate a Manhattan mansion every year that raises funds for the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club programs for New York City children. The audience on Tuesday’s presentation was fortunate enough to listen to Matthew Quinn sharing his kitchen and bath design tips as well as launch his new book Quintessential Kitchens. Here are some of his most noted design tips.
Matthew shared the statistics that 43% of men cook 3 times a week where women spend less time in the kitchen on an average of 2 times per week. When designing a kitchen with high ceilings, for example, a 22’ x 62’ space, (imagine that), Matthew brings backsplash tile up to the ceiling line as not to have wall cabinets reaching the ceiling that would not be easily accessible. Another tip Matthew shared was instead of using recessed can lighting in the ceiling, utilize wall sconce lighting installed high above upper cabinets. A feature a lot of clients ask for is double wall ovens. Instead of following normal practices, Matthew likes to install two single wall ovens adding an open cabinet with glass doors to the center of the oven wall which provides symmetrical balance.
For that European kitchen feel, hand-made wall tiles installed to the ceiling with floating shelves for storing everyday dishes is another tip that keeps the kitchen open. One of Matthews signature designs is mixing metals. Mixing brass and stainless is something noticed in most every kitchen design he creates especially on his range hood designs as well as the hardware on cabinet doors and drawers. Again, Matthew incorporates lighting sconces over windows instead of ceiling can lighting. For a classic look on countertops, he suggests using honed countertops and a polished backsplash tile for a very classic look. One of my most favorite design tips was when clients request metal windows, which are very expensive. Instead of going this route he shared his resource. Kolbe wood window company is a company that makes windows with the smallest mullions that look like metal when painted. If a floor to ceiling wine cabinet is desired, Matthew uses glass shower door enclosures, one on the left side of the wall for white wine and one on the left side for reds. The center of the wall can be used for cabinets, shelving, and barware.
Matthew Quinn’s new book Quintessential Kitchens is worth the purchase and is filled with his design resources for someone in interested in designing their kitchen or bath.
Kitchen Design Tips:
· Use wall sconces instead of recessed can lighting for high kitchen walls
· Install large backsplash tiles to the ceiling line for a kitchen with high ceilings
· Install two single ovens instead of one double oven
· Store everyday dishes on upper floating shelves instead of upper cabinets
· Honed countertops and a polished backsplash provides a classic look
· Use shower door enclosures to create a floor to ceiling wine cabinet