Interiors, Kitchen, Trends

Kitchen Inspiration Straight From Portland (And it’s probably not what you think)

Some restaurants have a style that you immediately want a part of and who cares what the food tastes like (well, within reason).  There are a lot of lovely restaurants in the Denver area right now that are filled with dark, reclaimed wood, bare bulbs (I do like the look – I am not knocking this!) and canning jar water glasses, but I saw this restaurant recently (Tusk in Portland) and wanted to bring it home immediately and insert it into my own tiny kitchen.  Here’s the restaurant inspiration for you followed by a few kitchens that have a little of this look that I am really digging right now.

cool-portland-restaurant
Pale paint, lighter wood, warm brass accents and Mick Jagger floating in a pool – so wonderful.  Interiors are by the awesome JH Interior Design out of Portland.  (Source)
portland-restaurant
I like the pale green metal on the chairs and pale blue on the slatted walls – great sconces too! (Source)

Here’s a few kitchen inspiration photo’s that have some of the vibe I get from this restaurant.  For all of these I would add a plant, cool art and a pretty sconce – but that’s the decorator in me.

pale-wood-kitchen
I love the pale wood and natural light. I’m also a big fan of the task light in the kitchen.  As an aside, that angle on the wall on the right is not something you see everyday. (Source)
pale-wood-white-kitchen
Pale and simple – the floors are unfinished oak.  I love minimalism but I would probably junk this up in a hurry if it was mine and I would have fun doing it.(Source)
industrial-kitchen-pale
Incredible architecture here – is that a giant pivot door?? I love the light and airy industrial, unfitted kitchen with touches of pale greenish blue (although I have a strange aversion to that color of KitchenAid mixer).  (Source)
simple-rustic-kitchen
Simple and refreshing. A cool piece of art in this room and a rug would just about do it for me. (Source)
beachy-pale-kitchen
I like the finish of the wood floors here with the color of the tile.  (Source)
beach-home-rustic
Super bright white (!) is warmed up by the interesting pendants, rustic stools and natural light. (Source)

My interpretation of this design style is:  natural light, warm metals, pale wood, pale colors and edgy art.  It’s a refreshing California/Greek inspired kitchen style (with my images leaning a bit Scandinavian) that works in sunny, yet snowy, Colorado – especially with a soupçon of rustic wood thrown in.   Yes, I do realize that whole sentence sounds pretentious.

Because I’ve been listening to this song again recently and the restaurant is in Portland, here’s “Portland Oregon” from Loretta Lynn featuring Jack White:

 

 

 

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