Home design ideas: A Needham kitchen optimized for happy feelings – The Boston Globe

When it came time to choose the colors and finishes for the kitchen addition to their Needham home, the owners’ top goal was that it felt happy. “They wanted color, pattern, and pop,” says Thiara Borges, founder of Studio Borges. The designer chose a darker stain for the floor to anchor Stephen R. Nelson’s airy architecture. A chunky trestle table in the same tone as the floor holds its own in the eating area while balancing the busier cooking side of the kitchen. “Color and pattern helped rein in this bright, open space,” Borges says, “making it feel cozy and lived in.”

1 The Namibian Sky quartzite countertop was the starting point for the room’s palette and informed the custom blue paint of the island. “We pulled the color right from the stone’s blue veining,” Borges says.

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2 An art glass installation from Oceanside Glass & Tile punctuates the crackled subway tile backsplash. “We kept the tile color the same as the cabinetry color to avoid choppy contrast,” the designer says.

3 Pale gray cabinetry from Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops corresponds to the lighter veining in the stone. “We needed to give
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