The Wellesley kitchen tour showcased six beautiful kitchens this year. While pictures were not allowed (please note that none of these photos are from the actual tour), I mentally recorded several favorite features that anyone could incorporate in their kitchen plans.
The backsplash is a great area to be creative, as it does not need to tolerate the wear and tear of counters and floors and is small enough to feature something interesting without it taking over the space. My favorite backsplash was made from 4 inch stainless steel tiles with smaller accents.
This is another opportunity for a small feature that can make a big impression. One home on the tour had beautiful crystal pendant lights over the island that really stood out in an otherwise simple, streamlined kitchen.
For anyone serious about cooking, a pot filler over the stove is not only very convenient, but can also be a beautiful part of the kitchen design.
To have a quick meal or snack, especially for families, bar stools pulled up to a counter make serving very easy. Stools with a brushed stainless finish are lightweight, easy to clean, and fit in perfectly in a kitchen with stainless appliances and hardware.
While a few kitchens featured separate bar counters with wine coolers, one had a beautiful bar in a sparkling black granite with mahogany cabinets that could be closed off entirely behind a floor to ceiling sliding door.