Sarah Richardson's 5 Ways to Personalize a Kitchen
"I'm an eager beaver who just wants to make things right," says Richardson. "Hopefully, people learn from my mistakes." A TV star in Canada with her own lines of paint and furniture, Richardson brings her girl-next-door vibe to the US on the HGTV shows Sarah's House and the upcoming Sarah 101.
1. Mosaic Tiles
2. Maximizing Storage
Richardson added drawers and a low countertop under the window to create a baking station, which both preserves natural light and uses every available bit of space.
3. Open Shelves
Richardson likes open shelving instead of upper cabinets: "It's an opportunity for the homeowners to show their personality." Here she used vintage corbels from an antiques shop for the supports.
4. Bright Colors
"A dramatic paint color is a fabulous way to tell a new story in a room—and it's often a missed opportunity," Richardson says. "I've changed my wall color four or five times in the last eight years."
5. Wood Grains
Richardson is a fan of installing cabinets with different wood grains or paint colors—up to four kinds in one room. Here, she installed zebrawood fronts surrounded by painted frames.