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Guest Blogger Kate Arends of Wit & Delight: Home for the Holidays

PORCELANOSA has partnered with Kate Arends, creator of the lifestyle site Wit & Delight to bring readers a blog series dedicated to interior design and home décor ideas, bringing you everything you need to know to live a life well designed.

The holidays are quickly approaching, and it’s my absolute favorite time of the year because it’s a great excuse to stay indoors and entertain both friends and family. The house has a new energy thanks to our recent home remodel, and I can’t wait to show it off this holiday season.

One of my favorite rooms in a house is the kitchen, this is where all the action takes place. Some of my fondest childhood memories are sitting at the kitchen island watching my mother prepare the holiday meal, while laughing and talking with friends and family. Our kitchen, like many others, is the heart of the house. With our new open layout, we have a place to work, to entertain friends or relax with a cup of coffee in the morning.

As you already know, my tastes run modern; clean lines and a neutral palette, but I also like an unexpected burst of pattern or color to shake things up a bit. When we were deciding on kitchen design, we wanted to incorporate this burst in our backsplash. Porcelanosa offers a vast selection of tiles that are prefect for incorporating your own unexpected pop of not only color, but pattern and texture.

Antique Gray – Patterned tile! Pattern can be completely overwhelming to the eye in such a small space, especially when mixed and matched. As you can see in the above photo, all of the tiles are in the same neutral palette and instead of competing for attention, they work together quite nicely. I love playing with multiple patterns to create a dynamic focal in the kitchen.

Nature Lino Blanco – Similar to patterned tile, the Nature Lino Blanco creates a mural that demands attention. This pairs so nicely with the clean lines and neutral colors of this kitchen. If only we had the space for something like this….

Crystal Acid – I love an unexpected pop of blue in the kitchen; clean and simple. You can’t ask for much more than that. At least, I can’t.

Island White– A monochromatic kitchen, the stuff of my dreams. The textured tile, while still white, provides visual interest while still maintaining those clean lines, which you know I love. Everything is so clean and bright, which would make any meal the center of attention.

Because of our kitchen layout and smallish backsplash area, we ultimately went with a with a clean, subway tile (similar to the Retro Blanco), and saved our “wow” moment for our patterned floors.

I’m so excited to open up my home this holiday season, and spend warm evenings in the company of family and good friends.