How To Steal The Look Of HGTV Star Hilary Farr's Actual Kitchen

Getting started on a kitchen remodel is hard to do on your own. However, a little inspiration can go a long way. So who else better to turn to other than interior designer and co-host of "Love It or List It," Hilary Farr? She has been gracious enough to share the different types of material and décor she used to create a harmonious and captivating kitchen design in her home. Now, we'll show you how to mimic her look.

One way is to install Statuario quartz by Silestone on your countertop and backsplash (via Instagram). The veining of this material is thick and sparse, so the overall design is not overwhelming; instead, it feels bright and open. Quartz is a renovation favorite among experts because of its affordability, durability, and simple maintenance requirements. But, to further elevate the design, she also introduced a brass faucet and a minimalistic light fixture above the island. Below, Farr offers further explanation as to why she chose specific finishes and decorative pieces.

Sustainable beauty

So, why Statuario quartz? Farr explains she enjoys its eco-friendly nature. "It's manufactured using a sustainable manufacturing process that uses 99% reused water, 100% renewable electric energy, zero water waste, and a minimum of 20% recycled raw materials," she wrote on Instagram. "It can be done. Commitment to beauty and our earth." Although the veining is quite simple, we're amazed at how it dances across the kitchen backsplash like a flash of lightning.

But, since the quartz is very bright, Farr creates contrast by painting the bottom cabinets, kitchen island, and window frames black. However, she kept the upper cabinets white and installed glass cabinetry above the sink to maintain a sense of openness and to balance out the dark hues. We mentioned before that she installed a brass faucet, but the experienced designer avoided installing hardware on the cabinetry. This choice gives the kitchen a minimalistic and clean appearance — and is bound to save budget-savvy homeowners a pretty penny. 

Add warm wood tones

Wood finishes are also abundant in Farr's kitchen, which nicely warms up the neutral-toned space. For example, the wooden herringbone floor doesn't just make the kitchen seem wider; it also makes the space feel more inviting and cozy because of its warm undertones and added texture. The wooden chairs along the island also create the same effect. However, Farr opts for pieces darker than the floor, ensuring the juxtaposed wood tones contrast nicely rather than blend together.

But, in order to create a harmonious home, the design scheme should feel as though it's flowing throughout the residence. In Farr's case, she enjoys promoting wooden décor and sustainable materials inside her luxurious Toronto residence. For instance, the climate-friendly quartz material found in her kitchen is complemented by introducing a table made of repurposed wood in her dining room. "When I fell in love with this table, made of reclaimed wood, I knew it would be the anchor for everything else in the room," she wrote on Instagram.