HGTV calls this week’s episode of Design Star “The Ultimate Kitchen Challenge,” but I beg to differ.”Ultimate” implies a showcase experience with lavish details and luxurious, no-holds-barred features. The word “ultimate” immediately sets up the designers for failure. After all, how ultimate can any kitchen be if it’s thrown together in two days? How ultimate is an outdated three-inch backsplash made from countertop material? How ultimate is a tile-free kitchen? If you have mere three-foot stretches of countertop, do you consider that an ultimate kitchen? Let’s just call a spade a spade. This is the Cramped Kitchen Styling Challenge.
I have to say I understand that tile installation has never quite worked out in previous kitchen challenges, but since tile is the breakout of star of any kitchen, its presence is sorely missed. I wish another day or two were added to this challenge to allow for some great tile design. Compensating for this shortfall leads the designers to go a bit generic or they end up on the wackadoo side. It doesn’t help that the designers’ are assigned sinks as inspiration for their designs. Sinks are usually supporting cast.
BRITANY SIMON & DANIELLE COLDING