This colorful coastal home evokes old Florida style with rich saturated color!
Kitchen Design Statement
So often as designers we are faced with clients whose goals are focused on updating spaces with a more transitional, clean feel. They want the kitchens they’ve seen in magazines and don’t realize that there’s so much more opportunity to fresh kitchen design than white cabinets and subway tile backsplash as well as infused color and layers of texture that truly tell a well lived story. This kitchen is not for everyone- because it defies trends in so many ways but yet embraces a certain “work ethic” in the space that is heartily authentic.
Out of the box thinking!
We wanted to really think of out-of-the-box ways to infuse color and layer texture in tactful and organic ways that told a bigger-and more detailed- story of this open floor plan combining living space and what we call the “undining” room. As a well-traveled art collector and vintage connoisseur, we had amazing objects to draw from – colors and sheens and shapes and the layering of every element was carefully composed.
From the ochre grass cloth accents in the display areas of cabinetry to the combination of unique cabinet pulls – and my-oh-my that backsplash tile! Adding to the combination while keeping a careful eye to the edit button – this kitchen is all about the client’s colorful personality and style but still maintains good design practice and function in such a small area.
*Antique mirror inserts in the deeper upper cabinets
*2 inch thick Silestone eternal series quartz tops
*Custom refrigerator panels in a warm mink finish from Northern Contours
*Overall color palette combining two countertop selections and three cabinetry finishes!
*Warm, matte finish metal cabinet hardware and inlaid mother-of-pearl pulls on the island amping up the traveled and “collected” feel of the kitchen
*2.5 inch thick Walnut end grain checkerboard wood top
*Found spaces over hood and sink to showcase the client’s collection of art, vintage ceramics and serve-ware
* Open walnut insert space in island- designed really for the “stuff” on the countertop to live below!
*Blanco colina professional faucet and
*Vintage Salterini counterstools with recovered (Crypton!) seats add a crisp, unexpected graphic touch to the view into the kitchen
*Cabinetry was old and damaged – goals were set to upgrade and diversify the core cabinetry components and identify solutions to some specific storage issues the kitchen was original lacking
*Determine a way to balance color and texture in a bold way without adding temperature or “too-trendy” details that wouldn’t stand the test of time
*Dedicate areas of function and areas of display in a balance way – in some cases where the two could collide but have a revolving “art” display where it made sense
*Consider the textured and varied finishes and furnishings in nearby living/TV area and un-dining room which were already bold and fun.
*Balancing the eclectic feel the client wanted with the need for the space to be functional for small family gatherings and day-to-day meal prep needs – We used four finishes- walnut base cabinets, painted upper cabinets, island a different color and even panels on the refrigerator that are made from Northern Contours.
*Layering cabinetry paint colors and finishes that would transition well with amazing textured wallcovering in the un-dining room and hall
*Developing a comfortable island space for lighter meals that felt balanced and “whole” with the overall design, but still different and unique in combination with the perimeter kitchen finishes
*Large pharmacy cabinet existing in the space that has lived in the home for over 20 years and could not be moved.
*Warmth in existing wood flooring material had to feel included but not accentuated with the final finishes throughout
*Replacing grooved cabinetry that was constantly dirty with modern slab doors
*The perfect backsplash tile that really pulls new and old aesthetics together and delivers in color to meld the island finish with the ochre wallcovering in the accent cabinetry
*Dedicated shelving flanking the range for storage and display – this was a landing zone for core cooking ingredients that the client used day to day so had to be pretty and functional
*Dark walnut end grain butcher-block island detail that made the more saturated, jewel-tone cabinetry and accents feel balanced and comfortable