Classic Style with a Personal Touch

May 8, 2014No comments

gray and white kitchen with shaker cupboards and marble backsplash

Sometimes it is the little touches in a kitchen that pull everything together, personalizing the space and creating the right sense of balance and polish. The two-toned kitchen above, with classic Shaker cabinets in white and gray, is an excellent example. My client, Lynn, sent me the dimensions and appliances, and the final kitchen, with relatively few changes, reflects my initial design.

The gourmet cook stove deserved a dedicated range hood with the appropriate capacity, so the microwave tucked under the peninsula. The cooking station became the primary focal point in the room. Glass-door cabinets frame the cook station and bookend the room.

From the inside corner (seen more easily on the rendering below than in the photo) to the left and right of the cooking station, are three glass-door cabinets, each a different height. Balance is achieved without the formality of strict symmetry, as the bookend cabinets, one stacked over the open wine rack, maintain a horizontal line. The glass creates a light, airy space without loss of storage.
computer-generated rendering of kitchen with glass door cabinets
Pullouts and a deep drawer unit by the range keep the chef’s tools and materials close at hand, and the open wine rack reinforces the home’s hospitable theme. Framing the cabinetry, crown molding to the ceiling and trim molding to conceal under-cabinet lighting provide a trim, finished look.

The cabinetry, white and soft gray in a timeless Shaker style, provides a perfect canvass for accents and personal style in decorating. Lynn’s talent and eye for style was demonstrated when she added just the right touches to take the kitchen from “very nice” to “outstanding.”

Notice the pops of color in the red ceramic tool stand, bright dishes displayed in the glass doors, and a blue shade that ties into the living room furniture. The use of black and light gray granite countertops distinguishes the food preparation area from the gathering spot. Soft tones in the oriental marble backsplash warm the space, while pendant lights above the peninsula add sparkle. It all works together to create a bright and inviting environment.

What special touches have you added to personalize your space? Did they provide the effect you hoped for?