Built-In Furniture is Key to This Kitchen Design
In today’s home, the boundaries between kitchen, living and dining areas are blurred, a trend that drives furniture-look kitchen design. The kitchen pictured below, built with painted linen Shaker cabinets, is a perfect example. The furniture effect is achieved with variations in cabinet depth and height, and with decorative trim.
Beginning with the cooktop, which, topped by glass subway tile, becomes the center of a hearth, note that the glass-door cabinets framing the custom stainless range hood are lower than the outer cabinet towers. The drawer base cabinet under the cooktop is modified to project into the room, then trimmed at the base with ogee molding and a toekick valance. Overall, the effect is of a bureau and hutch.
The microwave wall is an example of turning a challenging corner into a special feature. The designer created a lovely miniature buffet, using a wall cabinet on the base, framed by spice drawers and finished at the toekick with ogee base and a valance, and topping the wall with glass door cabinets to create a hutch. The angular peninsula, a transition between kitchen and family room, is finished with simple solid wood shelf supports.More Photos