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SPECIAL PROJECT FEATURE: Multi-Material Master Class

This dazzling kitchen proves that contemporary design doesn’t necessarily need to be monochromatic white on white. Several different finishes and materials combine to achieve a bold modern aesthetic; two species of dark wood veneers were used, along with stainless steel and glass door wall cabinets. As part of this whole-house update of a traditional Tudor, the 12-foot island is bigger than the entire original kitchen. To emphasize the generous length of the room, the wood grain was oriented horizontally. LED lighting under the island overhang ensures you’ll take note of that detail. As a visual respite, “Super White” Pental Quartz was chosen for the countertops, with the brave move of adding yet a third wood surface for the butcher-block top at one end of the island.


One side of the kitchen is outfitted with all the essentials for hosting a crowd. A paneled column freezer with ice and water in the door sits perfectly flush with a cabinet housing a microwave steam oven and a warming drawer. A tall shallow open cabinet is ideal for storing liquor bottles, with everything easily accessible for guests to serve themselves. And that shallow liquor cabinet – it actually serves as the side of the tall wine refrigerator right around the corner. For even more ease of entertaining, there’s a beverage refrigerator at the end of the island opposite the liquor cabinet.


The other side of the room is the cook’s domain, with a 48” professional range and 7’ custom stainless hood at its center. Flanking the hood are a 30” paneled refrigerator column and a 30” pantry. Everything is flush for a sleek look.

Highlighting this area is Artistic Tile’s “Kyoto Steel” ceramic tiles for the backsplash, lending a distinct personality to this wall. However, this zone is about more than just good looks; this is a hardworking meal prep area! It incorporates additional work surfaces and pullouts; a spice insert and knife block; and even a secondary sink in the dark butcher-block top across from the range. Ardent cooks have everything at their fingertips in this dream space.


Instead of the ubiquitous high-gloss uppers that are almost de rigueur in today’s contemporary kitchens, shine was added along the sink elevation by using brightly-lit stainless steel wall cabinets with glass doors. Juxtaposed against the “Pure White” quartz countertop is yet another backsplash material: oversized “Calacatta Gold” marble tiles.  The resulting effect is luminous rich texture punctuating the remainder of the room’s dramatic dark finishes.

Kitchen designed by Paula Greer, CKD and Senior Designer, Bilotta Kitchens.

Post written by Paulette Gambacorta.


The owners of this kitchen are a professional couple with three teenage boys, all with busy weekday schedules and a desire to entertain on the weekends. They really “use” the kitchen – they love to cook, as do their mothers who visit frequently with cookbooks in tow. So appliance selection and prep space was key. The house is a large, Tudor-style home, beautiful but in need of updating. They wanted to maintain the authentic details of the house except for the kitchen which was originally a small galley, closed off with little access to other living areas. They decided to fully gut the space and start fresh with a more modern aesthetic. Three smaller rooms were opened up to create one large area consisting of the kitchen, family, and dining areas. The 12’ island is larger than the entire kitchen was pre-renovation. The challenge was accommodating their "must have” appliance list with a limited amount of wall space and still giving them adequate storage. A combination of finishes were used – dark horizontal grain cabinetry mixed with a horizontal, grainier pattern for the island and range wall (horizontal patterns were used to emphasize the length of the room). The wall cabinets are steel and glass to lighten up the back wall. The range wall is the most used area. The 48” professional series range is flanked by spice drawers, a large pantry (left), and the 30” refrigerator (right). A secondary sink was placed behind the chef with a knife block and knife drawer for easy food prep. The opposite end of the island is for “entertaining” – with the bar, tall freezer column, and wine cooler. Every possible inch of space was used for some sort of storage or appliance.


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