About the Project
Designing a farmhouse kitchen for a center hall Colonial presents the challenge of creating a relaxing, casual barn aesthetic without going too rustic. The client was “…experiencing white kitchen fatigue” and didn’t want an overdone look. She cooks and bakes constantly and loves to entertain, so double ovens, a 48” range, 54” of refrigeration columns, and beverage drawers were a must. To maximize the impact of reclaimed wood, a conscious decision was made to limit its use to the sliding barn door. Though the white oak floors look old, they’re actually “fumed” to darken the color and enhance the grain.
Flush inset cabinetry with a stepped Shaker door are painted a warm, green-tinged gray. Matching panels make the refrigeration columns and dishwasher virtually disappear. Stacked wall cabinets have equal height doors that deviate from the conventional “small-door-on-top” configuration. Some doors get wire mesh fronts, while butler’s pantry doors incorporate antique mirror. Carefree Caesarstone was chosen for countertops, while glazed brick backsplash tiles add texture and dimension. The spacious island houses the microwave drawer and a prep sink with nearby produce baskets. A custom counter-height farmhouse table was designed to sit against the island, yet still be freestanding for entertaining flexibility.