About the Project
Inset Shaker cabinets in this spacious kitchen are a nod to the traditional, but the gray color scheme is clearly planted in the present. What brings it to life is the mix of textures: the wall and tall cabinets are rift cut white ash with a stain that allows the wood grain to show through, while the base cabinets receive an opaque finish in “Smoke Embers” paint. Wall cabinets are double-stacked for extra storage and extend almost to the ceiling, leaving enough room for the substantial room crown to continue over the cabinetry. Matte versus polished appears in the juxtaposition of sparkling white glass countertops against honed limestone backsplashes. Brushed nickel was selected for the decorative hardware, the contemporary chandelier over the island, and the circular motif on the drum shade over the table.
For a cohesive look, matching panels disguise the dishwasher, double refrigerator/freezer columns, and the refrigerator drawers on the island. To balance the stainless steel on two walls, a custom stainless farm sink was placed under the window.
The most unique feature is the seating at the island. A stained ash wood top with a weathered steel tulip base, echoes the breakfast table at the nearby banquette.