This old world kitchen is an early version of the black-and-white kitchen style.
One of the first photos that made me aware of how kitchens were changing after 2002 was this one. At the time, this look was considered to be “old world” style because of the classic white kitchen cabinets and pilasters used on the island to support the seating side. This is one of my treasured photos here at Atticmag. It was included in my original “Kitchens We Love” photo album that I compiled while planning my own renovation that began in 2003. And it was one of the photos that eventually led me to create this blog.
What was new in this kitchen was the black-painted island base in contrast to white cabinets on the perimeter. Neutral granite counters — the flecky mix of beige, white with dark bits, was the common denominator to tie it all together, in this case Blanco Kinawa granite specifically. The pro-style range, awning vent hood and built in Sub Zero refrigerator are other popular features. Additionally, the English-style gooseneck bridge faucet with offset legs — here at the prep sink — was also part of the look.
The basic concept was, as I often mention, based on English style cabinets that could come straight from a Victorian kitchen. Those kitchens also had ixed woods so the white perimeter cabinets and a black island are clearly derivative. Again, there are double-tier cabinets with short soffit cabinets on top as well as the white-subway tile backsplash.
The kitchen also features stainless steel sinks under-mounted — nothing old world about those. Cabinets sport bin pulls, another default feature. An old-fashioned lantern pendant light over the island supplements rececessed ceiling cans — period lantern lights in various shapes and sizes might be considered a trend of their own.
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