I never thought I’d swoon over a kitchen with nature wood-tone cabinets, lavender tile and blue-violet counters. But this is one knockout babe, done up in summer florals that read from cobalt to lavender – a homage to the range of colors found in hydrangeas. Clearly this Massachusetts kitchen belongs to a gardener, one who adores blue hydrangeas and wants to live with their vibrant color throughout the summer and year-round.
The L-shaped kitchen has two main walls and a large island that creates working aisle. On the range wall there is a Viking with matching hood and a range guard done in 4-by-4-inch variegated purple tiles. The blue kitchen counters are a special-order hue of Italian engineered stone from the Verona Marble Company, called Santa Margherita Legacy quartz. The color is Bahama blue and it blends with the colors in the tile. A white farm sink with a bridge faucet sits below a bank of three windows that give the cook a view. A hulking Sub-Zero is well located nearby.
Keeping cabinets, ceiling and walls in neutral wood tones helps the colors of the counters and backsplash stand out. There is little to no paint as the walls are paneled with horizontal planks and the ceiling has beaded board between the pine beams. The big island is relatively simple, with only a prep sink on the aisle side. The better to showcase the counters. As beach house kitchens go, this one is woodsy and countrified – a perfect statement for a gardener with an enduring love of Nikko blues.
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