Pale yellow and dark wood blend with marble and steel in a contemporary cottage.
There’s something very neat and understated about this East Coast country house kitchen which shows a welcome balance between warm and cool, old and new. On the warm side are the elegant pale yellow, Shaker style perimeter cabinets around a dark antique-furniture island with charming window-front bins and display racks for platters on each end. What’s interesting, too, is how the ceiling line is reinforced by vertical slats of a white-painted beadboard backsplash that rings the room above Calacatta d’Oro counters. Not a square inch of competitive horizontal tile here. Notice how the high contrast between light cabinets and dark wood island is echoed by the white farm sink and bronze-tone bridge faucet with gooseneck spout and sidespray.
On the cool side are stainless steel appliances – a Sub-Zero, built-in microwave, 6-burner Wolf range and integrated dishwasher — punched up by a brushed-steel chimney wall hood that soars all the way up to the apex of the vaulted ceiling, giving this kitchen a tall dose of drama.
Anyone familiar with my kitchen can easily see why I like this one for its mellow cabinets, open display options and fond approach to stainless steel. Yet overall, the kitchen adheres to a harmonious tone-on-tone color scheme that makes it feel simple and impeccably organized.