Spanish Island Kitchens

rustic Spanish country kitchenEarthen structures on the Balearic Island of Formentera use natural materials for similar, yet unique, kitchens.

Sandy white beaches and clear turquoise seas call most people to the island, but the architectural beauty of the homes are what speak to the rest of us.  Typical kitchens feature concrete cabinet shells with rustic wood plank doors and drawer fronts.  The hardware is simple, like everything else in the room.  An expanse of wooden counters provide plenty of prep and serve space.  The lack of upper cabinets draw eyes toward the casement windows, and beyond.  Concrete floors are lightly stained a golden color.  One of my favorite features is the metal wall sconce with pivoting arm.

rustic Spanish country kitchen black concrete counter islandThe center of this kitchen is its massive black concrete island with an integrated sink and waterfall edge.  We’re only given a glimpse of the appliance section of this kitchen with the integrated coffee system, stainless appliance above and a rough wooden cabinet  built-in below.  Opposite the door opening, wall niches provide decorative display.  The stone pavers add another textural element to the space.

rustic Spanish country kitchenWhile all three kitchens are monochromatic, this last example features a touch of ocean blue in the glass bell pendant light – notice the knotted rope covering the cord.  Cabinet doors are dismissed, replaced with woven baskets for storage above and below the counter.  Two woven wall sconces blend in with their surroundings and provide ambient lighting at night.  Wooden bread boards, spice shelves and a highly distressed table soften the thick concrete walls, vent hood and whitewashed exposed beams.

Another Spanish Country Kitchen uses fabric skirts to conceal under counter storage.

(Source:, Jordi Canosa)

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6 Responses to Spanish Island Kitchens

  1. Tricia Rose October 25, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    My post-war kitchen in France had similar concrete lower cupboards (but no doors), and the sink was a long hunk of marble with a circular sink ground out of it, no upper cabinets. Been around a long time!

  2. Allison October 25, 2011 at 5:57 am #

    Sounds neat, Tricia. Did you see the West Hollywood Italianate Kitchen? Also similar. I thought about doing our kitchen like this when we built, but my fear was being a guinea pig. If there is a next time, I might just do it. If not the kitchen, in the laundry room.

  3. Sarah (ClarityK) October 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    Lovely post – that easy breezy style is so typical of the Med,isn’t it? Perfect.

  4. Larry October 26, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    I really, really like the mix of the concrete and textured wood!

    Still working on our house and trying to think how to use in the outdoor shower/bath for the sink area.

    Going to show pictures to my magic construction worker and see if he thinks we can come up with this. He can do concrete counters so why not cabinet shells????

    Thanks for the post.

  5. Allison October 29, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Would be perfect outside, Larry. Let me know if his magic works!

  6. mbwife November 1, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    I love this kitchen so much.

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