A red gingham tile pattern was used like fabric in a mix typical of French country-style
A fondness for French country is a clear theme in this kitchen where cherry-red and white tiles, inset with diagonal dimensional tile dots, line a large chimney niche. The niche, of course, frames a big Wolf range with signature red knobs. Red accents are also picked up in the curtains and even the choice of a dishtowel for the prep sink.
In the niche, an inky paint color on the lower cabinets makes open pots and pan shelves adjacent to the range hardly noticeable. Counters are soapstone.
Phoenix designer Dana Lyon skillfully worked the red with reddish browns in the natural brick floor pavers (from chicagobrick.net). The antiqued, provincial style island and door blend in perfectly.
The island also boasts a galvanized metal top that suggests a zinc bar. The prep-sink faucet in the island is by Kohler. Dunn and Edwards Swiss Coffee paint provides the backdrop for a kitchen in the desert with a decidedly European flavor.
Full length curtains are unusual in kitchens. Here, Ralph Lauren’s Brass Lantern red ticking stripe fabric runs in two directions — lengthwise on the pleats and horizontally on the edges. Running the pattern crosswise creates an interesting sense of movement across the large windows.
(Source: House Beautiful)
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