Long a fashion color, turquoise tile creates a clear “statement kitchen.”
The spirit of Mexican and rustic California Mission architecture is embodied in this turquoise tile kitchen which combines vivid color of semi-precious stones – declared “color of the year” for 2010 by Pantone – with the warm reddish browns of Mexico’s natural Saltillo tiles.
The centerpiece — an island with a walnut top, round copper prep sink and bottom painted turquoise — is ten feet long and dominates the design by Chicago’s Jean Stoffer, who also provided the custom cabinets.
Opposite is a Wolf range beneath a sculptural chimney hood supported by wood corbels with a knockout turquoise glazed-tile range guard distinguished by a herringbone-pattern medallion. Perimeter cabinets of knotty alder have wrought iron pulls and are topped with granite that incorporates the rust and aqua palette.
Wrought iron sconces mix easily with oil-rubbed bronze sink faucets as well as the double, hand-hammered Mexican farm sink.
To complete the overall look, the designer used mineral stucco to create the earth-tone textured walls. Flamboyant and highly figured “Van Gogh” granite was given an ogee edge and used on the kitchen counters as it contains both the color of the tile as well as the browns of the cabinets and floor.
Colored tiles, set into the step-down area just outside the kitchen, are often seen in Spanish colonial homes built in California during the 1920s and 30s. I love the rich patina on these floors.
(Source: Jean Stoffer Design)
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