An antique island stands out in a pale yellow, contemporary cottage kitchen.
There’s something very neat and understated about the antique island in 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. Then there’s the dark wood antique island with charming window-front bins and display racks for platters on each end. While new, the vintage style island evokes the bins in an old apothecary shop and it’s highly functional. All sides of the island are used for storage of some type.
There are other interesting features in the kitchen. The peaked line of the ceiling line is reinforced by vertical slats of a white-painted bead board on the backsplash that rings the room. 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. Kitchen counters on the perimeter are Calacatta d’Oro. The island is topped with butcher block.
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 Yellow Eurosplash kitchen can easily see why I like this kitchen. Not only does it have mellow yellow cabinets, open display options and fond approach to stainless steel it has distinctive features that make it memorable. Yet overall, the kitchen adheres to a harmonious tone-on-tone color scheme that makes it feel simple and impeccably organized.
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