As a backsplash to set the tone for a neutral kitchen there’s nothing like dimensional honeycomb tile.
When an internet mogul built a vacation home in Costa Rica, Atlanta designer Beth Webb was hired to create the décor. Channeling the dark, rustic Latin look of homes in Central America, and mixing it up with the needs of second home for upscale clients, the result was classic, elegant and yet slightly exotic blend of whites, creams and taupes. In the kitchen [top] that meant a neutral scheme, one of subtle richness based on Ann Sacks’ dimensional Nottingham honeycomb tile in Veil.
A honeycomb pattern is small scale, easy on the eyes and yet visually distinctive. Nottingham is a special favorite of mine, a tile I would use in my own home with pleasure.
In my post on Kitchen Backsplash Tile Intelligence, I showed a kitchen where Nottingham was used. I like Ms. Webb’s kitchen even better as it is an ideal choice for the highly controlled neutral palette based on an interplay of textures. The dark natural wood cabinets were lightened with translucent white wash — a casual approach to the mid-20th century cerused wood look that is making a strong return. Bronzy brass cabinet pulls and knobs blend into the wood yet have a low-sheen that adds a tone-on-tone layer. Brass lantern pendants from Circa Lighting, installed, over the kitchen’s island coordinate with the cabinet hardware. Upper cabinets are painted white, matching the Caesarstone counters. As an added embellishment, a pair of small lamps were created for the range-wall counter — those have geometric wood honeycomb pattern bases, too.
Looking across the kitchen, with its adjacent dining area, it’s clear how the kitchen ties in with other wood used in the house— specifically the ceiling beams. We also get a peek at a cerused oak dining table and white-linen slipcovers on the chairs. In addition to the tile and top-tier designer light fixures, the sink fittings are by Kohler and the range is a Wolf. Building an American-style fitted kitchen in Central America has its challenges, expertly met here.
(Source: bethwebb.com, Ann Sacks)
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