Custard color kitchens always remind me of crème brûlée, a luscious dessert topped caramelized sugar!
When is a kitchen like a custard color dessert? When it’s soft and creamy with glazed or toasty wood and stone tones, that’s when. I’m making a case for egg-cream-colored kitchens here. A large kitchen [top] represents the crème brûlée aesthetic very well. It’s at least six years old — judging from the glazed cabinets with raised door panels and furniture details, the style of the built-in Sub Zero and the Viking range in a niche. Yet it has beautiful details and an unforgettable English-style pine island with furniture legs and a low pot shelf. Keeping the cabinets, wall and countertops all the same tone creates a subtle cohesiveness. There must have been a temptation to go dark on top of the island where a classic British bridge faucet with porcelain handles and a side sprayer on the prep sink is another refined touch that blends in perfectly. The lovely wide-plank natural pine floor which appears to be reclaimed and one might describe it as having the quality of a brown sugar glaze. I confess this space may look a bit old fashioned as current kitchen styles inch toward minimalism. Yet it’s unique and sophisticated in the way custard color is used.
In an off-white French style kitchen, natural pine island cabinetry is keyed to the shiplap cathedral ceiling. While there’s more white in the mix here, designer Minnie Peters allows the neutral wood color to dominate the dark counters and floor. One notable accessory is the handsome wrought iron chandelier, a refreshing alternative to the usual lantern. The 3-foot wide Genesis chandelier has a similar style.
An unusual kitchen in a Minneapolis Tudor home has cabinets painted in Farrow & Ball’s White Tie, a classic ivory hue. It’s also topped with honed marble that’s the color of light brown sugar. The oil-rubbed bronze sink faucet blends in. So very crème brûlée.
One distinctive feature is Tudor detailing in the cabinet panels and the Tudor arch range hood. Wrought iron cabinet hardware, with matching candelabra sconces, break up the classic ivory look, like garnishes on a luscious dessert.
(Source: Hickman Interiors, Minnie Peters, Casa Verde Design)
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