Sep 25, 2013

Kitchen interior: Timeless architectural kitchen

By: Jennifer Hughes

Kitchen interior: Timeless architectural kitchen Author: Style At Home

Sep 25, 2013

Kitchen interior: Timeless architectural kitchen

By: Jennifer Hughes
One of the top priorities for this brand new kitchen was to make it look like it wasn’t brand new at all. Although it’s the hub of a freshly built 5,355-square-foot, four-bedroom home in Richmond Hill, Ont., “the homeowners didn’t want it to look like it was just a big, new kitchen in a big, new house,” explains designer Halina Catherine of Catherine + Davis. To that end, plenty of architectural interest was added with a beamed tongue-and-groove ceiling, reclaimed elm floors laid in a herringbone pattern, honed Calacatta marble countertops, a servery (not shown) and a large bay window. All of these details add up to a kitchen that looks like it could be in a refined European home of a certain age.

Bucking the trend of giant gas ranges, the homeowner requested a low-profile induction cooktop, along with double wall ovens and a separate steam oven. Two small pullout drawer fridges in the servery supplement the main refrigerator in the kitchen. Most of the food prep – as well as homework and family time – happens at the huge kitchen island, which was treated to a dark stain to ground the light, airy space. “The family really congregates here,” says Halina. And it’s easy to see why.

Key elements

  • Cream Shaker-style cabinetry, plus a walnut-stained island
  • Polished nickel cup pulls and knobs
  • Handglazed ceramic subway tile and Carrara marble mosaic backsplash
  • Honed Calacatta marble countertops
  • Reclaimed elm herringbone floors
Kitchen colour palette
To keep the kitchen light and bright but still warm, a soft buttery shade was chosen for the main cabinetry. For contrast, the steamed beech kitchen island was given a deep walnut stain and topped with the same Calacatta marble as the main countertop. Its honed finish gives it a more aged look. upscale-kitchen-distinction.jpg
Architectural distinction

Hand-glazed ceramic subway tiles add character to the kitchen backsplash, which is topped with Carrara marble mosaics to the ceiling. Stunning reclaimed elm hardwood floors laid in a herringbone pattern also give the space a sense of age and architectural distinction. upscale-kitchen-english-cabinetr.jpg
Old-fashioned English cabinetry

Designer Halina Catherine designed this section of kitchen cabinetry to be reminiscent of an old-fashioned English dish hutch. upscale-kitchen-all-appliances.jpg
Accomodating all appliances

The spacious kitchen design easily accommodates all the necessary appliances, including double wall ovens and a steam oven. The main fridge is panelled to seamlessly flow with the rest of the cabinetry. upscale-kitchen-joints.jpg
Dovetail joints

Meticulously built face-framed kitchen cabinetry with dovetail joints has been planned out to house every last dish, glass and utensil. upscale-kitchen-top-tips.jpg
Rather than install yet more cabinetry along the kitchen’s side wall, Halina fitted a bench with drawers under the window to provide a place for family and guests to gather. The toss cushions lend a touch of softness.

Top kitchen design tips
1 Create a space for everything in the early planning stages. Even recycling and waste can be cleverly hidden in a convenient spot if planned from the start.

2 Plan for no more than six feet between the three main “work triangle” components: sink, cooktop and fridge.

3 Figure out where you’ll want appliances like toasters and blenders. Be sure to install outlets in these spots.

4 Add a ceiling detail for interest whenever possible. Just be sure to  account for plenty of lighting. Pendant lights should not be the only source.

5 Mix in natural materials like wood and stone for a timeless look.
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