Photography Lauren Miller
A balance of bold features and subtle finishes brings character to a busy kitchen.
Designer Veronica Martin’s mission was clear: transform this 1990s Toronto kitchen into a welcoming gathering spot for a young family. She happily complied with a design where some features – like timeless grey cabinets – form a subtle backdrop for eye-catching elements, such as the bold backsplash and new black windows.
“Putting black frames around the windows and doors turns them into architectural features,” says Veronica, adding that they make the room feel current. Her thoughtful approach is a lesson in subtlety and smart choices.
The island is the room’s focal point. “There are so many waterfall islands out there, but this one is custom-designed to ‘fall’ only one-third down, so it’s special,” says designer Veronica Martin. The homeowners’ cork stools fit right in.
Sip & Serve
The beverage station – which is integrated into a white oak expanse that includes a floor-to-ceiling pantry, fridge and coat closet – is a coffee spot in the morning and a bar at night. Says Veronica: “Pulling these activities away from the main prep area provides better ease of movement in the kitchen when there are guests.”
The countertops are Caesarstone for easy-care because the kids are still little, but the backsplash is a luxe marble. “It’s thrilling,” says Veronica. “It’s like art in the space.” To keep the focus on the marble, she painted the range hood the same colour as the cabinetry and wall so it fades to the background. A Moroccan rug adds subtle pattern.
DESIGN, Veronica Martin, Two Fold Interiors. Lower cabinetry and island pAINT, Purbeck Stone 275, Farrow & Ball; wall and upper cabinetry, Chantilly Lace OC-65, Benjamin Moore. MILLWORK, Norcab Kitchen and Millwork Co. HARDWARE, Top Knobs. BACKSPLASH, Stone Tile. FAUCET, Delta. APPLIANCES, Jenn Air. rug, Mellah. lighting, Cedar and Moss. VASES, H&M Home. Bird image ART (on top shelf), Virginia Johnson.