Last week, we talked about trends in blue for cabinets, and it’s time to see one of our new shades in action! This kitchen features Dusk, our lightest blue. As you study this kitchen, you might find yourself surprised at how an almost entirely blue kitchen doesn’t actually appear too blue at all!
With the light value and blue-gray hue of Dusk we knew the perimeter cabinetry would read as a subtle neutral rather than an overly-intense color. And by choosing Buckskin Appaloosa for key features, the palette is unexpected, warm and inviting!
A backdrop of light paint on the walls with dark wood flooring, paired with complementary cabinet finishes, is sure to create a breathtaking design!
English kitchen designs often include freestanding and unfitted cabinetry in place of wall-to-wall cabinetry. To emulate that look we separated cabinets by finishes and function and refrained from connecting them into a continuous run. For example, we designed the floating shelves to die into the corner in place of a typical corner wall cabinet.
We surrounded the range hood with unfitted (not touching the other) wall cabinets. Breaking it down you can see the individual sections, but key design elements, like Deluxe finished ends, crown and under cabinet molding, backsplash tile and base molding all play a role in bringing the composition together as a whole.
Like we talked about with farmhouse style, furniture-look pieces make a space feel unique by imitating the authentic character of time-worn pieces.
Check out the customized design of our bureau-inspired cabinets below the cooktop and window in Platinum. We combined three cabinets–to streamline the inset design–and added our Astragal trim molding to the arched toe space.
You probably noticed that we pulled these cabinets forward…which is a great design treatment that not only highlights an area but makes it easy to include a second finish through color blocking and complementary tonal hues.
The Details that Make the Difference
Side-by-side ovens add to the Euro-design. Trending in appliances is the “flush inset” application, which we created here with deep double-drawer cabinets, tall end panels, and extended-depth upper cabinets. We increased the depth of the tall panels to 26″ and set the upper and lower cabinets to be flush to the front edge of the panels. This helps achieve the flush look and accommodates electrical behind the ovens. It also allows the adjacent counter to die into the tall side panel…and these are the kind of details which I think creates a more tailored design!
Ordering a flush finished top on the drawer base cabinets and the bottom of the wall cabinets, ensures all exposed areas will be finished to match!
The custom sourced curved hood façade is finished in a white enamel and capped by our Buckskin Appaloosa mantel – which is available separately within the component wood hood program. Crisp white selections for the counters and backsplash tile keep the design bright and ensure the wood finishes really pop!
You may have noticed some light industrial elements in the décor that adds to the vintage vibe: the bar stools and sliding rustic-planked door as well as the lighting and decorative hardware in a warm gold/bronze finish. These details truly make a room come to life and add the personalization that tailors each design to the client!
When designing large islands, it’s good to break up the size through the use of layers. To accommodate the extra depth we added a full-height base with a glass door and glass shelving between the front/sink area cabinets and the back/seating area and used a deluxe base panel below for a more luxe look and continuity of the door style. Base molding continues around the cabinetry and columns which adds to the handcrafted design detailing.
Through your popular requests, we’ve added a 24” wide waste/recycle pull-out base. This cabinet is designed to complement a paneled/integrated dishwasher when placed on the opposite side of a sink. Shown below is one of the two full-height door options with a hidden drawer above the bins. The 24” width is also available in a “drawer over door” configuration.
A third smaller bin (with lid) allows for composting…or can be used to store reusable grocery bags!
We used a few traditional elements to support the cottage charm with Astragal profile trim molding on the floating shelves and Astragal profiled under-cabinet molding. A clever way to lightly embellish the design!
Thinking about each drawer in your design can be daunting, but the payoff is well worth the time invested. Combine various drawer organizer inserts with tiered spice inserts or a knife block to accommodate the intended task. Mix and match inserts to make the most of ever inch.
As interior trends open up to color and more homeowners are seeking to express a little of their own personality in the home, thoughtful details can take your design to the next level. There are plenty of unique ways to blend the sleek, clean lines that are increasingly popular in kitchen design with soft touches that make a place feel homey. Share your ideas in the comments!
Styles in this kitchen include:
- Medallion Gold series in Devonshire Flat Panel maple, Dusk Classic paint (perimeter)
- Medallion Gold series in Camelot Raised Panel maple, Buckskin Appaloosa (island, floating shelves and mantel of hood)
- Medallion Platinum series (inset) in Camelot Raised Panel maple, Buckskin Appaloosa (below window and cooktop)