Use these 5 Details to Make a Kitchen Special

In kitchen design, well, in ANY design, we go by the mantra of “it’s all in the details”.  This kitchen, which we have affectionately named “Greystone Manor,” demonstrates the effect achieved when time and creativity is applied to every area. Here are five ways the details of this design make for a thoughtful and special space.

1. Find subtlety in the obvious

A focal point is always desired in a kitchen.  Here the hood draws your eye up and down to the end of the room.  Now, I realize a hood as a focal point isn’t a new idea, however, there’s something about this hood that makes you look twice:

York Reverse Raised (RR) maple Smoke, Flat Panel (FP) maple Irish Creme Classic; Mission Flat Panel (FP) quartersawn oak Greystone

This hood becomes something unique with its dual finishes.  This effect was achieved by using a component style hood with the mantle portion finished differently from the chimney and transition.   Using the same finish as the island on the upper section was a smart way to tie the two features together and helps to emphasize the height of the room.

York Reverse Raised (RR) maple Smoke, Flat Panel (FP) maple Irish Creme Classic; Mission Flat Panel (FP) quartersawn oak Greystone

Note how the island is aligned with the hood.  This attention to detail measure gives a great anchoring point to the island as well as keeping the pendants centered over the island while still centering with the hood.  Again, not a new concept, but one that will keep the design in balance. Speaking of the island…

2. Make the island something special

York Reverse Raised (RR) maple Smoke, Flat Panel (FP) maple Irish Creme Classic; Mission Flat Panel (FP) quartersawn oak Greystone
Facing out: The door section of the island is comprised of wall cabinets with toe space added to the front and each end. The sides of the island are capped with wall deluxe panels.

The composition of this furniture-style island is so well balanced and offers an illusion of weightlessness.  By placing square columns at the corners of cabinets 6″ lower in height, you gain an open space and a second level storage surface.

We’re frequently asked how this was constructed.  This is one of those islands that at first glance seems understated then you notice the various nuances that make it special. While the island itself is a substantial presence in this kitchen, the small corner metal brackets on the counter are what I think add a big impact!

 

The composition of this furniture-style island is comprised of so well balanced and offers an illusion of weightlessness.  By placing square columns at the corners of cabinets 6″ lower in height, you gain an open space and a second level storage surface.

York Reverse Raised (RR) maple Smoke, Flat Panel (FP) maple Irish Creme Classic; Mission Flat Panel (FP) quartersawn oak Greystone
Inside view: We used our 28 1/2″ high two-drawer base and added the recessed toe space to each end and capped the entire surface with a square edge 3/4″ panel.

We’re frequently asked how this was constructed.  This is one of those islands that at first glance seems understated then you notice the various nuances that make it special. While the island itself is a substantial presence in this kitchen, the small corner metal brackets on the counter are what I think add a big impact!

3: Frame it out

Flanking appliances with columns or panels is pretty typical, especially in my favorite flush inset installation method.   In this design, something extra-special was done: crown molding was installed to create a dimensional frame around the appliance areas. The appliances, cabinets, and molding are all encased between ¾” panels.  Another benefit of this method is a deeper panel to die your counter into without any of the hardware protruding out into the room.York Reverse Raised (RR) maple Smoke, Flat Panel (FP) maple Irish Creme Classic; Mission Flat Panel (FP) quartersawn oak Greystone

This eye-pleasing detail was not easy to execute, but was worth it!  (Suzanne said the details caused a few sleepless moments in her life!)

4. Create a custom corner–coffee anyone?

The corner of this kitchen offered a wonderful place to work in more creative solutions.  Located on the opposite side of the room, it became a handy beverage and entertaining zone.  None of this corner became wasted space!  Using a wine cube and matching end panel to turn an outside corner is now one of my new favorite things.

York Reverse Raised (RR) maple Smoke, Flat Panel (FP) maple Irish Creme Classic; Mission Flat Panel (FP) quartersawn oak Greystone

One of the beautiful features of this room is its brick wall. Floating shelves were a great way to highlight this, the brick becoming a natural backdrop for displayed items.

5. Pay attention to what’s inside

We can’t talk about details without discussing what’s behind the doors. After all, beauty isn’t only skin deep.Vertical lift doors are terrific options in cooking zones of the kitchen.  Lifting the door up and out of the way, you can access whatever you need for as long as you need.

 

 

You might notice that this cabinet is slightly deeper than the adjacent wall cabinets. This intentional change allows for more storage but also makes accessing this cabinet in the corner a bit easier too. Above right, this custom wall cabinet combines a vertical lift lower section with a standard hinged door above.  By combining (instead of stacking) there are no seams and you can choose to include a full-height deluxe end for sleekness.  Who doesn’t love a seamless look?!

York Reverse Raised (RR) maple Smoke, Flat Panel (FP) maple Irish Creme Classic; Mission Flat Panel (FP) quartersawn oak Greystone

Find the latest European design with this blind-corner base cabinet. A single pull and it glides out and into view with the type of ease we have come to enjoy in advanced engineering like this.

York Reverse Raised (RR) maple Smoke, Flat Panel (FP) maple Irish Creme Classic; Mission Flat Panel (FP) quartersawn oak Greystone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storage hidden behind a discreet half leg is another means of giving a useful purpose to every inch of cabinetry.

Don’t forget the space below the sink! Door racks are something that I now wonder how I ever did without!  What can I say…it can be just the little things.

While I wanted to share with you the features and details I am inspired by in this kitchen, I thought I would end by sharing the styling of these cabinets with you. I hope this has inspired you, too! I would love to hear your thoughts as well!

The finishes we used in this kitchen:

 

 

 

 

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