I'm always on the lookout for kitchens that are just a little bit different, and this one, by the UK designers at deVOL, caught my eye and held it. In a world of white kitchens, its dark tones are definitely a standout, but there's lots to see here besides just color. Here are five noteworthy features of a kitchen that expertly blends old and new.
1. Dark tones + marble.
Of course white marble is lovely in any kitchen, but it's especially striking here when contrasted with this kitchen's rich hunter green walls and cabinets. Look at that countertop — it almost glows.
2. Shaker cabinets + modern appliances.
'Traditional' elements like Shaker cabinets and apron-front sinks are a common feature of a lot of contemporary kitchens, but in this case the sleek, modern stove provides a refreshing contrast, and gives the room a sense of timelessness — not too trendy, not too period, but just right.
3. Open shelving with a built-in look.
Using open shelving in place of upper cabinets can make a kitchen seem lighter and more spacious, but open shelving can sometimes have a haphazard look. The open shelving in this kitchen, by contrast, is treated almost like a cabinet without doors, which gives it an intentional, built-in look.
4. A dedicated spot for cutting boards.
Cutting boards are sort of an odd fit for your typical cabinet: they always end up awkwardly leaned against one side, constantly threatening to topple like a row of dominoes. This kitchen neatly solves the cutting board problem (and also the problem of a little corner with not quite enough space for a cabinet) very neatly with a small, vertical cubby that perfectly accomodates cutting boards, and cheese boards and pastry boards too.
5. A new look for the stove.
The pane of marble behind the stove is interesting, but even more interesting is the treatment of the range hood. The stove is recessed into the wall a bit, which allows the range hood to be totally hidden, for a minimal look that complements the stove's modern detailing and helps to balance out the more decorative elements in the rest of the kitchen.
You can see many more photos of this kitchen on the deVol website, and also check out some of the other beautiful kitchens they've created.
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