5 Ideas Worth Stealing from a Bright Brooklyn Kitchen

5 Ideas Worth Stealing from a Bright Brooklyn Kitchen

Nancy Mitchell
Apr 7, 2016
(Image credit: Ensemble Architecture)

The bright, open kitchen of this Brooklyn brownstone is proof that all-white kitchens don't have to be boring. Read on for five design ideas worth stealing from this serene space.

(Image credit: Ensemble Architecture)

1. Floor to ceiling tile.
The subway tile in this kitchen doesn't just stop at the backsplash — it goes all the way to the ceiling, and also covers the wall behind the refrigerator, adding a little extra touch of texture to a very minimally styled kitchen.

(Image credit: One Kings Lane)

2. The tiled range hood.
The tile even extends to cover the range hood, which helps it blend in with the all-white kitchen and makes it read less like an appliance and more like an architectural feature.

3. A mix of old and new.
Although the color scheme and the openness of the space feel very modern, this kitchen also works a few traditional touches. The shaker cabinets, apron front sink, and vintage-style faucet give it a timeless look.

4. The recessed backsplash shelf.
The recessed shelf in the backsplash is a perfect spot for storing cooking ingredients that get used often — and its inobstrusive nature is perfectly in keeping with the kitchen's minimal feel. If you want to do something like this in your kitchen, keep in mind that you'll need either an extra thick wall or a non-bearing one, because making a long shelf like this will require cutting into the studs.

(Image credit: Ensemble Architecture)

5. An open, uncrowded aspect.
To me the most remarkable thing about this kitchen is the amount of open space. The home's owner admits that she doesn't cook much, but enjoys entertaining, so it makes sense to have a lot of room in the kitchen to move around. Most kitchens are designed primarily as workspaces, with plenty of work areas and just enough room to move between them — but if you entertain frequently, it's worth thinking about how your kitchen will accommodate a lot of people, and not just one or two.

This kitchen is part of the brownstone belonging to Gypset author Julia Chaplin, which was designed by Ensemble Architecture. You can take a little tour of the rest of the house on their website, and see even more photos of the home on One Kings Lane.

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