Good friends of mine asked me to help them renovate their kitchen to better suit their entertaining lifestyle. Their previous kitchen was original to the house, and although it met al! of their needs as their children grew into adults, it was outdated and lacking in luxury. It was obvious that their existing 3’x4’ island was way to too small for entertaining.
Our final design for the island was two-tiered, with the main island at counter height and an elevated breakfast bar ideal for breakfast or parties. The island contains a two-door wine fridge and storage for pots and pans. The client was very clear that she did not want too much of one colour in her kitchen, which is a common problem with so many cabinet doors in one room. She liked the dark wood tones, but did not want the kitchen to feel closed-in.
Solution was to incorporate two-tone cabinetry. The base cabinets are all sprayed out in ebony lacquer to complement the Emperador marble and ground the kitchen, while the uppers were sprayed out in cream lacquer to complement the Crema Marfil. The two-tone marble pattern on the floors also gives detail and interest to an otherwise expansive surface. The result is a rich and luxurious kitchen, which feels more like a high-end steakhouse than a suburban family kitchen.