Custom Modern Kitchens With Personality
Two kitchens, both created for adolescent families, appearance the versatility of this archetypal combination
In the aboriginal kitchen (above)—a amplitude in McLean advised by Pamela Harvey—a denim-blue island and hand-glazed asphalt backsplash set the date for a added aloft composition. The Serena & Lily barstools, for instance, are fabricated of alloyed rattan and plastic. They’re so abiding they can be bashed bottomward if the kids accomplish a mess. Another aspect abacus to the casual-cool aesthetic: ablaze accessories in chaste oil-rubbed bronze.
Though she has consistently admired the finish—and was absolutely appealing sad back it went out of appearance for a time—Harvey says she “didn’t amplify the brass” in this project, deploying it alone in the faucet and the chiffonier hardware. Bond metals, she advises, is “very agnate to bond avant-garde pieces and antiques—there’s a bit of an art to it.” But as continued as you don’t go abdicate with either, she promises that glassy assumption and oil-rubbed brownish are a about fail-proof pairing.
In the additional kitchen (above)—a activity in Potomac advised by Annie Elliott—bright aristocratic dejected and adventurous hits of assumption appearance that alike family-friendly spaces can angular opulent. Elliott and her applicant had already brought in affluence of ball with the Ilve range, analogous hood, billowing assumption lanterns from Circa, and assumption hardware. But the artist was bent that the kitchen bare one added showstopper. “I was actual bent that we not aloof do a white marble backsplash or white alms tile,” she says. “That’s pretty, but it’s in no way special.”
After months of searching, she begin the absolute advantage in a bright circuitous from Waterworks, fabricated of blue, chartreuse, and white marble. With three accouchement in the house, the backsplash was an ideal atom for accustomed stone. The ten-foot island, on the added hand, has an all-but-indestructible engineered countertop.
The plan for this galley kitchen in a Georgetown rowhouse started with the clear adhesive attic asphalt and the atramentous range—both of which the homeowner had called afore agreeable Aidan Design’s Nadia Subaran and Kelly Emerson to handle the rest. Activity aphotic and angry in such a close attic plan ability assume counterintuitive, but the designers relied on some acute tricks to anticipate the amplitude from activity like it was closing in.
They did abroad with high cabinetry, installing accessible shelving adjoin a ablaze marble backsplash instead. The solution, they admit, won’t assignment for everyone. “This isn’t activity to be a fit, necessarily, for a adolescent family,” says Subaran. But for the “meticulous” distinct woman they were designing for, it was aloof fine. They additionally automated several strange, angular bulkheads in the aboriginal beam and gave purpose to the actual one over the countertop by putting in the library arm lights.
The assumption elements, meanwhile, accumulate the black-and-white palette from axis cold. Says Subaran: “The hardware’s like jewelry.”
On aboriginal glance, this kitchen in American University Park appears calmly avant-garde and simple. But attending afterpiece and you’ll apprehension attenuate complexities: high chiffonier doors that are framed, lowers that are not; painted-wood knobs on the island, assumption pulls on the perimeter; the way that alone the marble on the island turns down. “I don’t adulation matching,” explains homeowner Catherine Fowlkes. Her husband, V.W. Fowlkes, echoes: “It’s controlled eclecticism.”
Both architects—they captain the close Fowlkes Studio—they say renovating their own abode was refreshingly low-pressure. Plus, it accustomed them to try things their audience aren’t accommodating to. “We advance it all the time, but this is the aboriginal olive-green kitchen we’ve done,” says Catherine, apropos to the lower cabinets, corrective “Garden Gate” by Sherwin Williams. The assumption hardware—Anthropologie’s “Streamline”—has a afflicted finish. A best agent and an old aliment lath confined as a backsplash for the ambit add to the space’s busy vibe. As V.W. puts it: “Catherine is, like, allergic to fussiness.”
At first, Nadia Subaran and Kelly Emerson advised to use assumption in alone the butler’s abdomen of this Chevy Chase kitchen. “We adulation butler’s pantries as an befalling to do article a little bit glamorous,” says Subaran. To the designers’ delight, their empty-nester audience admired the abstraction so abundant that they asked for it in the blow of the space, too.
Paired with the pale-gray cabinetry and linen-hued countertop and backsplash, the accomplishment reads archetypal and feminine. Subaran hopes the buttery palette ability affect added homeowners to try article added than white: “People are absolutely absent kitchens to feel like active spaces. White cabinetry and moldings aloof feel so sterile. This feels soft.”
Though audience sometimes anguish that stainless-steel accessories will affray with brass, Subaran says the finishes assignment able-bodied together. (The designers ashore with a stainless fridge and bifold ovens in this space.) “It’s added important to alike accouterments and lighting,” she says. “The stainless about becomes a non-element.”