Kitchen design is something that we love helping our clients with. Here in Western Canada one of the most popular looks that we get asked to create is a mixture of painted and wood kitchen cabinets. It is a fabulous style and can look either modern or very traditional. One of the easiest ways to pull it off is to use painted cabinets on the perimeter of the kitchen and wood on the island. Here are a few of our own projects with this classic mixture of finishes.
In this Mount Royal home in Calgary we designed a kitchen in keeping with the age and charm of the home. The kitchen features a painted cream perimeter and a dark stained maple island. Two of the most unique features of this particular kitchen are the hidden pantry between the paneled Sub Zero fridge and freezer and the location of the fireplace in the kitchen. The backsplash is a basket weave pattern of Crema Marfil and Emperador marble from Tierra Sol Ceramic Tile here in Calgary. It really ties the cream and dark wood cabinets together.
This next kitchen we designed has not only the dark stained wood island, but also a wood hood fan that matches. We used a granite countertop on the island and limestone on the remaining countertops. In this kitchen since we had soaring ceilings we decided to use an oak library ladder that rolls along the upper cabinets and enables the user to reach the highest cabinets. We purchased the ladder through Richlieu Hardware and stained it to match the island. It also is the most distinctive feature of this kitchen. I love the way it turned out!
Often we will use a cream or ivory colour for the cabinets but sometimes we want to create a sharper contrast or a fresher palette. The next example illustrates how a true white cabinet achieves this. The island in this kitchen is really a piece of sculpture! We wanted this island to appear as a piece of furniture so we designed very intricate legs and even added nickel sabot feet to accentuate them. There is a beautiful arched and beveled glass detail in the cabinets over the fridge. The high contrast of the wood island and very white cabinets is so striking – I love how this kitchen turned out!
We were honored when one of our client’s homes was recently featured in the Alberta Ballet Home and Garden Tour . This is a wonderful fundraising event where select Calgary Interior Designers and home owners open their doors so that the public can tour some of the most beautifully designed residences in the city. The kitchen in this residence is absolutely stunning. I think it is largely due to the amount of light that pours into this space. The client wanted a mixture of modern elements and traditional detailing. Again, it merges a painted perimeter and wood island. It really is one of my most favorite projects that we worked on.
I think that the painted and wood cabinet combination is so timeless and elegant. Even though it is the most popular look for kitchens, every one that we create is unique in its own way. There are so many different ways to reinvent this classic style to keep it interesting and fresh!