A sense of theatre

This kitchen provides a grand stage and a formal backdrop to the adjoining entertaining area

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A luxurious kitchen featuring many brilliant features

When considering the various style possibilities for a new kitchen, it helps to keep in mind the proportions of the available space. In a compact area with a standard-height ceiling, simple, clean lines generally work better. However, if the proportions are grand and the space is large, ornate decorative details can be incorporated successfully.

After adding a large family room to the rear of the house featured here, the owners decided their standard white kitchen wasn't a suitable match. This new room, which is accessed through the kitchen, has a high barrel-vaulted ceiling, extra-large windows, columns, faux finishes and ornate chandeliers.

Designer Matthew Quinn says he was asked to create a kitchen that would link the rest of the house to the family room and complement its decor.

"The owners' goal was to have a formal and theatrical backdrop with grand proportions, warm colours and exquisite details such as carvings and unusual finishes," says Quinn.

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The double-thick granite countertop below the pair of crystal chandeliers

Centre stage in the kitchen, below a pair of crystal chandeliers, is an island with a double-thick granite top.

"By stacking two layers of granite, we have an extra-thick benchtop that's in proportion with the rest of the space."

The island, with columns and a decorative wood corbel on the end, houses a hammered nickel sink, a warming drawer, storage cupboards and a special space for the dogs' kennel. It's paired with two highly ornamented, wrought-iron bar stools.

"In fact, every feature in the kitchen was chosen for its decorative or theatrical value," Quinn says.

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This is the benchtop & cabinetry of this wonderful kitchen

The previous kitchen had one beam on the ceiling. More were added to draw attention to the acanthus-carved hood, which is designed to resemble a Faberge egg. The glass cabinets on the wall store a collection of crystal. Its cabinet doors are all beaded, panelled and finished in a heavy, antiqued, papyrus-coloured glaze with a distressed, old-world look. A faux finish, to match the paintwork in the living room, was chosen for the walls, ceiling and beams. No detail has been overlooked even kickboards are finished with their own ornately-carved, decorative valance.

So as not to detract from the theatrical appearance of the kitchen, most appliances are concealed. The refrigerator, dishwasher and warming drawer are all integrated, while smaller appliances are stored behind a pocket door at the far end of the kitchen. Everyday items such as paperwork, mail and the telephone are concealed behind flip-up doors.

Credit list

Kitchen designer
Matthew Quinn, Design Galleria Kitchen Studio (Atlanta, USA)
Cabinet finish
Alder wood with a customized papyrus-colored antiqued glaze
Juperano Persia granite from
Main sink
Warming drawer
Interior design – family room
Heather Bentley,
Benchtop fabricator
Holloway Tile
Renaissance Tile
Island sink
Hammered nickel, Renaissance Tile

Story by: Trendsideas

23 Feb, 2004