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Remodeled kitchen in white and dark-stained maple wood with two large islands

Traditional kitchen with French influence by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio features custom zinc range hood, two islands, farmhouse sink

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Traditional kitchen with French influence by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio features custom zinc range hood, two islands, farmhouse sink
Two islands and a balance of light and dark colors help this remodeled kitchen fit neatly into a large space.

Even in a home that's a little traditional, an overly ornate kitchen can seem out of place today highly decorative crown mouldings and corbels don't always fit with modern family lifestyles.

The original kitchen in this house was a case in point, says designer Janice Teague CKD, CBD of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio, who was commissioned to design a new kitchen for the owners.

"It had a very traditional styling and included a gazebo-like structure with columns in the middle of the room. This took up space and interrupted the flow of the kitchen. The cabinetry also looked tired and was starting to come apart."

Teague says the owners wanted a fairly simple, clean-lined kitchen that would be more open, yet not overly modern.

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This kitchen design provides ample storage, including two appliance garages, so clutter is avoided. There is a separate home office area just beyond the kitchen.

"The house has a relatively traditional, slightly French look, which influenced the design. The huge size of the kitchen was another factor this led to the idea of two large, square islands, one to be a workstation for the owner, who is a trained chef, and the other for entertaining, casual dining and homework. A suspended cloud ceiling also helps to break up the space. Lighting within this ceiling avoids the need for extra pendants, which would have blocked the view down the kitchen."

The designer says the material palette evolved as the design progressed. The team started with white cabinetry, and added dark wood accents that help to anchor the space visually.

"We then brought in a third color for the islands a soft taupe that provides a nice transition between the very light and very dark. This makes the room blend more harmoniously. The door style also helps the stile and rail design with a bead applied moulding is a little softer than a traditional Shaker style."

To avoid a totally linear look, the end of the second island has curved sides, and a lowered dark-stained hickory wood top. The same wood appears on the front of the integrated refrigerator. Here it is inset with decorative patterned mirrored glass. Similar translucent glass features in an overhead display cabinet.

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Plan of large kitchen with two square islands

"We framed the cabinets on this side of the kitchen with dark wood at either end," says Teague. "It helps to relieve the long expanse of white cabinetry, without being too overpowering."

On the opposite side of the kitchen, a hammered zinc range hood adds a shiny, glitzy element to balance the mirrored glass. This is contrasted by the natural tones of the wall tiles.

The countertops, a mix of quartz on the islands and granite on the perimeter, provide further visual definition.

Credit list

Kitchen designer
Janice Teague CKD, CBD, Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio (Glen Ellyn, IL)
Backsplash
Silver Cream Athens Tiles from Ann Sacks; Schluter metal finishing strip
Faucets
Rohl
Ovens and cooktop
Wolf
Microwave oven
GE
Dishwasher
Bosch
Cabinet company
Grabill Cabinet Co
Sink
Whitehaus apron front
Lighting
Uttermost from Ferguson
Ventilation
Best
Refrigeration and wine cooler
Sub-Zero
Waste disposal
KitchenAid

Story by: Trendsideas

01 Oct, 2014

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