By Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Sunday, May 07th 2017, 10:00:05 AM.
Complement the island. This kitchen is in a stately 1920s mansion. "Kitchens in those types of houses were originally only used by the staff, not by the homeowners, and were therefore dark, tiny, impractical in layout, and the space was broken up by a lot of doors leading to the basement, the servants' quarters, and butler's pantry", says Ines Hanl of The Sky is the Limit Design. Her challenge was to create a space that was in keeping with the grand lines of such a home without making major modifications to the available square footage.
Glossy, uniformly painted cabinets can appear fresh, clean and modern. If you're trying to create a more French country look, distressed cabinets are a great place to start. There's no reason not to experiment with color on your distressed cabinets. Tans, whites and creams are always a safe bet, but a light French gray is a new neutral. Grays can be cold on occasion, but distressing them so the wood peeks through warms them right up.
While distressed cabinets have a look all their own to begin with, pulls help define the style. A sleek bar pull adds a modern element, a dark pull creates contrast and a similarly distressed knob blends in, allowing the detail in the cabinets to shine.