6 New Kitchens With Stylish Color and Material Combinations

Amy Storm & Company
4. White, Wood and Black Metal

Designer: Kelsey Demetralis of Amy Storm & Co.
Location: Wheaton, Illinois
Size: 270 square feet (25 square meters); 13½ by 20 feet

Homeowners’ request. “Our clients are passionate about nutrition, organization and cooking, so the kitchen is a special place in their home for them to exercise their passions,” designer Kelsey Demetralis says. “They wanted to create a functional and thoughtful space that reflected their personalities. The floor plan forms an open kitchen layout with a visual and functional connection to the butler’s pantry, which is more of the workhorse and keeps the mess behind the scenes.”

Color and material combo. Rift-sawn white oak cabinets in a custom stain. Black island with blue undertones (Railings by Farrow & Ball). White walls, plaster hood and glass-front cabinets (White Heron by Benjamin Moore). Black powder-coated metal accents. Natural oak flooring. Red Vein Calacatta marble backsplash, countertops and shelf. “The driving force of the kitchen design is the stunning, exotic marble slabs,” Demetralis says. “Its application was simple, but also the piece that gave us the most dramatic impact.”

Other special features. “We all agreed the island needed some metal detailing to tie in with the rest of the kitchen design, so we added black metal legs and applied them against the black painted island, creating texture and depth,” Demetralis says.

Designer tip. “Mix in personal and found pieces to create a comfortable yet refined space that really reflects you,” Demetralis says. “Don’t be afraid of mixing the old with the new. There is nothing better than stepping into your home and feeling like it is truly a representation of you and your life.”

“Uh-oh” moment. “One tough detail that took a lot of thinking, site meetings and collaboration was the stone shelf across the windows,” Demetralis says. “It took a combination of many vendors to make sure the sizing was right, placed at a perfect height for the client, had enough support to function correctly and still looked pretty from the front and back since it spanned windows. Talking through details on site makes all the difference, and getting everyone in the room 9 out of 10 times is the way to create a solution and ensure everyone is on the same page. It saves everyone time and money.”

Cabinetry: Arbor Mills; metalwork: G&M Ornamental Iron Work

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