A kitchen designer devised a layout that flows around a furniture-style island. The island offers an unfitted contrast to perimeter cabinetry, as if added later to an older space.
To make efficient use of space, the 48-inch-wide built-in refrigerator/freezer sits along an angled wall and blends with adjacent cabinets. With its proximity to the main sink and island, the refrigerator is equally accessible to chefs and guests, who can help themselves to snacks and beverages without entering the cooking zone.
Natural light enhances the finish of a vintage-style faucet and the sheen of granite countertops. Mixing colors and textures is an effective way to add interest.
Different kinds of tile and stone in similar colors create visual variety within a cohesive look. To complement golden granite countertops, tumbled-marble tiles were chosen for the cooktop backsplash.
Don't be fooled by this kitchen's old-world ambience: The appliance power is strictly professional-grade. One wall offers two ovens and a microwave in a convenient cluster just steps from the cooktop. Opposite the cooktop, the island features a warming drawer.
To the left of the ovens, a section of built-in cabinetry looks and functions like a freestanding hutch, giving a prominent place to display pieces of china.
The creamy painted-wood cabinetry wears a distressed and glazed finish that suggests age, as well as dressy hardware you'd expect on antique furniture. Glass doors and beaded edges add to the old-fashioned feel, while counter-level drawers offer bonus storage.
Tucked into a corner near the pantry and laundry room, a built-in desk creates a household command center. The desk makes use of the same cabinetry, countertop material, and backsplash tile as the rest of the kitchen, helping modern office needs coexist with old-world style.