26 June 2019

A Recent Townhouse Kitchen Design

A narrow galley kitchen painted a strong green starts the color story for the entire house.

One of our favorite parts of any renovation project is designing the kitchen. Suzanne, especially, loves not only the pretty part of selecting the materials and designing the cabinet profiles, but even more, she relishes the opportunity to come up with clever drawer and cabinet inserts to make everyday cooking efficient. We both love to cook and entertain, so when tasked with designing a kitchen for a young couple who share our passion, we rolled up our sleeves and dove right in!

The kitchen is a galley shape with large windows at the back of the house. We specified an oven with a heavy duty ventilation/hood since this will be the hub of this "cooks" kitchen.
Ample drawer space for storage is the norm in working kitchens, with easy access to pots and pans plus serving dishes.
The clients are adventurous with color, so we proposed bringing the outside in, with bold Farrow & Ball green painted cabinets anchored by creamy white artisanal ceramic tile made more dramatic with dark grey grout.

A custom bracketed shelf above the window is ideal for displaying personal collectibles. These elements will help make the space feel their own. We love using tile all the way up to the ceiling.

A combination of recessed lighting and small hanging pendants make for a well lit and interesting work space.

We like to incorporate glass doors or chicken wire to break up all of the closed cabinets in a kitchen. It's a way to update the traditional hutch from decades past and incorporate a slightly dressier element into your design.
Hardware decisions are key to making the look cohesive. We like mixing metals, so it's okay for the faucets and light fixtures to be polished nickel and the cabinet hardware to be polished brass.
Note that the upper cabinets and the lower cabinets have a different detail. We like the mix here too.
A painted floor is one of our favorite features. The photo here is purely for inspiration. We'll likely choose a different color palette. We like to show in plan how the pattern will play on the floor.

Looking forward to sharing more details as the construction progresses. Now, on to designing a hidden bar in the parlor!

— Lauren & Suzanne
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