Northbrook Contemporary Kitchen Design
The "Bigger is Better" home building trend can lead to impersonal, cavernous spaces if homes aren't designed well. While a spacious kitchen is nice, you also want to create a feeling of hominess. To achieve that, this kitchen space uses a darker stain, which also anchors the high, 9-foot ceiling. Instead of making the room seem squatty by stopping the cabinets at the typical 8-foot mark, the decision was made to take the cabinets up to the ceiling by adding glass cubes across the top for consistency and décor.
Contemporary kitchen designs are all about clean lines. Therefore, KitchenCraft semi-custom frameless cabinetry is showcased here. The Summit door-style is a flat-slab veneered door-style in the Integra series.
The Summit door-style has a Cappuccino finish on maple wood. KitchenCraft has a large selection of standard finishes on maple, cherry, alder, and oak. Other wood species available are rift cut oak, natural white oak and bamboo. They also offer thermofoil/melamine options.
3 cm Autumn Leaf granite is displayed here with an eased-edge detail. A 12-inch overhang on the back of the island for the comfort of counter height stools along the back. In addition to a spillover eating area or a buffet surface for larger gatherings, kitchen bars are the perfect spot for your morning coffee/paper or a Homework Central for the kids.
To complement the colors and accents in the granite slab, a 12x12 porcelain tile with a metallic finish was selected, offering some shimmer and multi-dimensional effects. Larger tiles mean minimal grout for easier cleaning and maintenance. Porcelain doesn't require sealing and it doesn't stain, so it's a great option for kitchen backsplashes, especially behind the stove where grease, sauces, water droplets, etc., fly.
The owners chose wood plank oak flooring in a similar color family as the rest of the material selections. However, a lighter tone was purposefully selected for separation between the floor and cabinets.
The wine rack is different from the typical cubbies or “X” formation. Pendant lights introduce a new color which is refreshing. The upper glass-cubed cabinet lighting is nice to show off attractive items and add a little more color. Notice you too can stain your pantry door and casings to match the cabinets and keep it consistent.
Contact us at Kitchens & Baths Unlimited to begin designing your own contemporary kitchen.