Designing a Contemporary Kitchen
Host Joan Kohn visits the renovated kitchen in Sharon Danich’s Dutch Colonial home.
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Sharon wanted to blend contemporary and traditional design elements and materials in her kitchen, while adding space and light to the work area. To help with those goals, designer Melia Strittmatter added a bank of windows on the back wall and created an inviting octagonal-shaped breakfast nook.
The lines of the stained cherry cabinets are crisp and contemporary with no ornamentation. Textured glass insets lighten the upper cabinet doors while shiny stainless hardware echoes the gleam of the stainless steel appliances and counters.
Large double columns mark the entry to the kitchen and tie the space to the rest of the Colonial style home. Polished black granite counters top the cherry cabinets for a neoclassic look. A bead of black glass is inset in the limestone backsplash to repeat the black accent.
The four primary materials used in the kitchen complement and contrast with each other: cherry wood (for cabinets), black granite (counters), stainless steel (counters and appliances) and limestone (flooring and back splash).
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