Today’s trend in kitchens is going against the grain

All-white kitchens may never be a thing of the past, but lately we are seeing a shift in kitchen design. Stainless appliances are being wrapped in elegant wood in a range of colors as homeowners personalize the heart of the home to match the way they live



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photography courtesy of klaff's


A clean-lined look works perfectly in this well-used kitchen

The “busiest room in the house” was in need of a complete renovation. “The homeowners were looking for an expanded space to accommodate their family and staff,” says Nick Geragi of Klaff’s. “The kitchen needed to provide multiple work areas, duplication of appliances, a second sink, double the cooking and refrigeration capacity, plus a small dining area.”

Space was created by combining two smaller rooms into one large open area. “Once the kitchen was expanded toward the interior of the house, we needed to be able to close it off from the other living and entertainment areas. A sliding wall/door was created that allows the room to be separated from the balance of the home.”



photography courtesy of klaff's


Figured English Sycamore cabinetry and concrete countertops create the more contemporary, utilitarian feel that the homeowners desired. “English Sycamore offers a distinctive grain flecking pattern. Moving in the contemporary direction, engineered concrete countertops add a ‘structural’ feel to the design,” says Geragi. “Simple but impactful, with a larger-than-life look and feel, the countertop proportions provide scale and purpose. The dark wood floors add a simple backdrop for the surfaces above.”

Glass-tile backsplash and stainless-steel accents reinforce the design, and wall cabinet doors were eliminated for quick access to well-lit dish shelving. The family space, which is located away from the functioning hub of the kitchen, features an expandable 12-seat table, entertainment center and coffee bar. A built-in appliance garage keeps counters free of clutter.

The result is a clean-lined contemporary space that easily accommodates chefs and helpers, provides easy access and clean-up and delivers personal space for the family.

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