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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photographs by neil landino jr.


Well-considered design goes hand in hand with water views

A couple in Darien turned to Louise Brooks of Brooks & Falotico for a house that could properly showcase their extensive art collection while also maximizing magnificent views of Long Island Sound. “The over-stucco walls and limestone floor were the starting point of the kitchen design,” says Brooks. Kitchen materials—brick, stucco ceiling, wood beams, tile and custom cabinetry—were carefully selected to complement each other and create an aged look. “Our client loved the warmth of the brick and the reclaimed beams and thought they would provide the ideal backdrop for his collection of Hudson River paintings and gorgeous Kilim rug,” she says.

For the kitchen’s main island, “we designed a beautiful custom copper hood,” says Brooks. “But the owner thought it blocked the water view and the sight lines to the fireplace wall, where some of their artwork is displayed.” Instead, a downdraft vent and a pair of Paul Ferrante light fixtures were installed to the delight of the homeowner, who now enjoys cooking with a clear view of the Sound.

Custom wood cabinets painted in eggshell had a hand-glaze applied to create an aged patina. Ann Sacks terra cotta tile complements the cabinets and the brick walls that continue down to the lower-level entertaining spaces. A second island separates the living space from the cooking area and is a convenient hideaway for a flat-screen TV, which can be raised for easy viewing. “They use this room as their primary living space,” says Brooks. “I’ve even noticed that the kitchen has become his satellite office.”

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