Black and White Kitchen

We started construction on the black and white kitchen this week. Demo started Monday, and the new hardwoods and drywall were already in by Friday.

The owners think the house is about 60 years old. The kitchen was added on at some point, and had terra-cotta tile floors instead of hardwood. We are not sure when the kitchen was added, but the tile must’ve been put in in the 1980s, when terra cotta was super popular. This is similar to the tiles they had:

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It’s really not my favorite anywhere but the West, South West and Florida. I don’t have anything against terra-cotta tiles, I just think they belong in a rustic or spanish style architecture or a region that has a spanish influence. So anyway, the wood floors were installed and the clients chose a slightly cooler stain color than what is on the floors in the rest of the house, since they eventually are going to replace all of the floors. They’ve been sanded so many times, they can’t be refinished again.

Here is the inspiration photo for the black and white kitchen:

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We are doing a similar look – the white cabinets will be topped with a leathered Black Pearl granite. Leathering it gives it a nice matte look with a bit of texture that hides the “granite-y” look of the speckles. The island is going to be Benjamin Moore Shaker Gray, and it will have a White Mountain Danby Marble counter.

The backsplash will be white 3″x6″ subway tile, and there will be a medallion with a herringbone pattern behind the range. We use a lot of subway tile – it is a classic look that will never date, and it is super economical as well. We’ve put it in kitchens with Wolf ranges and more modest kitchens, and it always looks good.

Walls will be a pale gray. It’s going to look so fresh and clean. I am really loving marble counters right now. It makes me want to change out my granite for marble. One of the hazards of working with all of the gorgeous materials available. Maybe in a couple of years?



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