New kitchen has artsy vibe
Rich blend of colors, textures and styles expresses Talmadge homeowner’s whimsical spirit
By Sol Quintana Wagoner, Special to the U-T 1:21 P.M.OCT. 25, 2013
A creative couple wanted a new kitchen with modern functionality that honored the original character of their 1920s Spanish-style home in Talmadge. Space planning was essential in this kitchen, and the layout was designed to create an open line of sight from the back to the front of the home. A new beam was added in the ceiling to serve as a balancing architectural element for the large, oversize island. A one-of-a-kind piece of rustic wood is a focal point of the island that pops with its Apple Martini-colored Caesarstone countertops. The island was designed to be approachable from four sides and can comfortably be shared by several people for varying tasks.
Cabinets in darkly stained cherry wood against vibrant walls create exciting visual depth and richness in a kitchen that artfully integrates eclectic elements. From the dining area, where a whimsical chandelier suggests movement with flowing leaf-shaped glass, the kitchen delights the senses with colors, textures and light. Created by a group of artists in New York City, the custom backsplash evokes the home’s Spanish roots and shimmers with shades of violet, orange, copper, mirror and apple green – the inspiration for the room’s palette. In a room full of vibrant color, engaging textures and an appealing blend of cultural influences, the artistic home-owners’ whimsical spirit is expressed with bold imagination and meticulous attention to detail.