A Timeless Space
Boca Raton, Fla.-based designer Karen Press of Panache Design Consultants wanted a kitchen for her family that would double as a showroom, where she could interview potential clients and showcase her designs in action. Her former kitchen, however, was badly in need of an update.
“It was not as functional as a kitchen should be today,” explained Press. “Plus, the island did not allow for symmetry, as it was shaped like a truncated triangle.”
She had two goals in mind for her new kitchen: more cabinetry and a 12-ft.-long island, as well as a jaw-dropping hood backsplash.
The new layout features 22 feet of cabinetry, including an 85-in.-wide hood. The L-shaped island stands at almost 14 feet long with an extra seven-ft.-long area for seating.
“I wanted this kitchen to have clean lines, and I was very careful when looking at all materials so I didn’t utilize anything I may grow tired of in a few years,” said Press. “I did not want it to be too trendy; I just wanted it to be elegant and very functional for the family.”
Since one of Press’ main goals was to have a stunning backsplash, she went on the hunt for different marble-look options, since actual marble did not have the durability meant for a busy family kitchen.
She ended up choosing a marble-look material from Neolith with dramatic white-and-gray veining for the hood and countertops.
“The polished Estatuario with its thick gray veins was exactly what I had imagined,” said Press. “It all came together at that moment. It was going to be absolutely breathtaking, and I just could not wait to finally see it all come together.”
Press wanted the kitchen and house to have a transitional look and feel, so she chose white Shaker-style cabinetry for the perimeter and espresso brown cabinetry for the island.