A young family with a dated kitchen wanted a modern design that better fit their needs. Designers Jaye Gordon and Mark Haddad of Watertown, Mass.-based Interiology Design Co. worked to accommodate those requests and overcome the challenges that came with them.
A combination of high-gloss white and rustic, rift-cut, white oak cabinetry helps combine the style of the New England colonial-style home with the contemporary vibe the clients wanted.
“The induction cooktop seems to disappear, while the sculptural hood looks more like a featured piece of art than a fan vent,” said Gordon.
“To keep the space clean, sleek and clutter free, we used white Ceasarstone for the counters, which handsomely complement the concrete table,” said Gordon, who explained that the material adds another modern texture to the kitchen.
One of Gordon’s favorite features in this project is the shallow soffit over the island. While adding a decorative soffit is unusual today, in this instance it mimics the ceiling in the adjacent step-down family room and provides a connection to that space. To make it feel new and contemporary, it was painted in a high-gloss version of the wall color and used as a canopy for the pendant lighting.
To accommodate more seating at the island, the team expanded the piece from a compact 48-in. length to a more comfortable 84 inches with wraparound seating for four.