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What’s Cooking?

Author: Susan Regan
Issue: May, 2009, Page 49

A rub-through technique applied to the blue top coat of this alder wood buffet and hutch by Ellis Woods reveals a burgundy stain, resulting in an antiqued look.

“Whether it be a punch of color or the entire kitchen, I think that clients are looking for variety and adding color accents, or focusing on a central color theme that can make for a beautiful finished design,” states Hayes. “Quite often it is simply a matter of creating a beautiful island in a complementary or stand-out color.” Our experts suggest the following ways to introduce color in the kitchen:

New finishes. Highly durable cabinetry finishes are enabling homeowners to choose from a more diverse color palette. For example, catalyzed lacquer finish—an extremely durable top coat that protects paint from chipping—allows an array of vibrant hues that otherwise may have worn off under normal wear and tear to be applied successfully, Rindal comments. She recommends working with a reputable cabinetry shop to ensure proper and safe application.

“I have noticed an increasing interest in certain bright custom colors with a high-gloss finish,” observes Hayes, describing a project in which glossy black cabinets are interspersed among eggplant-color cabinetry, and the island features black cabinetry with a purple toe kick. Stainless steel appliances complete the “bold Contemporary statement,” notes Hayes.

In this kitchen, the island sports different colored custom cabinetry by Lignum Vitae. Some appliances by Sub-Zero and Wolf are stainless steel; others are hidden behind integrated panels.
In addition, ALNO—a German kitchen manufacturer—produces a line of cabinetry crafted from Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainable woods that are finished in a nontoxic high-gloss lacquer. Shades range from Ruby Red to Pistachio to Coral.

Two-tone cabinetry. Rindal likes the look of what she calls a “living” finish, especially on island cabinetry. The process uses a layered two-toned palette in which the top color is rubbed through to reveal the bottom one. The designer says that burgundy topped with black, coffee paired with cream, and sage applied over coffee are the most popular color combinations.

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