BLACK AND WHITE, DONE RIGHT, can result in an interior that feels at once classic and of today. The design team at Lakeville Kitchen & Bath, in a dovetail with Robert Drew Associates, created a black and white kitchen of simple elegance and graceful contrast that effortlessly brings to the fore the sweeping views of Oyster Bay.
The design direction took careful consideration and selecting the right cabinetry was of utmost importance. “From the beginning, it was agreed that to best complement the water views, the cabinetry couldn’t be ornate,” notes Richard Sirlin, President of Lakeville. In a practice of restraint, and with a focus on finely crafted furniture, the clients chose a beautifully-made, unadorned shaker style cabinet by Crystal Cabinet Works.
Keeping in line with the theme of restraint, a measured contrast exists with large-scale color blocking: a flat black on the hutch, a soft white and grey marble herringbone on the island, a subtle sage on the walls and a designer white on the kitchen perimeter and exposed beam ceiling. Depth is added through varying surface materials, including the glossy white subway tiles on the fireplace surround, and two distinct countertops – one in charcoal, one in white – both with an eye-catching movement.
This Mill Neck, New York kitchen is a polished powerhouse when it comes to appliances, many of which are concealed by custom inset paneling: two refrigerator drawers, three beverage centers and an ice maker. High-intensity cooking takes place in the corner of the kitchen, where base cabinets accommodate two additional Bluestar commercial ovens. Prep work is also displaced from the main kitchen area as the walk-in pantry includes a commercial refrigerator, freezer and microwave.
Designing a kitchen with windows on all available exterior walls is no easy feat, yet the Lakeville team put together an elegant, functional and timeless kitchen; one that salutes its beautiful natural environs, and more importantly, one the homeowners absolutely adore.
Photography by David Reeves.
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