Archive for February, 2018

Style Guide: Traditional Kitchens

Traditional Kitchens are timeless and classic; and are a major style choice kitchen remodelers go with. There are some key elements that go into making a traditional kitchen, and we have the guide for you!

Natural Materials:

Traditional kitchens are well you know, traditional. Which means it’s time to go back to the roots, and use natural materials like, natural stone such as granite and marble, and of course wood. Tying back your kitchen’s main features of countertops, flooring, and cabinets to what mother nature gave us will be beneficial in reaching that traditional look.

Natural Stone

White Kitchen

 

Ornate Details:

A lot of traditional kitchens have ornate details in their woodwork. To achieve a traditional look, try adding crown molding, baseboards, and carvings into your cabinetry. You can also add these details to your countertops! By choosing an edge that has multiple levels, like an Ogee Bullnose or a Waterfall edge, or by adding curves to your countertops, can really increase the ornate details in your kitchen. Want to make your kitchen bold? Look at your ceiling to add details. Adding a coffered ceiling or even a barrel-vaulted ceiling could add a lot of drama to your kitchen, creating a grand room for your home.

Grand Traditional Kitchen

Curved Countertops

Cambria Countertops

 

Classic Stains and Colors:

Stay with the classics which in this case are your neutrals. Having a neutral/monochromatic pallet can make the small details in your kitchen really stand out! If you must add color, rich blues and greens are common colors homeowners use to add a little pop!

Monochromatic Neutral Kitchen

Blue Kitchen Island

Custom Hoods:

Custom hoods are a great way to add a focal point to your kitchen. If you want to add an ornate feature, but want to skip out on all of the additional woodwork in your kitchen, having one grand hood is a great feature to add to still achieve the traditional look.

Custom Kitchen Hoods

Glass Paneling:

Since all the detailed woodwork can bring heaviness to the kitchen, adding glass panels to your cabinetry can bring in additional light and air to break up the boldness of wood. Having windows behind your cabinets are also a great way to bring in extra light.

Glass Cabinets

Decorative Lighting:

Lighting is the jewelry of your home! Add a little bling with decorative lights to complete your traditional design.

Traditional Kitchen Lighting

There are many different kitchen styles you can choose for your home. Traditional is one of our favorites, and will always be a classic choice for years to come. Stay tuned for more design guides on your favorite styles.

This Old House

If you are a fan of the show This Old House, you have probably seen this season’s “Generation NEXT” house located in the Boston suburb of Newton, MA. 

Discover Marble & Granite had the opportunity to be featured in episode 14 for an installation of new quartz kitchen countertops.

Quartz is one of the hardest minerals on earth, thus quartz countertops are one of the most durable options available. These countertops are engineered and can be created in a variety of different colors that can mimic the appearance of natural stone. Quartz is a very popular choice for kitchen and bath countertops. For this kitchen, we installed Caesarstone quartz countertops in the shade Pure White.

 

Ceasarstone Pure White Quartz Countertops

 

To ensure a perfect fit, our installers are trained at combining slabs and merging seams, thus creating a flawless piece.

 

We love the finished design of this blue contemporary kitchen! The Pure White Caesarstone countertops add a great sense of contrast and we are honored to have been able to help create a space where a family’s next generation will live and grow.

If you would like to see the full episode, head over to This Old House to see how Discover Marble & Granite can transform your kitchen dreams into reality!

Monolith Inception Kitchen designed by Richard T. Anuszkiewicz

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As a luxury kitchen specialist, it is always important for me to bring thought provoking ideas and execution techniques to the market. At the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) last month, I showcased my latest forward-thinking design titled “Monolith Inception”.

The Monolith Inception kitchen was commissioned by Liebherr Refrigeration to celebrate the launch of their new column refrigeration series. The concept of the kitchen is derived from the definition of “Monolithic”, meaning, “formed of a single block of stone.” This idea can be found throughout the kitchen in the crisp contemporary geometries and the layered long linear planes.

Monolith Inception Kitchen

The overall palette evokes a masculine sense in dark and moody tones, think “Tom Ford Fashion”. Exotic and luxurious finishes run through the entire space. Two of the most talked about pieces in the kitchen where the dual refrigeration armoires. The first armoire was comprised of a striking poly-sheen eucalyptus wood. This high-gloss furniture styled refrigeration series has a drawer chest appearance on the bottom and includes a full refrigerator, full freezer and full wine column.

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The second armoire was more contemporary in its nature. A sleek full flat paneled aged-brass face with the finishing touch of a fine leather stitched handles. Its bespoke details like this that create an experience for your user. This second armoire had a full 30” refrigerator and full 24” freezer.

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Another showstopper was my signature Autobahn cabinet inspired by the face of the Bentley grill. This super-car cabinetry complimented the Superiore Next series range with custom aged- brass accents. A pop of excitement was found inside the cabinetry with my trademark Richar Living Collection luxe red interiors.

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The island was a multi-tiered element creating a wow factor with a cantilevered 6” thick Dekton by Cosentino countertop. This Kelya material from the Natural Collection ran throughout the kitchen and was in the perfect gray hue to compliment the deep wall color. I designed the custom kitchen table with Grouthouse lumber highlighting a subtle chevron textured wood pattern with a brass screw detail.

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The bar showcased artisan caliber plumbing products by KALLISTA in Gunmetal and hand hammered polished silver. The Bradley USA “Chika” wall covering by Susan Jamieson of Bridget Beari Designs added a playful graphic detail and was further celebrated by the “Prost” neon sign meaning “Cheers” in German.

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The final magic moment of the kitchen was the inception wine room inspired by the idea of a dream within a dream. This selfie-ready room was completely reflective and created the illusion that space infinitely continued.

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A modified version of this design will be headed to the Architectural Digest Show March 22-25, 2018. Please keep up with me on social media @RichardA2Z or email me at info@RicharLiving.com for any further information. Photos copyright of Padgett and Company.