When it comes to design projects, the kitchen and bath are among the most exciting. Where else is there so much to play with, from specialized lighting to appliances to a dizzying array of options for fixtures and hard surfaces? As true hubs of the home, these rooms are the most hard-working as well, and offer prime opportunities to let the personality and preferences of the occupants shine through.
Let the following kitchens and baths inspire future projects, with their deft use of color, dramatic light fixtures, and luxe details.
Christopher Peacock individually crafted the cabinetry and other elements for the kitchens in The Orchard, a new boutique residence tower in Lincoln Park that features interiors designed by Chicago-based firm Soucie Horner. Some of the bespoke elements include hand-painted walnut cabinets custom-fitted for spices, cutlery, and other components, and finished with nickel fittings and hardware. The kitchens also feature appliances by Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove, and fixtures by Waterworks. States Peacock, “These are really suburban-sized kitchens for vertical living, and we designed them to be multi-functional, for the way people use these rooms today.”
This all-white kitchen is anything but vanilla. Designer Alice Benjamin painted the walls in Benjamin Moore China White and chose a beautifully veined quartzite to clad the island and counters. She even bleached the dark oak floors so they would be in keeping with the light, airy space. The backsplash is a beautiful handmade subway tile by Waterworks that has subtle nonconformities for visual interest. Waterworks also makes the deep country sink. Bright accents of blue pop, from a cobalt-hued Dutch oven on the stove, to the faux leather barstools by Holly Hunt that line the breakfast bar. Stainless Thermador and Bosch appliances and a Sub-Zero refrigerator round out the space creating a functional yet visually stunning central hub for the family of four who lives here.
A pair of empty nesters requested two separate workspaces for efficient sharing of cooking duties. Gail Drury of Drury Design created a space that was tailor-made for everything from nightly meal prep to effortless entertaining, taking care that the scale of the space would be comfortable for her taller clients. The kitchen features a Galley Workstation set into the center island to be used as the main prep sink, while a large sink and a Miele dishwasher on the other side of the kitchen serve as the clean-up area. The Wolf double ovens boast a warming drawer, and an additional steam oven is installed into the end of the island. Other elements of this luxuriously appointed kitchen include a Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer and a dry bar with a full-sized Sub-Zero wine refrigerator and under-counter refrigerator. Sleek, dark-finished cabinetry with translucent glass panels and contemporary lighting fixtures complete the look of this contemporary kitchen.
The COVID-19 lockdown spurred the owners of this Illinois kitchen to seek a design and layout that would be more “stay-at-home” friendly for a family that includes five adult children and their partners. A generously sized center island has space for everyone, and the light-filled kitchen is outfitted with an Artistic Tile tumbled marble backsplash, a Mick De Giulio for Kallista sink (available at Ann Sacks and K&B Galleries), and Perrin & Rowe faucets (available at House of Rohl and K&B Galleries). Recessed architectural lights by Tech Lighting through CAI Designs provide ample and configurable lighting options, and appliances are from Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove. Accents of blue liven up the space via a Roman shade in Santa Barbara Ikat by Schumacher and the upholstery on the rattan barstools.
Dacor’s Contemporary line of appliances stars in this ultra-contemporary kitchen in a newly constructed Naperville, Ill. home from designer and builder Dan Kittilsen of DJK Custom Homes. The appliances fit right in, with their clean, minimal aesthetic. Kittilsen chose a 48-inch Dual Fuel Steam Range, a 30-inch Double Wall oven, a temperature-controlled Wine Station that accompanies a wine column and wine cellar, and a column refrigerator and freezer unit, all in Dacor’s Graphite stainless steel finish. Rounding out the look are geometric Maxim Lighting pendants, available through CAI Designs.
A South Florida kitchen designed by Mick de Giulio features a combination of custom-finished white oak cabinets and polished and brushed stainless steel drawers, with brushed quartzite countertops. The main sink is from the de Giulio Collection, and a secondary sink is Soltiere designed by de Giulio for Kallista (through Ann Sacks and K&B Galleries). Both sinks feature faucets by Dornbracht through K&B Galleries. The appliances are a chef’s dream: Wolf wall ovens, a Gaggenau cooktop and microwave drawer, and Miele dishwashers.
Describing their Chicago bedroom suite as “beige, boring, dark, small, and depressing,” the clients of Staci Munic of Staci Munic Interiors wanted to incorporate a Palm Springs aesthetic into a spa-style bathroom. Munic started with Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray on the walls, using a variety of finishes to create visual interest. A Phillip Jeffries watercolor-inspired wall covering behind upholstered bench seating brought in ocean vibes, and luxe shower fixtures from Dornbracht through K&B Galleries and brass cabinet hardware by Katonah added to the spa-like quality of the space. Textiles by Kravet and Pindler complete the space with luxurious texture.