A fun way to open up the kitchen to the outside is by incorporating a pass-through window: While the cook is dishing up snacks or drinks, the guests can sit at the bar outdoors and chat. This kitchen takes the idea a step further with the addition of a folding glass door beside the pass-through window. The setup creates a continuous opening to the deck and brings a flood of natural light into the kitchen.
Dark palette. Black walls, ceiling and cabinetry (all painted in Pitch Black by Farrow & Ball). “We offset the darkness with white honed Carrara marble countertops, and added the rust brick backsplash to really give the space an urban feel,” Babaeian says. “An abundance of natural light pours in from the indoor-outdoor counter pass-through, which really gives the space life.” Other special features. Floating wire-brushed wood shelves. Reclaimed-oak flooring. Exposed ductwork. Designer tip. “Lighting — the key is all in the lighting,” Babaeian says. “When working with a dark palette, it’s important to make sure you have great lighting to highlight and accentuate the space. We added lighting on shelves to illuminate all of the kitchenware, which really made the space pop. Also, it’s very important to make sure everything is on dimmers, so that you can set the mood.”
Fava found out that Christie loves shiplap, so she incorporated it on the vanity wall. She then used elongated white porcelain tile for the shower wall to give a shiplap effect that would hold up better in moisture than wood. She used a design trick to enhance the mimicry too. She made wide horizontal grout lines but ultrathin vertical grout lines so that the tiles look like long boards.