Mill Valley Classic CottageVictorian Kitchen, San Francisco
Residential Design by Heydt Designs, Interior Design by Benjamin Dhong Interiors, Construction by Kearney & O'Banion, Photography by David Duncan Livingston
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Panel cabinet doors. Mirrored doors work beautifully on wall cabinets because the eye-level position offers maximum light reflection, giving the impression of a brighter, larger, more open space. Mirrors are also a good alternative to plain glass if you struggle to keep your cabinets tidy inside.If you’re worried about keeping the shiny surface clean, a finish such as antiqued mirrored glass, as seen here, will make fingerprints or smudges less noticeable, in addition to adding character.
7. Mirror, mirror. Mirrored cabinet doors represent a relatively minimal design risk, since swapping in more conventional glass at a later date is always possible. If you’ve always coveted the understated glamour of antiqued mirrors and mirrored furniture, you’d be a great candidate for spiffing up your cabinets in such a graceful, unusual way.
On cabinetry. In addition to the option of hanging a framed mirror, there’s the option of adding mirrors to cabinetry. Here, antiqued mirrors line the fronts of twin upper cabinets flanking the stove hood. This design choice adds character to the space while lending a sense of openness and light to a back area of the room.
11. Mirrored. To get the gleam of glass without putting all of your stuff on display, try replacing some or all of the cabinet doors with mirrored ones. Antiqued-glass doors, like the ones shown here, can be quite beautiful.Locate a glass and mirror shop near youTell us: Would you try any of these cabinet door styles at home? Which appeals to you most?
Tiles. The Victorians did use tiles in their kitchens, as backsplashes and elsewhere. However, finding a complete set of these authentic tiles is difficult today. Try subway tiles for a contemporary look with a traditional twist, as they echo the plain functionality of the Victorian kitchen. For a quirkier vintage look, searching salvage stores for mismatched but same-size tiles to design a feature behind the stove.
The wife chose the elegant Calacatta Oro marble countertops. “She has great taste, and that made a huge difference with the project,” says Heydt.A white subway tile backpsplash and glass-front cabinet doors reflect the light and brighten the windowless wall of the kitchen. Pendant light: Victorian Hotel Pendant, Restoration Hardware