Sometimes all it takes is one key element to define an entire room. In this kitchen designed by Becky Lemm, a design consultant with CCD Interiors, the hammered copper stove hood provided inspiration as well as offering the perfect centerpiece for the modern farmhouse space. “Stainless was too sleek, but when I saw that copper hood, suddenly it all made sense,” says Lemm, who added an apron-front sink in the same material and selected accents to reinforce the metallic theme. The glazed backsplash subway tiles, for example, host gray and copper tones, and Lemm describes the color of the Caesarstone counter and island surfaces as “worn denim blue-gray with shots of copper.”
Noting that “copper brings warmth to a space, Lemm’s choice of character-grade European white oak floors continues the effect. “The wood has lots of knot holes and other markings, which work well with the farmhouse feel,” says the designer, who topped the white painted cabinets with black metal pulls to coordinate with a similar material on the light fixtures, and painted the island base black to contrast with the expanse of white cabinetry. “You can get too much white, so the island is darker to offset that while introducing a modern accent.”
The space itself is an entertainer’s dream with a four-foot-wide-island that does double duty as an expansive buffet area or a place for guests to hang out. And because Lemm admits to lack of storage as “my pet peeve,” the back side of the ample island is designed for stowing all manner of kitchen accouterments.