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One link between the two different styles can be seen in the neutral door pulls used on all the kitchen cabinetry. In another crossover, the classic subway tiles have been given an updated treatment in this design, running right up the almost full-height splashback and turning it into a prominent feature. This kitchen celebrates other contrasts, too, says Lane. “The black benchtops and white cabinets of the perimeter cabinetry are inverted on the island, which has a dark wood base and white stone benchtop.” The island also has a furniture-like appeal, appropriate to its role as a visual buffer between the living spaces and the benches and cooktop at the rear of the kitchen. In practical terms, the kitchen also works well. Ample cooking, prepping and cleaning surfaces are backed up by a generously sized walk-in butler’s pantry with plenty of storage. This behind-the-scenes workspace has a modern look, with flat-panel cabinet doors and minimalist handles, although the subway tile splashback is continued here, providing a visual link with the kitchen. Top and above: The L-shaped butler’s pantry is more thoroughly contemporary, with modern door profiles and minimalist hardware. The only classic touches are the subway tiles and high skirting boards. Part of the designer’s wish list for her own kitchen was plenty of storage space, so the walk-in pantry has both overhead and undercounter cabinets. search | save | share at 41