USA Kitchen Trends US Kitchen Trends Vol. 30/09 - Page 61

As the hub of the modern home, the kitchen has to be light and welcoming, with plenty of room to move. However, when available space is limited, the options include borrowing from nearby areas or evoking a sense of spaciousness through color and tone. For this contemporary kitchen, architect Lindy Small followed both these design paths. The house, which has spectacular views of a bay, was formerly rather dark, and broken into small rooms with an inefficient circulation. “As part of the wider remodel, the owners wanted a large, open-plan living space with an airy presence,” says Small. “So there had to be plenty of natural light and cross ventilation.” Small gained additional space for the new kitchen in two ways. First, a double-height void, rising from the level below, was closed in, freeing up a corner of the room. Second, the architect removed two constraining walls between the kitchen and dining areas. “We added large windows at the rear of the kitchen, a corner window in the dining area, and enhanced the indoor-outdoor flow,” Small says. “In another move, we raised the ceilings and installed ash panels on the living room Preceding pages and above left: Raised ceilings, new windows and a two-tone palette of white and wood give this kitchen a light-filled, expansive presence. Top and above: The new kitchen contains a wealth of storage – both in the floor-to-ceiling unit and in the perimeter and island cabinetry. Long, slender cabinet handles and a prominent grain in the wood both emphasize a horizontality that makes the kitchen seem larger than it is. search | save | share at 59