Balancing the Room
Keeping materials consistent was critical to maintaining an airy feel in the room without giving it a cavernous, empty impression. In addition to the custom blue and stainless elements, Murray sought to balance the space with organic forms and textures.
The backsplash above the range presented an opportunity to do that. Playing off the SieMatic glass-front cabinetry, the glass backsplash was designed to spread light from the kitchen to other parts of the home.
"The lighting of the glass backsplash over the stove allows light into the hallway behind the kitchen and also adds a glow for entertaining. In the evening the dining room lighting makes you feel as if you are dining under the stars in the mountains. It is enchanting," says Murray, noting how the soft lighting adds warmth to an otherwise chilly palette.
"Add the warm teak bar top and the bar stools that encompass all of the finishes and – Voila! You have a great entertaining space that is well balanced," she exclaims.
¦ Elaine Hall Murray, CMKBD of Brisbane, CA-based BMI, worked with her discerning clients to create this sleek, personalized kitchen. The blue featured in the La Cornue products is a custom color selected by the homeowners that Murray juxtaposed with SieMatic SE5005 gloss lotus white cabinets with frosted glass and aluminum accents.
¦ Products include: La Cornue stove, hood, shelving and cabinetry; Gaggenau dishwasher with La Cornue panel; Gaggenau refrigerator/freezer and wine refrigerator with aluminum panels; Gaggenau lift oven and microwave; Franke sinks, faucets, disposers and air switches; U-Line clear ice maker; Everpure Exubera filtered and sparkling water on tap.
¦ The wealth of materials helps to soften the expansive space to make it more 'homey': CaesarStone quartz countertops in Blizzard combined with stainless steel accents offer a cooler note to the teak wood used in the perimeter countertops.
¦ Special features make the space a convenient and pleasurable space to prepare a meal, including filtered and sparkling water on tap, pull-outs for oils and spices, bar lift-up door on cabinet for glassware, a tucked niche for a tall pantry and loads of specialty storage.