his classic kitchen with white cabinets, marble accents, and traditional details gets personalized with an on-display pot rack and sliver of sunny yellow paint.
Architect Ken Pursley converted an exterior porch in this home into a family-worthy kitchen. “Kitchens should have at least two doorways, so they’re part of the circular flow of the house. Plus there is room for the family. The color on the walls is sophisticated but doesn’t take away from the standout features of the room.”
Gracefully lilting S-curve moldings and cabriole legs are hallmarks of French design, rooted in Louis XIV furniture. Here the relaxed S curve shapes the mullioned doors of upper cabinets. Carved cabriole legs support the farmhouse sink as if it were a piece of furniture and help blend it in with the base cabinets. The island boasts characteristic French accents as well: Reeded molding bands the top edge, and the sinuous corner corbels are carved with traditional shells and bell flowers. The island’s soft blue paint was sanded, crackled, and glazed with raw umber for an antique patina.
The Arts and Crafts (also known as Craftsman) kitchen was originally designed around simple aspects of nature, incorporating natural lighting as well as wood floors and countertops. These days, a kitchen designed in an Arts and Crafts style might not use a wood-burning stove, but the minimalist design principles still apply.