Design Influencers in New England: Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry

Contemporary design may call to mind images of sleek and cold interiors, but this airy American modern kitchen, by Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry, proves contemporary can be warm and inviting. The designers achieved this soothing palette through the use of natural wood grains in both warm and cool finishes, waterfall granite countertops, and Bernini Bianco polished 18” by 18” floor tiles, which marry these hues for a cohesive overall design.

The base and the wall cabinets are full overlay in a Milano door style with a North Cove finish. The two islands also use the Milano door style, but with a Rockaway Beach finish. The feature wall carries on the warm and cool theme, serving as a balance to the soft gray walls. Artwork and a subway tile backsplash offer shots of color, and also interest and surprise.

This beautiful cabinetry works double-duty as a functional well-equipped work space. The tall cabinets draw the eye up, and also offer a full pull-out pantry. The deep drawers are ideal for pots, and the sleek Legrabox drawers pull out to store small appliances and cooking supplies. The two islands lend symmetry to the design—and also plenty of prep space.

Tucked off to one side is a wet bar with floating shelves which is conducive to entertaining. Its placement doesn’t interfere with the traffic flow in the work areas, and can it also double as a prep sink.

Jonathan Adler 30 light brass ceiling fixtures, in a strong scale, add just the right amount of whimsy, to keep this design from feeling too serious, while the brass accents in the hardware and the bar stools, finish off the design. The end result is a bright and modern kitchen—with all the comfort and warmth of more traditional designs—ideal for entertaining or feeding a busy family.

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