Home design ideas: A kitchen in something other than white

A completely white kitchen was outside. That was the job of the homeowners in Wellesley, says Kim Tosi, founder of Gather Home. The solution for the kitchen? A black and natural oak scheme. Both Tosi and the homeowner were drawn to the drama and contrast of a black island against white and light oak furniture, along with brass accents for warmth. “As great as this kitchen is, it’s not over the top,” says Tosi. “It feels inviting and cozy, not fancy.”

1 Tosi decided on fittings and sanitary fittings made of satined brass to balance the black island and the stainless steel hood. The long lines of the handles accentuate the tall units.

2 tower cabinets made of white oak frame the 60-inch industrial hood made of metal. “We wanted the cabinets to look like pieces of furniture, so we modeled them on a dining room cabinet,” says Tosi. “They offer so much storage space.”

3 Reclaimed beams from Longleaf Lumber in Cambridge bring a bit of history and another natural element to the space.

4 Visual Comfort Bryden pendant lights made from aged iron are bold and carry black to the top of the room.

5 The team used Neolith, a surface made from natural minerals, for the countertops and back wall. “It looks like natural stone, but is much more durable,” says Tosi. “The warm and cool tones of the veins unite the other surfaces.”

6 Tosi maximized seating by including leather stools from Design Within Reach. “There was more space on this side as the other end extends to the breakfast area,” she says.

Marni Elyse Katz writes regularly for Globe Magazine. Send comments to [email protected]

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