Little Green Kitchen

Small, sad, brown galley kitchen transformed to colorful cook’s dream

Home to a young family of diplomats, this tiny kitchen in a Victorian building lacked character, light, and practicality. Drawing from their visually rich experiences abroad, the owners requested a solution featuring bold color and pattern. As avid cooks, they also desired larger appliances and extensive storage, while maximizing daylight in the room.

The tight space demanded simplicity, so the design approach favored cabinet-clad appliances, a concealed exhaust hood, and tight-tolerance flush cabinet doors. Custom fabricated cabinetry allowed for fine-tuning of dimensions to accommodate a larger cooktop and conceal a small microwave.

The result is a green and white color-blocked kitchen, rich in function and visual texture. Cabinetry wraps all sides of the narrow room, layering different depths and colors throughout. A leafy green ties together the built-in refrigerator, base cabinetry and dining bench. White cabinetry mounted high on the north and west walls stretches to the ceiling and is accessible by library ladder. An oak cap extends the datum-line established by the ladder rail across the adjacent white-paneled walls. Two existing windows flood the space with southern light. Honed marble countertops were selected to match the existing marble floor, while oak hardware, library ladder and cap provide warm accents.

Architecture + Interiors:
Semple+ Rappe Architects

Rice Construction

Leslie Schwartz


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