“It means ‘kitchen’ in Italian, and I’m Italian, so I thought it just fit,” says homeowner Taylor Lavigna of the large black lettering that pops against the white backsplash in her newly renovated kitchen.
Favoring a classic black and white design, Taylor decided to put her own twist on traditional with little accents here and there. “I was going to keep it a little more simple, but I have a pretty loud personality and I like things to be different, so just to do a white kitchen, white countertops, white backsplash, is not me personally. And I wanted to add a little bit of flair without being too obnoxious.”
The light fixture suspended above the quartz-topped island has just the right amount of bling, while the two different backsplashes happily coexist across the room from each other.
The high stools tucked into the island were selected based on the fabric’s proximity to the color on the walls, a warm blue-gray shade from Sherwin-Williams that’s called Sea Salt. “I wanted a little texture in the room other than hard surfaces,” Taylor says of the chairs. “I wanted to bring something soft into the space and to make it more dolled up.”
Although most islands tend to include seating nowadays, Taylor felt as if her choice to incorporate additional seating was a must owing to the fact that the island and the quartet of chairs circling the small table nearby offer the only seating for meals in the home. She admits that she’s looking for a new table, something a little larger, but overall is pleased with the outcome. Small, but mighty, this kitchen is the perfect fit.
Resources: Designer: Taylor Lavigna; Contractor: Calvetta Brothers; Cabinetry: Choice Cabinet; Flooring: Sahara Oak, Urban Floors, Calvetta Brothers; Countertops: Rotherham quartz and Caloundra quartz; Countertop fabricator: Granex; Backsplash: Carrara Honed Basket Weave and Marazzi White 5×16 Bevel Subway Tile; Sink: Stainless; Faucet: Trinsic Brushed Nickel, Delta; Dishwasher, cooktop and refrigerator: KitchenAid; Wallcovering: Sea Salt, Sherwin-Williams; Lighting: House of Lights