For this kitchen in a custom build on a waterfront property in East Sooke, the homeowners wanted minimalist clean lines — and a great space for entertaining. Most notable is the dark cabinetry, painted with matte Benjamin Moore Deep Caviar, paired with walnut.
“A black kitchen can really ground a space,” says Justa Kendall, co-owner and president of Urbana Kitchens, the company that designed and installed the kitchen. “The clients have large windows facing the water and they wanted something that wasn’t going to reflect too much light. The depth of the cabinet colour helps balance the space and is softer on the eye.”
Urbana’s designer Stephanie Excell incorporated several elements to make the space optimally functional, including the large island — which seats six and has a raised bar with many outlets, designed for laptop use— and a separate bar with a small sink, bar fridge and space for a coffee machine.
Finishing touches that add to its sophisticated esthetic include the fully-integrated refrigerator, handle less cabinets, granite counter, porcelain floor tiles and a painted glass backsplash that reflects the view.
“My favourite element would have to be the added walnut touches,” Kendall says. “It adds a natural and warm feeling to the space.”
Kendall adds that it takes a team of many to provide kitchen installations such as this one. “We like to refer to it as ‘an Urbana Experience’ to give credit to all the behind-the-scenes employees.”