For designer Tobi Schmidt of Tobi Schmidt Designs, the inspiration for this kitchen remodel was to make a statement and have the space be glamorous. Mission accomplished.
Designed for a family of four transitioning from New York City to the suburbs, the client wanted a striking contrast and an elevated look.
With a color palette consisting of black and white with brass details, the design is sophisticated yet dramatic. “I really love how even with the lack of color, it still looks so striking,” says Schmidt. “Sometimes bringing in too much brass can be overwhelming, but in this space, it really ties the kitchen together.”
The countertops also add drama to the space. “The quartz counters allow for the black veining to be intentional and bold and really pop against the white,” says Schmidt. And the glass-and-brass pendants don’t compete but rather add another layer of sophistication.
The team added a bar to the kitchen, so it really is the ultimate place to entertain, whether it’s just the family, or they are having a larger gathering.
“I love when a bar area is integrated into the kitchen,” says Schmidt. “The kitchen is the heart of the home and a place to entertain and enjoy. Tying a bar into the space is a great way to keep your entertainment vibe fun and flowing.”
Dark-colored kitchens are making a comeback in a big way, but Schmidt says they can also be classic. “Traditionally, white cabinetry is safe and timeless,” she says, “but dark kitchens can be as well. I think the key is choosing a color that is neutral: navy, black, and grays are all neutrals that will stand the test of time.”
As with so many design projects, especially these days, the biggest challenges involved supply-chain issues, backorders, and items arriving damaged. “With patience, we worked through them and were grateful for clients who were extremely understanding,” says Schmidt.