Luscious materials, layers of texture and elegant styling work together to create a harmonious space
“Nothing was left to chance in renovating this 1980s Greenwood Village kitchen,” says designer Rob Osgard of Rob’s Interiors and Howard Lorton Galleries. “We were paying attention to detail, and it shows.” Those exquisite detail—limestone floors laid in a classic French pattern, custom cabinetry with leaded-glass doors, hand-glazed tiles and a one-of-a-kind range hood—were admittedly a bit over-the-top, but with good reason. “The kitchen had to match the home and personality of the homeowners, who have European taste and flair,” says Osgard.
Right from the start, the designer made a grand statement with the stunning focal point of the room: an intricate range hood comprised of 17 different hand-glazed tiles from Decorative Materials, including mosaics, listellos and scrolled corner brackets. “It took a good part of a day to draw and design the hood—it was like putting a puzzle together,” says Osgard, who worked closely with Sasha Shaulsky of Colorado Tile Installers. “We taped the one-to-one scale drawing to the ceiling and rolled it down. The homeowner, who was very involved, said, ‘That’s it!’—and a kitchen was born.”
The hood drove the design for the entire space, Osgard says. He complemented the tiles’ delicate natural tones with creamy painted and glazed custom cabinetry. “We created movement by layering the cabinets—in and out, up and down—adding shadows, depth and interest,” he says. Decorative crown moldings, columns and furniture-style legs augment the Old-World feel.
The designer embellished a dark cherry island with reeded Corinthian columns, adding an element of contrast to the light palette. He varied the countertop materials, installing honed Calcutta marble on the perimeter and Bursa Blue granite on the island, and introduced more warmth with oil-rubbed bronze hardware. French limestone floors laid in a classic Versailles pattern have a rich variation in color. They were placed strategically to show the fossils embedded in the stone.
Leaded glass doors on the peninsula and curio cabinets allow the homeowner to display her collections of Presidential china and Italian pottery. “She has so many lovely pieces and we wanted all of them to have their spot,” Osgard says. “We let the kitchen be the backdrop for layering on all the pretties.”
Get the Look
- Marble countertops develop a rich patina with age and use.
- Legs and columns on cabinetry provide the look of fine furniture.
- Bright red range knobs add a punch of excitement to a neutral kitchen.
- Open shelving breaks up space and allows decorative accessories to be displayed.
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