Black & White Transitional Kitchen
02/19 Design Tips

Black & White Transitional Kitchen

The process behind our latest kitchen design

When working on this kitchen, we wanted to design something that would stand out while still appealing to a wide range of buyers.

Since this space is from a spec home, our team’s challenge was to make sure we created something that felt special and relatively neutral.

We’ve always been fans of light and bright kitchens, but sometimes contrasting that white, open-concept look with dark bold finishes makes all the difference.

In this kitchen, we did this by pairing white surrounds with dark countertops, a dark island, and even dark stools. If you’ve read our post on choosing stools, you know we don’t typically pair one-toned dark stools with dark islands, but we broke the rules here, and we couldn’t be happier with the result.

Black & White Transitional Kitchen

"I love this Kohler pull-down faucet for its industrial look, I have the same one in my mudroom, and paired with the big stainless sink and pot filler above the stove, it's even better."

- Shea McGee

“One of my favorite details is the still life we leaned on the counter, it’s part of a larger collection of still lives and portraits, and I love the depth and color it brings to this kitchen.”

- Shea McGee

The black and white pendants were the perfect piece to tie in the color palette here. We used them in a recent, more modern kitchen design, and even though this is an entirely different style of kitchen, they work just as well.

When it came to the hood design, we did a more industrial shape with a smooth white look to soften it. Flanked with floating shelves in the same wood tone we used throughout the home; everything tied together.

Black & White Transitional Kitchen
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Studio McGee
  1. I’m taking a leaf out of your book and American-ising the kitchen in my next renovation project. I love how you guys have separate laundry rooms, pot fillers and huge islands! So much inspiration!

  2. Beautiful! I’m doing white cabs and a black island in my kitchen and it makes me feel good to see how well it worked in your kitchen! I read your recent post on white paint and I’m wondering if you would share what whites you used for your cabs and walls? Thank you!

  3. When will you share details about the backsplash? I have looked all over your site and instagram without finding it. Thanks!

  4. Beautiful space! Very curious how hood is constructed. Is it millwork from cabinetry place or drywall?? Thx so much! I’m doing an addition right now and looking for this smooth hood look!!

  5. Love how classic it looks. Would you mind letting us know what color paint the island is? Seems lighter than the great room paint.

  6. Beautiful work! Are those the large limoges pendants? I’m helping a friend with ideas for a kitchen refresh and we are trying to decide between the medium or large. Thanks!

    1. Hi John! Unfortunately out of respect for our clients, we are unable to share all details of this project. Thank you for reading!

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