Since you can look right into the kitchen from the front door of this 1909 Beaux Arts townhouse, it had to live up to its surroundings. "White never came into my head," says designer Christopher Peacock. "It was more about dark, masculine colors." He envisioned a handsome room with period-appropriate details and a few surprises — like the slab of raw wood that seems to grow out of the island.
1. BRASS HARDWARE
"Satin brass is not shiny. It's soft and warm," Peacock says. He likes the way it looks against Farrow & Ball's Tanner's Brown paint on the traditional raised-panel cabinetry from his Lambourne collection. The dark color adds a sense of age to the room and sets up a striking contrast to light countertops in Silestone's Lyra, veined with black and brown.
2. PLAID BACKSPLASH
When Peacock walked into the AKDO tile showroom and saw their new Balmoral Plaid pattern, he immediately thought of a classic Burberry raincoat. It fit right in with the tailored look he was after; he set it on a diagonal for more energy. "Initially I was going to use it everywhere, but then I decided it would have more impact as a focal point over the Dacor range."
3. RAW WOOD
"An island can look like a monolithic block unless you do something to make it interesting," Peacock says. He found a gorgeous chunk of English wych elm at Grothouse Lumber and used it to anchor the seating area, keeping the live edge as a reminder of the garden outside. A bit of leftover wood was turned into six drawer-fronts, flanking the range.
4. OVERSCALE LIGHTS
Peacock chose the Marlowe lanterns from Remains Lighting because they were big and geometric, which suits the large room. "And you can see right through them, so they don't block the view." The brass framework echoes the brass hardware. "I want all the elements to be harmonious," Peacock says. "But nothing should dominate. I always try to balance a room."
This article originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Miescisko.