Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUN 2019

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thoughtfully, without rushing. By waiting until the kitchen is finished, you leave the door open to introduce something that may be missing." However, with one recent design, the honed Royal Danby marble sink and cooking wall backsplashes were actually se- lected before the contrasting leathered Silver Fusion quartzite island top. "My client fell in love with marble when she saw it at the yard," she explains. "I love using natural stone, and this honed marble is so timeless…like something you would've seen in Italy 300 years ago." The designer repeated the marble as the perimeter work- top surface. "In the past couple of years, I have been going up the backsplash with the same stone as the countertop," she says, noting a trend amongst her Manhattan clientele toward sleek and quiet designs. "It provides a clean, simple look that will look great for many years." Because her client has small children, durability was an important consideration for the island top, thus the decision to use quartzite. Juxtaposing its dark color against the white marble adds interest, as well as a bit of yin and yang, which she loves to incorporate into her designs. "I'm always looking for contrast," she states, adding that she also accomplished that goal with the leathered and honed finishes next to the sleek cabinetry. "It makes them more excit- ing. I think if I'd used marble all over, it would have been too much. The quartzite breaks it up." in the backsplash," she says. "But there are some instances where we find an amazing backsplash and design the kitchen around it. "Backsplashes can be a great place to do something fun, like a pattern, that may be a bit out of a client's comfort zone," she continues. "It's often such a focal point because it's the first thing people see. It's like a piece of jewelry that makes a statement. I compare backsplashes to incredible emerald earrings that you might wear with a simple dress." Such was the case in a recent kitchen where she 'jeweled' multiple walls with brightly colored Island Stone Palms glass tile in Spring. "Everybody seems to love this kitchen," she says, noting it's the most 'saved' kitchen on her Houzz site. "My clients aren't afraid of color and they've used it throughout their whole home. This backsplash gives the kitchen a clean, simple look with a pop of color that lends itself to the home's mid-century modern vibe." Because of the backsplash's prominence, Savarese chose to tone down the countertops via PentalQuartz's Venatino for the perimeters and island, which showcases waterfall edges for a furniture feel. Evelyn Benatar, president, New York Interior Design in New York, NY, encourages clients to select their backsplashes later as well, sometimes even waiting until the entire kitchen is finished. "Then you can step back and see what is needed," she says, adding that she's had some clients wait as long as six months before making a decision. "It could be something totally dif- ferent and out of left field. The best design is done slowly and In this bachelor's kitchen, designer Ethan Levy made a statement via the bold quartzite that sheathes the walls. He repeated the natural stone as the perimeter countertops and encased the island, making it appear like a huge chunk of stone. Photo: Nadav Havakook 44 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2019 COUNTERTOPS & BACKSPLASHES

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