What happens when you are tasked with designing a kitchen in a brand new home that will serve as the inspiration for an entire sunny Southern California community? Oh, we’ll tell you. You go bold, and not that eye-catching backsplash or colored cabinet bold. We mean all black.
This is where we came in. Last year we were hired by Pardee Homes to design three showhomes in their newest community Vista Santa Fe which is located in San Diego.
You might be asking yourself – what is a model home or a new build community? Well, to get right to the point, they are projects that are constructed from the ground up. Meaning there was no existing home there before and it is all brand new construction. The design department of Bobby Berk has been working and designing model homes since we opened our doors 5 years ago so we have a long history of experience working with these types of projects. Today we are revealing the kitchen from one of the three model homes we designed for the community.
So whether you are ready to embrace the dark inky hues that black has to offer, or lean more towards a bright white space, here is how it all came together.
I’m sure by now you’re asking, “Black?”… “All Black for a Kitchen, are you insane?!”. From fashion to design, black is a color that’s always going to be considered classic (and when it comes to design, we couldn’t agree more) but the last thing any client wants to hear a designer say is, “We want to do every single surface in your kitchen black”. Yes, it sounds scary, but it isn’t – and we’ve got the pictures to prove it.
We wanted the space to feel open, yet intimate, classic yet edgy, fun yet sophisticated. With everything that we brought into the space, we feel like we touched every single one of our goals.
Let’s start with the appliances, traditionally in a kitchen you’ll find white, stainless steel, or maybe even integrated appliances that disappear behind cabinets. But when we found these gorgeous black options from Dacor appliances we knew that we had to use them in the kitchen. Not only did they seamlessly blend with the tones happening throughout the space but they provided a sleek alternative to stainless or the much more expensive option of integrating them.
The kitchen is the main hub of the entire house – it is surrounded by the living room, dining room, and entry, and also opens up directly into the back yard and outdoor areas.
Because of that, we knew that we wanted it to be a statement and a “wow” moment as soon as you walk through the front door of the home. To achieve the look we went black on black on black. Black cabinets, black marble, and all black appliances. To keep everything from feeling too cold or stark the dark hues were warmed up with the wood that was placed on the front and back side of the kitchen island. It gives the eye a visual break from all of the black and also helps to ground the entire kitchen and serves as a focal point for the kitchen. We chose to do a waterfall countertop on the edges of the island to keep the visual line clean all the way across the countertops and also bring some of that beautiful Silestone surface down the sides of the cabinets. Yes, you read that right, it’s not a natural surface but a composite which means it’s virtually indestructible.
Just off the kitchen is the formal dining room which is also equipped with a wine bar and opens up directly onto an outdoor bbq and kitchen. The space needed to be an extension of the kitchen both in function and in design so we wanted to mirror a lot of the same elements that we used in the kitchen.
The wood table was brought in to bring a bit of warmth over to this area of the space, much like we used the wood on the front of the kitchen island. It helps to unify the two areas and also visually breaks up all the black that was used throughout the space. Behind the dining table and on the wall we chipped out a section of the cabinets to again visually break up the lines and created a custom wine storage area. It not only gives purpose to what would have been a wall of cabinets but it now makes the dining area feel like a bar-equipped area that is ready for any kind of party. Who is ready to come over for cocktails this summer?
We are so proud of how the project all came together and can’t wait to show you the rest of the home. There are a lot more reveals coming up – and even more tips and tricks to achieve the look in your own home. To get you started we’ve pulled together a handful of the products that we used in the project below for you to shop. Let us know below if you have any questions on how it all came together or any of what we used in the project. Can’t wait for you to see more from this beautiful house that we designed.