What happens when two interior designers get married and create the home of their dreams in Manhattan? Well, for one thing, a really beautiful kitchen. Come take a closer look at the kitchen of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent's Greenwich Village duplex, and maybe discover a few ideas to steal for your own renovation.
Certainly the most striking thing about this kitchen is its windows, which blur the line between wall and ceiling and give the feeling of cooking, if not outdoors, at least in a very luxurious greenhouse. If your windows do not magically turn into a ceiling you can still emphasize them by painting the inside frames black, which will turn them into a striking architectural feature even if they only just go up and down, like boring old windows do.
In the '90s, it was all dark cherry cabinets, and then it was all white. But now there's a new choice: black cabinets, which I (and Nate Berkus) happen to think is a great choice. In this kitchen, it's a particularly lovely contrast with the white subway tile that covers the walls.
I have been saying for a long time that if you can't decide what countertop material you want for your kitchen, you shouldn't have to pick. And these folks didn't. The cabinets along the wall are all butcher block, while the island is clad in a gorgeous marble. The contrast between the two is striking, and as a result the kitchen has the beauty of marble countertops, without all of the maintenance.
Although for the most part this kitchen is quite modern, a few traditional touches — like the faucets, the subway tile, and the apron-front sink — give it a timeless allure.
Just a little bit of shine
Nothing pairs more perfectly with black and white than just a little bit of gold. The gold brackets of the marble shelves on either side of the sink add a bit of an accent without being too over the top, and the brass cladding on the opposite side of the island adds a warm glow.