Designing a Tone on Tone Kitchen

If done correctly, a well designed space should accurately reflect its owner and their personality. A perky bathroom with vibrant color, probably has an owner with a bright personality and a bit of a hop in their step. A dining room bathed in bold prints,  luxurious fabrics, and lots of sparkle, tells us its owner knows a thing or two about being dramatic. And a den with rustic beams, reclaimed floors and simple fixtures, depicts someone who doesn't like a lot of frills and, rather, sees beauty in sheer simplicity. Today, we're focusing on one owner who wanted to create a kitchen with a tone on tone pallette. Enlisting the help of Caroline Sain, with CS Interiors, this owner was able to design an extension of their personality and achieve a complex look of balance, serenity and creativity. BACKGROUND: Caroline Sain graduated from Auburn University with an Interior Environments degree. Following graduation, she  interned and worked as an assistant with Betsy Brown, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama.  From there, she took a design position with Philip Sides Interior Design, before finally opening her own business, CS Interiors.  Caroline currently resides in Birmingham with her husband and three children.


Designing a Tone on Tone Kitchen

From the beginning, my clients knew that they wanted to create a monotone kitchen using various shades of gray.  In my experience, inspiration pictures seem to help my clients zero in on what look they are trying to achieve.  But even after the inspiration pictures are gathered, there has to be a starting point: a "must have" that is singled out to get the ball rolling. In this kitchen it was the countertop. My client  loved any gray and white marble, but she really wanted to use a different material; a stone that you don't see everyday. We discovered Madre Perola Quartzite.  It was a natural stone that was super durable, resisted stains, heat and scratching and was beautiful! Bottom line: It had a marble look but granite qualities.

Cabinet Hardware: Hardware Resources (Elements - Stanton collection)

The varying shades of light green, gray, and off white determined the colors of the cabinets. I decided to use two slightly different gray Benjamin Moore colors, Revere Pewter (HC 172) and Rockport Gray (HC 105). This created a slight variation without a huge contrast, keeping with the monotone look.

Pendant Lights from Restoration Hardware

To carry this feeling out even more, I chose to repeat these colors in several areas in this home. We painted the mudroom and butler's pantry cabinets Rockport Gray (HC 105) and the dining room ceiling Revere Pewter (HC 172).

Chandelier from: Centuries

Next step, the backsplash.

Mediterra Tile (Color: Pearl Ash)

A glazed 3 x 6 tile, provided the perfect shade of light gray. These tiles were handmade so they had a beautiful texture to them. It looked as if we had the color custom matched to the countertop and cabinets. By sticking with one color in this project, but using diverse textures, it created a unified feeling...calmness. Mission accomplished! Thanks again for this opportunity to share what I love to do!!


Love the look of this kitchen? Here are a few more details:

Perimeter cabinets were painted Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. Island was Rockport Gray by BM. Cabinets were custom. Builder of the house: Slate Bargainer in Birmingham. LG fridge Kenmore Elite Dishwasher Wolf stovetop GE Profile double oven GE Profile microwave Faucets - delta trinsic Sink - Proflo


Thank you, Caroline!  For more information about Caroline and CS Interiors, read below!


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(All images courtesy of CS Interiors. Photographer: Melanie Valekis)

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