Custom Kitchens: An Illusion of Space

The unique challenge for this kitchen was to take a naturally dark and small space in a historical home and brighten and expand it—without actually expanding the dimensions. Haskell Interiors design team, Haskell Matheny, ASID, and Sheila Stubbs, began by centering the design focus on the sink wall, cutting a wide window into the center and tiling the entire wall in iridescent glass, bringing in and reflecting light. On either side of the window, Matheny designed custom cabinets, painted a light celery green. The cabinets add texture and visual interest, and tie the kitchen design to the home’s historic beginnings. Integrated paneled appliances cut down on visual clutter, and Matheny grouped the tall pieces together in order to give a continuous flow to the perimeter countertop and make the space feel larger. A central island keeps traffic flowing for effortless entertainment.

IllusionofSpace1Historical Allusions
To balance the visual weight of the tall cabinetry, Matheny designed a hood mantle incorporating design elements – such as corbels, carvings and arches – that are found in other areas of the home. The unique and varied design pieces give the kitchen a sense of history and of being assembled over time. A mix of finishes and cabinetry styles keeps the eye interested, and a wood and Venetian glass chandelier punctuates the visual versatility of the kitchen.

Interior Designer: Haskell Matheny, ASID, CAPS, LEED Green Associate,
and Sheila Stubbs, Haskell Interiors