Everything But The Kitchen Sink
To add visual interest to a Coronado condo’s kitchen, designer Roni Lechtenberg mimicked the island’s curve in the drop ceiling.
Now that everything except the sink has been moved in this Coronado penthouse kitchen, the cooking area finally has the ocean view it deserves. Although obtaining the panoramic lookout to the sea and Coronado Bay Bridge from this penthouse aerie was first on the priority list for Roni Lechtenberg’s clients, easy access and low maintenance weren’t far behind.
“When I removed one of the walls to open the kitchen into the dining room/living room area, it allowed for the ocean views and also gave me the space to add an island and eating bar,” Roni says. “The back side of the island has pullout trash and recycling bins and deep storage for larger items.”
Durable, hardwearing quartz slab on countertops is a breeze to clean and defines the kitchen’s new, sleek style. The glass backsplash adds a textured accent and brings in dash with its color variations.
“We selected grays and whites with dark wood,” Roni says. “The clients wanted a color palette that was masculine but that also allowed for pops of color in art and accessories.”
Quarter-sawn wenge veneer cabinets complement the porcelain tile kitchen flooring and the adjoining dining/living
room’s wood floor. The floors embrace one another in a patterned dance — an energized merger that marks a departure from the usual.
“The transition from wood to tile was an opportunity to do something different and bring the kitchen into the dining area and vice versa,” Roni explains. “To cut the transition off at the wall would have been predictable.”
Curved-back barstools echo the island’s curve. Their contemporary styling is similar to nearby chairs that surround the circular, glass dining table.