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Installation Stories: A Neutral Wave Kitchen

Installation Stories: A Neutral Wave Kitchen

Tile shown: Wave in Sand Dune; Image: Daniela Goncalves Photography

The Cabinetry is a Massachusetts-based Kitchen and Bath Design Studio owned by designer, Marlene Ketchen.  Marlene and Design Assistant, Tara Callow, recently took on a kitchen project with the task of creating a "forever home" for their client.  Designed to be a space for the couple to grow old in, the team created a naturally neutral color palette with materials meant to last a lifetime.  The design team finished the project with one of our favorite Tile shapes, the Wave.  We took a minute to chat with Tara about the project and their Fireclay Tile experience.

Hi Tara!  First of all how did you hear about Fireclay Tile?

Tara – I found your product in an issue of Dwell Magazine.  I looked up the Fireclay website and was impressed with the beautiful tile colors and patterns.  I ordered some samples for the showroom and couldn’t wait to show it to one of our clients who was looking for something sophisticated with a contemporary bend for the backsplash on the cooktop wall.

Image: Daniela Goncalves Photography

What did the kitchen look like before the remodel?

Tara – The kitchen before had three rooms off of it that stepped down.  In order to expand the kitchen I knew we needed to raise those rooms up and create a larger level floor space.  By doing this we expanded the kitchen and opened it up to the beautiful views of the water off the back of the house.

The kitchen before the remodel

What type of look were you going for?

Tara – A mix of modern and transitional.  Warm colors and clean lines.

How did you come up with your color scheme and design?

Tara – Working with the homeowner we chose finishes that would create warmth in the room but brighten it up.  Also, we went with finishes that are neutral enough so the client has flexibility to change up accent colors over time when she needs a new look.

Why did you choose to use the Wave Shape?

Tara – The client had found a photo of a small organic tile that had a “wave-like” quality to it in a magazine that she brought to us as inspiration.  I immediately thought of the Wave pattern offered by Fireclay.  The size of the tile was perfect!  We wanted to cover the entire cooktop wall with tile and needed something that was dramatic and on the larger size so the wall would not get too busy.   The Sand Dune color, Wave pattern, and tile size worked perfectly with the cabinetry finishes and concrete counters the client chose. As soon as I showed her the tile she was in love and didn’t even consider anything else!

Image: Daniela Goncalves Photography

How did the installation process go? Did you face any challenges? Did you work with a tile installer?

Tara – We worked with our contractor and their tile installer who are both excellent.  Installation was quick and easy.

How much involvement did the client have in the project?  

Tara – She was very much involved.  This is she and her husband’s “forever home" that they plan to grow old in so they both participated in the design and in selecting the finishes.

Thanks for chatting with us, Tara!

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