“When working with a mixed kitchen palette of bright whites and natural tones, consider a dark island, which can have rustic appeal and can balance intense white cabinetry.” —Justin Sharer
A TASTEFUL BLEND “This was an ill-configured, dated 1990s condo,” Justin Sharer, left, says when describing this recent Northville project, above. The goal was to “transform the kitchen into a bright and contemporary living space,” says Sharer, owner of the nearly 5-year-old Plymouth-based Sharer Design Group (sharerdesigngroup.com). The custom-designed island is awash in a custom brown-black paint that’s evocative of espresso. Contemporary cabinetry, in Intense White by Benjamin Moore, is the splash of cream this java-inspired space needed. A walnut with sapwood countertop complements the overall look.
Clockwise from left: Pam bar stool, $710, Ligne Roset, Birmingham, ligneroset.com; See Saw tray, price upon request, Henredon Interior Design Showroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy, michigandesign.com; Montmartre placemat, cafe, $24, Jonathan Adler, jonathanadler.com; and Dish, $12, West Elm, Birmingham, westelm.com. Product styling by Giuseppa Nadrowski.
Benjamin Moore Java-Inspired Browns,clockwise, from top left: Espresso Dark, Everard Coffee, Espresso Bean, Java.