When it comes to getting the most out of your kitchen renovations, never underestimate the role of cabinetry. St. Clair Kitchens, a family-owned Alexandria firm, is one of the longest operating cabinet distributors and custom kitchen design firms in the Washington area, delivering the best in design and function. You can see their work on the tour, and below third generation Zack St. Clair shares two recent projects that demonstrate his eye for fresh design style. For even more design inspiration, follow St. Clair Kitchens on Instagram @stclairkitchens
White and blue in the kitchen is by far the most popular trend so far this year. As we speak I have about six other kitchen projects in the works with some combination of white and blue. A total over-haul in Old Town Alexandria and less than a block from the water, this kitchen features a huge island painted with a Hale Navy finish. By using a flat painted finish on the cabinets, the homeowner is able to pick a counter top with a lot of movement without making the design feel busy. Stacking the cabinets accentuates the ceiling height, and because this isn’t an expansive kitchen, we used inset cabinets. The inset doors allow reduce the bulkiness of the cabinets and keep things feeling sleek and light. The custom hood is subtle but provides an eye catching focal point over the herringbone back splash.
As is the case with most kitchens, the goal for this project was to find a way to create a large space for entertaining while also making it functional for one or two people to prepare a meal. The end result — the ultimate entertainer’s kitchen with plenty of space around the island that adjoins a large living room. The expansive and open concept features light gray painted inset cabinets and a gray stained maple island. The inset cabinets give the whole space a more refined, furniture feel. The gray paint tone of the perimeter cabinets is neutral enough that it allows the stainless steel furnishings and crisp white counter tops to stand out, and the continuous hardwood floors provide warmth and contrast. (By the way, we expected the gray trend to fade, but it appears that gray is here to stay.)
Based in Alexandria, VA for more than 50 years, St.Clair Kitchens is a wholesale distributor of kitchen cabinetry and countertop materials, serving three distinct segments of the housing industry. Our products have been carefully selected to fill the needs of the multi-housing market, the small to mid-size builder, and the increasing custom home industry. Our cabinetry offers the best value in the industry in each of these housing segments. When these products are combined with the talent of our design team, St.Clair Kitchens proves to be one of the true leaders in the industry. Because our work is custom, we meet with clients by appointment only. If you are a builder or individual interested in working with St.Clair Kitchens, just give us a call to schedule a consultation. Unlike other design firms and distributors, we do not charge for consultations or initial designs. We’re confident our work and, especially, the value of our products and services will speak for themselves.