Elevating a Bright White Kitchen with the Gleam of Stainless Appliances

Written by Kim Mays, Monogram content strategist

When the homeowners saw the vaulted frame of the roof for their home addition, they realized the kitchen they were adding would have standard 9-foot ceilings. They wondered if a vaulted ceiling would make the kitchen feel more spacious, so designer Arrington Russell of Restoration Interiors went to work on her plan. The result is a gorgeous kitchen with its “fifth wall” (i.e., the ceiling) vaulted and covered in shiplap and VELUX skylights. The white, mainly transitional style kitchen was featured in an HGTV shoot sponsored by VELUX, and the proud homeowners and designer are delighted.

“This kitchen has a great mix of styles with its modern tile and pendant lights with the farmhouse shiplap,” said Russell. “Everything came together to reveal a kitchen that feels relevant yet timeless.”

For a kitchen addition, that means it blends well with the rest of the home’s style rather than standing out. “For the kitchen flooring, we also decided to carry the hardwood already running through the home… we didn’t want the kitchen to feel like an afterthought,” said Russell.

Bright white elements make this kitchen stand out, especially the subway tiles and tile backsplash feature above the range. And the white shaker style cabinets connect all the pieces across the room cohesively.

With white being the main color, the homeowners were also in love with the idea of marble counters, but with a family of five including kids, marble required a bit too much maintenance. Russell found a stunning quartz by HanStone Quartz called Italian Waves. It gives the look of marble with its white background and veins of charcoal gray but requires much less upkeep. It’s one of Russell’s favorite features of the kitchen, “I love how these quartz counters complement the stainless appliances and the white color that runs throughout this crisp kitchen.”

Speaking of stainless appliances, the designer and homeowners agreed on using Monogram appliances in this kitchen. According to Russell, “They are absolutely gorgeous and gave the kitchen the upscale feel we wanted. We loved that they came with a great track record for dependability. The modern handles on the Monogram appliances also really feel connected to the pendant lights over the kitchen island. They pulled the space together nicely.”

We totally agree. These appliances definitely elevate the look of the kitchen and tie everything together. Kudos to Arrington Russell, Restoration Interiors, and the homeowners on a beautifully designed kitchen space.

Join us for Dwell’s #ModernMonday tweet chat TODAY!

Every Monday at 1 pm EST, Dwell and Design Milk invite experts and fans to weigh in on trending topics in design during a one-hour Twitter chat, #ModernMonday. This week, Monogram will be joining the chat to talk about consumer trends and appliance product development in America with special guests GE Appliances’ Industrial Design Director Lou Lenzi, John Colaneri of HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins, and Hufft Projects.

We are looking forward to a lively and engaging chat. Hope you can join us. Follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #ModernMonday at 1 pm EST today.

GE Appliances' Director of Industrial Design will join Dwell and Design Milk on the #ModernMonday Twitter chat today at 1 pm EST.

GE Appliances’ Director of Industrial Design will join Dwell and Design Milk on the #ModernMonday Twitter chat today at 1 pm EST.

A Closer Look at the Appliance Selection for the 2015 HGTV Dream Home Kitchen


This year’s HGTV Dream Home is bright, airy, and warm. It’s the type of home in which you can picture yourself cozying up with a book – in just about any of the beautifully-designed spaces – or, alternatively, hosting a dinner party replete with great food and wine, and lots of laughter of course.


From HGTV.com

The coastal-themed Dream Home is largely traditional in design, with a sprinkle of modern here and there. The kitchen is a good example of this, sporting transitional white cabinetry, glossy subway tiles and a clean lighting design. Monogram Professional appliances are a great choice for this kitchen from an aesthetic and performance perspective. Let’s take a closer look at the particular models installed in the HGTV Dream Home kitchen.

36″ Professional Built-In Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator: An ideal refrigerator for the entertainer, offering three full-width shelves to accommodate platters and large baking dishes, as well as four sealed bins for fresh produce, meat and cheese. The top two shelves are split to provide flexibility in storing items of varying heights, and the door bins can be adjusted as well. The freezer drawer is ideal for large items, and is equipped with a filter for the automatic icemaker.


From HGTV.com

48” Professional Range with 6 burners and a Griddle: The Monogram Pro Range offers a variety of features to help you produce gourmet meals with the highest level of performance and ease of use. These include full-extension self-cleaning oven racks (in both ovens); burners that can simmer at 140 degrees F, yet sear at 18,000 BTU; reversible wok grates; and dual ovens that both offer convection, proofing, and self-cleaning modes. A variety of configurations are available including a grill, griddle, or both. Available in Dual Fuel and All-Gas versions in 30”, 36” and 48” widths.


From HTGV.com

48” Taper-sided Professional Hood: The high-powered updraft chimney hood is the perfect accompaniment to the Pro Range, offering 4-level dual blower fan settings, 4-level lighting, and additional lamps for warming or task lighting. The taper style is a unique design, versus the more traditional straight-sided hood, and matches particularly well to the chamfered edges of the range.

Fully Integrated Dishwasher: The latest Monogram dishwashers utilize 102 jets (including jets installed along the side of the tub) to ensure your dishes, glasses, and baked-on cookware comes out sparkling clean. Bottle jets can be activated to clean all the way to the bottom of containers, such as sports and baby bottles – eliminating the need to hand wash such items. Other helpful features include brilliant LED lighting, a symphonic sound system (no more beeps!) and an optional third cutlery tray. Cycle options include Steam pre-wash, Delay Start and multiple drying choices. At 39 or 43 dBA, Monogram dishwashers are extremely quiet. All models are Energy Star-certified.

To see these models and other Monogram appliances in person, click here for a list of local Monogram resellers.