Dissecting the Design: Urban Connoisseur – The Surface Schedule

Let’s take a look at the surfaces in use in the urban kitchen that we have been dissecting over the past few weeks. In past installments, we have already reviewed the cabinets, fixtures and appliances.


Take a close look at this photo of the kitchen. Starting at the bottom, there is a beautiful, sustainable, bamboo floor laid in a large-scale, inlaid parquet pattern. It is the big size that makes this traditional pattern work with the other elements in this contemporary design.

Moving up to the walls, big size is used again with the tile selection for the backsplash. Laid vertically, the large tiles provide a nice, clean and simple wall finish. By choosing a very complimentary paint color, there is no harsh contrast between the tile and wall surface so the space feels tall rather than foreshortened.

The black countertops do a great job of not calling attention to themselves, the inlaid cooktop or the under-mount black sink. They are beautiful but they let the other elements of this kitchen take center stage.

Here are the actual selections used in this design:




Found in our Shop?

Counter Local granite fabricator Absolute Black No
Back Splash Artistic Tile  La Leaf Collection; EGLLSIL 1224 Silver leaf glass No
Wall covering Benjamin Moore  Gossamer Blue 2123-40 No
Flooring Panda Bamboo Products 3-5/8” vertical; V960-ACFM; Carbonized Matte No

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I am Theresa - the 'T' in CatTail Studio Arts. My husband, Chuck, is the guy behind the 'C'. Our tales cover our many interests including good food, adventurous travel, cooking, gardening, hiking, cycling, crafting ceramics, beekeeping and occasionally even cat tales!
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