Calabria Kitchen Virtual Room: A Handsome, Functional Cookery

Kitchens must be functional, but this one takes it a step further by incorporating several high-end designer elements — and the result is phenomenal.

By Tina Jepson

 

If you’re the one in your family and friend group who plays host for holidays, birthday parties, and casual dinner parties, then a regular kitchen may not be enough to handle it all. What you need is a true cook’s kitchen.

 

You know what I’m talking about: large appliances, upgraded features, a deep sink, natural stone countertops, and ample seating for guests. All of these things are necessary if you’re trying to accommodate a crowd comfortably.

 

Are you interested in seeing a cook’s kitchen up close and personal? Why don’t you try out the Calabria Kitchen, a House Tipster Virtual Room that features just about anything a first-rate chef would ever need? It’s easy to use and is bound to give you some serious insight into what your future cook’s kitchen should look like.

 

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In just 15 minutes, I was able to completely customize the Calabria Kitchen. Here’s what I did to make it my own.

 

Hampshire Cabinetry

One of my favorite cabinet manufacturers, Hampshire Cabinetry, designs what I consider the highlight of the Calabria Kitchen. These grand cabinets feature a Windsor-style door which gives off a weathered, country-inspired vibe. It appears these cabinets are sanded along the inner edges of the cabinet inset. They’re truly detailed and custom! I appreciated how many color options there were (a whopping 13 paint choices), each one prettier than the next.

 

I’ve never given much thought to a green kitchen, but there was something about the Olive “Island Cabinets” and “Cabinets” that caught my eye. Wow, I could definitely work with these!

 

However, the Dark Bronze “Handles” didn’t complement the cabinet color as well as I’d like. Light Bronze was a much better option for this design scheme.

 

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Countertop Couture

Since granite and marble come in a variety of shades and styles, I thought it’d be best if I tried out each option under “Island,” “Perimeter” and “Backsplash” to find the best match.

 

Atlantis granite was busy but also worked well against the Olive cabinets. Once I discovered Arabescato, there was no turning back. This had style, but it wasn’t overwhelming in the slightest. The dark gray veining added definite character, which was something I was looking for in a natural stone for this Calabria Kitchen.

 

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Appliances for the Cook

In a true cook’s kitchen, appliances are one of the most vital components. Therefore, I put some time into consider what types of appliances I could need.

 

The Viking Side-by-Side “Refrigerator” was quite appealing, with its professional look and large capacity. That fridge could definitely hold enough food to feed a crowd! Plus, there were seven different color options. While I’d normally choose stainless steel, the Graphite Gray played off the colors of the countertops and seemed like a flawless fit.

 

In fact, Graphite Gray worked for the “Oven” just as well. It’s all too easy!

 

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Rounding Out the Look

The Calabria Kitchen was shaping up to be a beautiful, extremely functional room. However, I still had to decide on a paint color for the “Walls.” In working in other Virtual Rooms, choosing the paint was a piece of cake, but this color scheme was different from my other experiences, and I needed something to lighten the room a tad.

 

Clay Dust and Cafe Cream both added a neutral touch without being, dare I say it, boring. But the pink undertones in Clay Dust were too much for my taste, so I selected Cafe Cream.

 

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My own Calabria Virtual Room creation was certainly an inspiring experience. In just a matter of time, I built a dream cook’s kitchen space from start to finish. During the process, I fell in love with the idea of olive-green cabinets and darker appliances. Plus, it was fun to tap into my inner interior-designer!

 

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Have you used House Tipster’s Calabria Virtual Room? Tell me about your experience!

 

The writer of this article was compensated for their review.

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