The Nantucket-inspired kitchen at 7 Tide designed by Judy Whalen, design director at Roomscapes Cabinetry and Design Center, is a bright and crisp invitation to imagine preparing delicious meals by the shore. “Everyone wants to feel like they’re near the sea when they are cooking,” says Whalen. To bring her vision of a natural landscape to life, Whalen chose a blue to match the color of the Aegean Sea for the walls and used white faux shiplap to encase all the appliances to create a custom wood hood and backsplash. “Shiplap is still very much in vogue, but the ways designers use it are changing,” she says. “We’re incorporating it in built environments rather than just wall coverings.”
By choosing faux shiplap, Whalen ensures that it comes from the cabinet maker with a flawless factory finish, making it easier to maintain. “It has beautifully consistent paint with a less rustic feel than traditional shiplap,” she says. The corners in the display that wrap around the full-size Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer and the Wolf induction cook top and wall oven read as seamless with no mitered edges. “The cabinetry is a calling card that visitors will want to go over and touch,” says Whalen.
“With just a straight run of appliances, I still wanted the space to have lots of character and a built-in feel,” says Whalen, who incorporated flat cut oak countertops and Ralph Lauren antique pewter finish wall scones to add to the homey atmosphere. “This is a city kitchen that speaks ocean,” she says.
She was so successful with the single wall she was allotted that 7 Tide added a six- by three-foot island, which Whalen outfitted with more faux shiplap and oak countertops. She created three functioning drawers and a ladder-style open shelf underneath. “They loved my Nantucket kitchen, and wanted to showcase more.”