Nikki Klugh Designs San Diego Kitchen. Functional and warm

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Written By Jim J Neal

Jim BradyIt all began with the floor. The material Nikki N. Klugh used underfoot to create a San Diego kitchen for her client might appear simple. However, it is actually two different colors of a durable tile that are arranged to imitate natural wood. Klugh describes the material as “rich warmth” and a combination of style, durability, and style.
The designer says that the design is a mixture of contemporary and homey. “It was about bringing in warmth, but also clean lines.” On a previous project she had worked with homeowners, who are avid entertainers and have busy lives. She “knew what worked and what they needed.”

Klugh designed cabinets that can hold all the items the family uses for cooking and entertaining. Jim BradyFirst? Plenty of space for their family and guests. Klugh removed a portion of the kitchen wall to make room for the large central island. She also opened the back wall to the garage to allow for easier grocery shopping. Composite countertops look like natural stone, but are resistant to wine and sauce spillage.
Klugh’s use of bronze fixtures and soft browns in her home is a perfect match for the Mediterranean style. Plus, she said, “We both love the warm palette of browns and gold.”
Klugh made storage a priority and decided to consolidate it into lower cabinets. These lower cabinets hide warming drawers and ice drawers. The space felt lighter and more open thanks to the removal of the upper walls. Floating shelves were also possible to break up the monotony caused by the lack of cabinetry. Klugh says pinstripe bench adds the final touch to softness.

Jim Brady The dramatic Bertazzoni range in black for the clients (which they later resold!) Klugh painted the island Sealskin by Sherwin Williams after seeing the dramatic black Bertazzoni range of clients. To keep the range’s focus, she designed a simple hood. Baja Casa Designs custom cabinets Floor tile: LDI Woodcraft. Ascale. Sink: Fossil Blue Faucet: Gicasa. Pendants: Crate & Barrel. Task lights: Clients’ own. Stools: Greathouse. Refrigerator: Sub-Zero.

Jim BradyRemoving ceiling soffits would have been expensive so Klugh disguised them by painting the same color as the hood. To better frame the view and give structure to the white walls, she painted the frames of the windows a dark brown.

Jim Brady “They are espresso people,” Klugh says of the homeowners. Houseguests will also enjoy the coffee bar as a great amenity.

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