When architect Susan Yun and designer Penelope August paired up to renovate an 1828 Manhattan townhouse for an artist, they weren’t afraid of color. Rather than play it safe with an all-white modern kitchen, Yun and August deployed a palette of purple, marigold, copper, brass, and pink glass. The look, while idiosyncratic, has plenty of genius ideas to replicate. Here’s a list of the details.

Above: An overall view of the U-shaped kitchen. Photograph by Devon Banks, courtesy of Yun Architecture from Layers of History—and Color—in an Artist Couple’s 1828 Manhattan Townhouse.
The kitchen has terrazzo counters and a copper sink. Photograph by Devon Banks, courtesy of Yun Architecture from Layers of History—and Color—in an Artist Couple’s  Manhattan Townhouse.
Above: The kitchen has terrazzo counters and a copper sink. Photograph by Devon Banks, courtesy of Yun Architecture from Layers of History—and Color—in an Artist Couple’s 1828 Manhattan Townhouse.

Materials

Yun painted the walls with Benjamin Moore&#8
Above: Yun painted the walls with Benjamin Moore’s Atrium White.
The custom kitchen cabinets are painted in Farrow & Ball&#8
Above: The custom kitchen cabinets are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Calluna.

 The countertop, backsplash, and integrated sink are all made with terrazzo cast with recycled glass with colors individually selected by Yun and August. For something similar, Wausau Tile&#8
Above: The countertop, backsplash, and integrated sink are all made with terrazzo cast with recycled glass with colors individually selected by Yun and August. For something similar, Wausau Tile’s Terrazzo Recycled Glass Tile Rio is available at Daltile. You can also source the style from Vetrazzo.

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