We begin projects by asking our clients to send us some examples of spaces they like. For this kitchen remodel project the spaces our client was inspired by encompassed two very different styles - modern and clean, and warm and eclectic. What a fun design challenge to marry these two styles in this kitchen remodel!
Our client's current kitchen is outdated and doesn't reflect the modern and eclectic vibes she loves. So we took a sledgehammer to the walls and hit the ground running!
We are opening up the wall between the kitchen and living spaces so that we can create a peninsula that will comfortably seat 2-3 people. This will also make it so that the first thing you see when you walk into the house is the stove wall. We always have one focal point in a room which serves as a wow-factor. In this space we chose a handmade tile for the entire stove wall, which will bring in that eclectic vibe our client loves.
We are building a custom built-in unit with a wine rack around the window and moving the fridge to the opposite wall in order to open up the space for the peninsula.
We are keeping the sink centered under the window and adding a custom corner pantry for tons of hidden storage. People are often shocked to see how we can fit a good-sized pantry into a not-so-big kitchen. In a small kitchen it's actually a great way to be smart with your space and (bonus!) cram in a ton of storage.
We are ditching these outdated cabinets and going with flat panel cabinetry to play to our client's modern taste. We are adding warmth by painting the bottom cabinets an earthy green and the top cabinets white. To further warm up the space we are installing custom open shelving and cubbies in a natural wood tone, but are keeping their design simple and modern. Lastly, we’ll finish off the design with brushed nickel cabinetry hardware (similar to these for doors, and these for drawers), a matte black faucet, and stainless steel appliances including a modern range hood.
We mocked up a few variations of these design choices for our client so she could see how they would play out in the actual space. We often know what our recommendation will be from the beginning but it's important to mock up a few options so that the client can see for themselves why we recommend what we do.
In this mock up we used a blue tile for the feature wall and dark wood for the shelving and cubbies. Although our client loves the color blue, we ultimately decided, and our client agreed, that this combination was too dark.
In this design, we tried a lighter patterned tile on the feature wall which made a world of difference and really brightened up the space.
Even though the lighter tile helped brighten things up a ton, it still felt a bit heavy to us. So in the above design you see we went with a lighter wood and reduced the wood wrapping around the outside of the cabinets. Once we put this together we knew we had the winning look. This combination allows for the gorgeous patterned tile on the wow-factor wall to speak for itself and without competing with the dark wood.
Here is a sample of the tile we decided on for the feature wall. And for the rest of the backsplash walls we chose a warm white porcelain matte finish so as to not take away from the feature wall.
We can’t wait for you to see the finished project. Make sure to check back for lots of progress updates and after pictures.
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