Before & After: A New Kitchen for a Young Family Calls for Color
While oversized islands can work well in some kitchens, in this space the existing island was out of scale to the room. It made what is a fairly large room feel chopped up, and dwarfed the dining table nearby. The bulky island also created a barrier between the kitchen’s work zone and a floor-to-ceiling built-in on the opposite wall.
With a cooktop, charging station and five stools, the multi-tasking island was intended to serve as a kind of “command central” for the kitchen, yet with so much going on, cooking amid the clutter and chaos became problematic.
While the homeowners had initially met with Designer Judy Whalen to discuss replacing just the island and a few broken cabinet doors, Judy’s suggestions for transforming the space proved so appealing, they opted for a complete kitchen remodel.
The island in the new kitchen is in roughly the same location, but it is smaller and no longer contains a cooktop. Rather than a raised eating bar surrounding the island, Judy’s design included an attached table with a walnut top, which adds a warm touch to the space and beautifully complements the new wood flooring, also walnut. A light fixture from Dunes and Duchess casts a cozy glow on the dining area.
A freestanding La Cornue range in Provence Blue, which is on the perimeter of the kitchen, became the inspiration for Judy’s playful color choices. A hood was custom finished in the same color, as were the light fixtures over the sink and the edge of the ceiling panel over the island.
When choosing the cabinet pulls and fixtures, Judy once again let the La Cornue serve as the starting point.
Cabinet pulls in a variety of shapes, and a graceful gooseneck faucet, all in a soft brushed brass finish similar to the detailing on the range, add texture and warmth to the kitchen, and give the space a cohesive feel.
“It’s always fun when a client isn’t afraid of color,” says Julie when discussing another unexpected color choice.
She replaced the rather ho-hum French doors leading into the adjacent dining room with a sliding barn-style door in raspberry pink. Boom!
Alongside the barn doors, in the same space where that difficult to reach one had been, is a new floor-to-ceiling built-in. Not only is the new unit more accessible than its predecessor, it is also much more functional.
At one end is a self-service breakfast station – perfect for hectic mornings – which can be hidden with pocket doors when not in use, and at the other is a sophisticated wine bar. Exposed brick, from the mudroom behind the kitchen, arranged with open shelves in walnut bridges the space between the two stations. A countertop with a hand sink allows the unit to act a secondary work zone for those busy mornings and when entertaining.
Beneath the wine cooler is a refrigerated drawer for mixers, soft drinks and cream for morning coffee.
As is true with every kitchen designed by the talented professionals at our South Shore kitchen and bath showroom, function is given the same high level of consideration as form. In addition to creating a smashing space, Judy’s design improved the flow, and created two defined work zones. Innovative cabinetry options, such as the pocket doors on the breakfast station, drawers that have been custom fitted to hold dishware, and an appliance garage, make mealtime a breeze and keep clutter out of sight.
“We placed a big emphasis on the details – the custom-color hood, brass accents, warm walnut countertop, and brick backsplash – and all of the elements work together, and pull the space together, beautifully!” says Judy of the completed project.
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