Project Type: Renovation
Service: Architecture, Interior Design, FF&E
Often, a traditional design is the hardest to remodel and this is particularly true of one's kitchen. Balancing and improving function and flow against the need to meld with a classic style can be a challenge. This spacious kitchen forms part of a whole house renovation where the homeowners wanted to unite all the main floor spaces with a European feel using a color palette of metallic, citron and raspberry mixed with dark woods.
The client wanted the kitchen cabinetry completely transformed. The existing cabinetry had a very simple panel style with no detail at all and additionally it was all one color, white. A five piece, full overlay, solid wood reversed raised panel door and drawer with an applied molding was selected to replace the thermo foil, and provide a place to add distressing and glazing. Onlays were applied at the kitchen window valance and as a part of the hood to further enhance the classic styling. To add weight at the ceiling and make the cabinetry more furniture like, a three piece crown molding was applied as well. The main level of this residence had red oak floors and the design team was challenged with incorporating them into the design. Using a custom stain, we carefully blended the floors with the accent cabinetry to join these elements together. Family-friendly features include individual freezer and refrigeration columns. LED under cabinet lighting provides efficient and pure lighting for the work surface.
The island was enlarged to provide seating for the entire family and contrasted from the perimeter to conceal the heavy use it will receive. The walk in pantry was replaced with a series of rollout pantries which created more storage than the original closet offered. In the existing kitchen plan there was another challenge: a door located at the corner of the dining space which housed the headroom of the existing stairway to the lower level. Our solution: Incorporate the header into buffet's left base cabinet. Two cabinet doors conceal the structure and still make the buffet look balanced and grand. Other highlights included large hardware in complimentary finishes, custom crystal knobs on the buffet area, custom plastered walls and ceiling, carefully placed low voltage lighting and period chandeliers. This kitchen reflects the collaboration between client, contractor, and interior designer - the end result combines an airy through-space with a family and entertainer's kitchen - the new classic.