Everyone knows that the heart of the house is the kitchen. Whether it’s sharing a meal with the family or chatting with friends over the last dinner party, this is the room that is filled with treasured memories. If you’re looking to make those future memories a little more stylish, turn to These Kitchen Renovations for tips and inspiration for your next home project.
The easy solution
Even interior designer Stacey Dobrovolny of 2 Navy Lane was amazed at the huge transformation this kitchen has undergone with just a few simple updates.
The owners, a husband and wife with two college-aged children, hired Dobrovolny to refresh their builder-quality kitchen. They wanted to keep the L-shaped layout because the kitchen worked well – it just looked old fashioned.
“They wanted their cabinets to be updated without replacing them, so we decided to paint them and add new hardware,” says Dobrovolny, who chose a crisp white for the peripheral cabinets and a contrasting navy blue for the ones. island cabinets. This blue was also chosen to coordinate with the color of the walls of the adjoining dining room, which opens onto the kitchen by a small hallway.
Meanwhile, Wayfair’s silver handles and knobs completed the new look of the cabinets, lending a nautical feel to the result.
A gray-veined granite that resembles marble but is more durable was selected for the countertops, complementing the palette of white, navy blue and gray. A decorative glass brick tile backsplash brought the color palette together with its reflective sheen, and new fixtures rounded out the update.
“The kitchen tended to be very dark, so we added three open-frame pendant lights above the island and also a chandelier above the dining table,” says Dobrovolny. “The island’s pendants have become the jewels of the kitchen. “
The little wonder
Arlington-based interior designer, Katie Buck of 1225 Designs, collaborated on the redesign of this American kitchen with OHI Design. The 1940s home had been updated and refreshed over the years, but it was time to redo the kitchen.
“To make the small space feel as big as possible, we chose simple cabinet fronts,” Buck explains of the clean-lined built-in cabinets used for both storage and large appliance panels. “I find that if you minimize visual distractions, a place naturally feels bigger. “
Just because a space is small doesn’t mean it can’t be special. Buck selected an encaustic tile (that is, a tile made of layers of clay forming an intricate pattern) for a backsplash that extends to the ceiling in the main part of the 117 square foot kitchen, which also got new windows to bring in more natural light. To complete the backsplash, patterned wallpaper was added to the front and back walls and the 26.5 square foot hump, which now houses a breakfast bar.
“I really wanted the bump to feel like a natural part of the kitchen, so we made the opening larger to access it and wrapped the wallpaper through the opening and on the far back wall. Buck explains.
Other special features include a small prep sink that has been installed in addition to the undercounter enamel main sink, giving the couple room to prep and cook at the same time. Gold details are also a nice touch throughout the kitchen area.
“The use of the gold finishes on the hardware, lighting, and plumbing kept the space warm and provided balance to the encaustic tile,” Buck explains.
The European look
When cabinetmaker Mickael Fonteneau of Fonteneau & Co. remade this Delaplane kitchen for his clients in collaboration with Duhring Construction, he embraced his roots. Originally from France, Fonteneau is a master at his craft, having studied cabinetmaking and furniture making as an apprentice with the Compagnons du Devoir, a French organization of artisans and craftsmen dating back to the Middle Ages.
“My clients wanted classic white cuisine with a strong European influence,” he says. “It was important that he felt welcoming and could accommodate their large family, including their grandchildren, while still being functional for country life, with plenty of storage.
From its custom designed hood, adding a focal point to the cooktop, to its full height storage cabinets, this 350 square foot kitchen is gorgeous and perfect for the family. The countertops are a mix of black granite and white quartz, giving the kitchen a sense of evolution over time, and the backsplash is a beveled subway tile.
Decorative elements, as well as practical elements like the wine cooler built into the wet bar, were important to its design.
“The kitchen island is painted blue, with an off-white glaze finish to give it a distressed look,” says Fonteneau of the island’s base which also features striking X patterns. “It definitely has a little French Provencal influence. “
Unsurprisingly, the unique blue color was custom mixed and inspired by vintage pottery brought back from Europe by the owners.
The Contemporary Farm
It’s hard to imagine that this Viennese kitchen was once a small L-shaped kitchen, with a limited number of dark cherry-stained cabinets on one side only, no center island, and heavy black countertops.
“The owners wanted a much larger kitchen to fill the space, with better storage space, better appliances, and a large island where they can congregate, prepare food, cook and use it for casual daily meals. “, explains architect and interior designer Charles Almonte. , who collaborated on the project with Sterling-based entrepreneur Denny & Gardner.
The kitchen has been gutted and transformed into a clean, contemporary space, with transitional farmhouse elements, such as Shaker-style cabinetry and open plan shelving.
The island base, which is finished in dark gray to contrast with the light gray peripheral cabinets, also features turned legs, a nod to the farmhouse table. On the contemporary side, the counters and island are wrapped in Q Quartz Calacatta Laza for a seamless look, and all appliances are stainless steel.
“To bring in more natural light and create a sense of symmetry, we added a large window and another matching skylight,” Almonte says of the kitchen lighting. “I wanted to respect the steeply pitched ceiling without adding any recessed lights to pierce it, so we went for an eight-pointed Sputnik-style chandelier that casts a lot of light. For the work areas, we opted for directional wall lights.
Almonte also designed a bar adjacent to the dining area that has built-in wine racks, open and closed storage, and a mini-fridge, leaving nothing untouched in this space.
The open kitchen
Alexandrian architect Christine Kelly of Crafted Architecture was no stranger to Shauna and Mark Hamilton, who she had worked with on an earlier house and hired her to renovate their new home, including creating an addition to the house. rear which incorporated a kitchen and a family room.
“Like most American families, the heart of our lives beats in the kitchen. We all gather around the island when the kids come home from school, and everyone talks about their day while mom and dad cook, ”the Hamiltons say. “We sit on the island for dinner every night. Our friends often form a circle around the island and keep abreast of neighborhood events. “
Kelly got to work, fulfilling the owners wish list for a warm and welcoming home with a 200 square foot open kitchen. The family room and kitchen blend well in the new addition at the back. “From the family room, patio doors open onto a terrace and a large drop-down window has been incorporated into the kitchen just above the sink so that food and dishes can be easily passed inside. and outside, ”she says.
The modern farmhouse-style kitchen combines white and blue cabinetry with gray quartz countertops and light pendant lights reminiscent of industrial chic. One of the unique features is a bar wall, with its hinged backsplash, floating shelves, base cabinets and beverage refrigerator.
“The addition has become the real center of their life with their family and friends,” adds Kelly, who collaborated on the whole house redesign with Bolt Builders.
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