A Cramped, Dark Kitchen gets a Bright Modern Makeover — Takes into Consideration a Multi-Generational Family.
When Sherry Hope-Kennedy, Studio SHK, redesigned this cramped, dark kitchen and adjacent areas, she envisioned a light-filled, unified, functional space.
After speaking with the family — doctors with two growing girls and elderly parents who often visit — she recommended that they open everything up and create a design that would eliminate hardships and provide good circulation. That meant deconstructing the galley kitchen to a more appropriate, open scale, raising the sunken living room to meet the kitchen floor for ease of use, adding more storage to aid in decluttering, and installing multiple overhead lights to brighten-up the entire level.
The open plan kitchen now overlooks an enlarged breakfast nook and emphasizes the dining room’s oversized-picture window.
In order to seamlessly blend his and her styles, which meshes mid-century modern with traditional aesthetics and Parisian colors, Sherry infused a neutral color palette of whites, greys, and wood tones. She blended natural materials, such as veined Cambria countertops, waterfall island and backsplash, with richly-hued walnut cabinetry. Wooden bar stools pop against steel blue, and a simple, modern double-globe pendant, creates the perfect balance.
To further maximize space, Sherry created a desk area with open shelving and added ample cabinetry throughout. She converted a cramped corner into a bright bar area. Using steel steel blue Nevamar cabinets, Sherry harmoniously blended the neutral- colored kitchen with magenta-colored dining chairs. Slim silhouettes allow light to bounce freely while the dining chandelier and end-piece, add a sense of authenticity.
The result is a livable, light-filled space that is both elegant and approachable.
The overall design intent was to establish a space that would accommodate the needs of the grandparents whose mobility is limited, while affording the family to live an active lifestyle. The mix of modern and natural materials coupled with muted tones is meant to be striking, and at the same time, soothing. To create a bright, open space, the walls that separated the kitchen from the main living area were taken down. Additionally, the living room floors were raised, resulting in a large, uninterrupted floor plan. And for the family’s large gatherings, bar seating at the kitchen island extends the adjacent dining room.
Kitchen cabinets: Kitchen cabinetry is a combination of walnut and painted cabinets.
Flooring: Walnut wood flooring.
Kitchen countertops, waterfall island and backsplash are White veined marble-looking Quartz from Cambria.
Stove — Dacor wall oven, gas range top, chimney hood.
Walnut Floating Shelves: Custom – similar here.
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Paint color is Benjamin Moore 2121-30 Pewter.
Refrigerator — Sub-Zero.
Photography: Bess Friday.
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