Key to Kitchen Revival

As I may have mentioned before, interior design and remodeling most times involves some sort of puzzle…In this instance, my clients had a kitchen that they both liked and disliked. When the home was built, the kitchen island was a U-shape with a raised bar and a black marble tile counter. It had become clear over the years that the tile counter was not very user-friendly. There were grout lines that needed to be cleaned and the shape of the island and its two tiers didn’t allow for much counter space.

ON MY CLIENTS’ LIST FOR THE NEW PARTIAL KITCHEN REMODEL

■Update the look.

■A white marble-like solid surface counter and more counter space on the island.

■Keep the perimeter cherry cabinets, as well as the black marble backsplash.

THE LIST OF WHAT I THOUGHT NEEDED TO HAPPEN—ALONG WITH THEIR REQUESTS

■New lighting.

■Less color and clutter on the walls.

■No raised bar top and a change in the shape of the island.

THE PUZZLE

Figure out how to combine warm cherry cabinets, with cold marble counters.

THE SOLUTION

Bring some warmth and cool to the island and the same to the perimeter. Use black as a grounding color to work with the existing backsplash.

For the cool, the island cabinets became black and the shape a rectangle. We used the same profile as the perimeter cabinets. The sink: black. The counters, both on the island and the perimeter, are Pental Avenza Quartz which is less maintenance than marble but has a similar look. The walls went from red to Sherwin Williams Light French Gray.

For the warmth, we added round matte gold back plates to the cabinet pulls, matte gold to the pendants, and the faucet fills in all the blanks with black, matte gold and stainless.

And for fun—as there must always be fun—a black-and-white chevron rug, and French-style counter stools with a chevron pattern. Of course, the decorative pig in the center needed his own touch as well.

Even though the island is larger than the original, the kitchen seems much bigger because there is no raised bar to separate the space. The best part: you would never know that we only remodeled the center of the kitchen and not the whole thing!

Photographed by : Jennifer Ryan

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"As I may have mentioned before, interior design and remodeling most times involves some sort of puzzle."