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From Dark & Drab to Light & Bright: New Color Palette Helps Kid-Friendly Kitchen Shine

May 27, 2020 10:47AM ● By Alexis Trout
view of remodeled kitchen

These homeowners had yearned for years for a more functional kitchen space that fit their active family lifestyle. From the start, the project goals were to update the layout and create a more modern and bright kitchen and hearth room. This involved a full kitchen tear-out while the homeowners were living in the house. While an inconvenience, they faced the challenge head-on to complete their dream kitchen.

The first step was to design a more functional way to use the kitchen. We achieved this by removing the batwing two-tiered island and replacing it with a single, level, oversized island. This will serve as a place for the family to have breakfast, do homework, and enjoy each other’s company while cooking. We also redesigned the layout of the kitchen perimeter. The sink was relocated to the island and replaced with a massive 4-inch range and vent hood, which creates a dynamic focal point to the space. We then had space for a larger refrigerator and created a hidden cabinet pantry door entrance through the kitchen. (The original entrance into the pantry was off the garage entrance, so relocating this made access to food items much easier when working in the kitchen.) 

 After the kitchen layout was finalized, we took out the dark wood tones and brought a light and bright palette into the space. Warm gray tones were used for the cabinetry, and a show-stopping marble-look quartz countertop was chosen for the oversized kitchen island. The perimeter countertop is a deep charcoal that is offset with a unique backsplash tile featuring an elongated picket shape in a high-gloss white finish. The original dark wood floors were replaced with a light gray wash Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP). This product gives the look and feel of real wood but is a more versatile and durable product that will stand up to the demands of kids and pets. 

The same light color palette was carried over to the fireplace wall with the use of an off-white stacked stone applied floor to ceiling. The original cabinets and mantel were replaced with a modern design showcasing open shelving and a “floating” base cabinet. 

This couple and their young family had a vision of an open, durable kitchen in which they could gather and grow for many years to come. They wanted a kitchen open enough to play and cook together, but tough enough to handle the wear and tear of growing kids. It wasn’t easy maintaining their day-to-day schedule while going through a full kitchen tear-out, but they came through the other side with a kitchen of their dreams! 

Meet the Interior Designer
Alexis trout
Allied ASID, D3 Interiors

 Alexis Trout began her design career in 2012 and joined D3 Interiors in 2014. Since that time, she has worked on a diverse range of residential and commercial projects of all sizes. Her goal as a designer is to create lasting relationships with her clients, bring a fresh creative eye, and create inspiring spaces.