Everyone knows that the heart of the home is the kitchen. Whether it’s sharing a meal with family or chatting with friends over the last dinner, 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 underwent with just a few simple updates.
The owners – a husband and wife with two college-age children – hired Dobrovolny to refresh their builder-grade kitchen. They wanted to keep the L-shaped layout because the kitchen worked well – it just looked dated.
“They wanted their cabinets updated without replacing them, so we decided to paint them and add new hardware,” says Dobrovolny, who chose a crisp white for the perimeter cabinets and a contrasting navy blue for the side cabinets. 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 via a small hallway.
Meanwhile, Wayfair’s silver handles and knobs completed the cabinets’ new look, giving the result a nautical feel.
A grey-veined granite that resembles marble but is more durable was selected for the countertops, complementing the white, navy and gray palette. A decorative glass-block backsplash brought the color scheme together with its reflective sheen, and new fixtures completed 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. “Island pendants have become the jewels of the kitchen.”
The little wonder
Arlington-based interior designer Katie Buck of 1225 Designs collaborated on this galley kitchen redesign with OHI Design. The 1940s home had been updated and freshened up over the years, but it was time to redo the kitchen.
“To make the small space look as big as possible, we chose simple cabinet fronts,” Buck says of the clean-lined built-in cabinets used for both storage and to dress up large appliances. “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 encaustic tile (i.e. tile made with layers of clay forming an intricate pattern) for a backsplash that extends to the ceiling in the main kitchen area of 117 square feet, which also has new windows to bring in more natural light. To complement 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 hump to feel like a natural part of the kitchen, so we widened the opening to access it and rolled the wallpaper up through the opening and onto the furthest back wall. “, explains Buck.
Other special features include a small prep sink that has been installed in addition to the main undermount enamel sink, giving the couple room to prepare food and cook at the same time. Gold details are also a nice touch throughout the kitchen.
“Using the gold finishes on the hardware, lighting, and plumbing kept the space warm and provided balance to the encaustic tile,” says Buck.
The European look
When cabinetmaker Mickael Fonteneau of Fonteneau & Cie redid this Delaplane kitchen for his clients in collaboration with Duhring Construction, he embraced his roots. Originally from France, Fonteneau is a master of his craft, having studied cabinetmaking and furniture making as an apprentice at Les Compagnons du Devoir, a French organization of craftsmen and craftsmen dating back to the Middle Ages.
“My clients wanted a classic white kitchen with a strong European influence,” he says. “It was important that it felt welcoming and accommodated their large family, including their grandchildren, while being functional for country living, 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 family-friendly. 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 integrated wine cooler in the bar, were important for its design.
“The kitchen island is painted blue, with an off-white glaze finish to give it an aged look,” Fonteneau says of the island base which also features striking X-patterns. “It definitely has a French Provençal influence.”
Unsurprisingly, the unique blue color was custom blended and inspired by vintage pottery the owners brought back from Europe.
The Contemporary Farm
It’s hard to imagine this Viennese kitchen was once a small L-shaped kitchen, with limited cabinetry stained dark cherry on one side only, no center island, and heavy black countertops.
“The owners wanted a much larger kitchen to fill the space, with improved storage, better appliances and a large island where they could gather, prepare food, cook and use it for everyday casual dining. “, explains architect and interior designer Charles Almonte. , which collaborated on the project with Sterling-based contractor Denny & Gardner.
The kitchen has been gutted and transformed into a clean, contemporary space, with transitional farmhouse elements, such as Shaker-style cabinets and open-concept shelving.
The island base, which is finished in a dark gray to contrast with the light gray perimeter cabinetry, also features turned legs, a nod to the farmhouse table. On the contemporary side, the countertops 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 sloping ceiling without adding recessed lights to break through it, so we opted for a Sputnik-style eight-light chandelier that throws lots of light. For the work areas, we opted for directional wall lights.
Almonte also designed a bar, adjacent to the dining area and featuring built-in wine racks, open and closed storage, and a mini-fridge, leaving nothing untouched in this space.
The open kitchen
Alexandria-based architect Christine Kelly of Crafted Architecture was no stranger to Shauna and Mark Hamilton, whom she had worked with on a previous house and who hired her to renovate their new home, including creating an addition to the stern that incorporated a kitchen and a family. Hall.
“Like most American families, the heart of our lives is in the kitchen. We all get together around the island when the kids come home from school, and everyone shares their day while mom and dad cook,” the Hamiltons explain. “We sit on the island for dinner every night. Our friends often hang in a circle around the island and keep up to date with neighborhood happenings.
Kelly got to work, executing the owners’ wish list for a warm and welcoming home with a 200 square foot open kitchen. The family room and kitchen blend well into 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 pendant lights that give a nod to industrial chic. One of the unique features is a bar wall, with its flip-top backsplash, floating shelves, base cabinets and beverage fridge.
“The addition became the real center of their lives with family and friends,” adds Kelly, who collaborated on the entire home redesign with Bolt Builders.
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