A homeowner makes big changes to a tiny space to get a modern kitchen perfect for hosting guests or just enjoying a morning coffee.
When the homeowner first laid eyes on her home, she fell in love with every room -- except the small kitchen. The cramped space looked stuck in the '80s and desperately needed a facelift.
The solution: a fresh palette, a pretty window seat, and better lighting to create a beautiful blue escape. When she was in the planning process, the homeowner kept a file of inspirational photos, paint chips, and fabric examples. When she realized all the photos were of blue kitchens with black-and-white fabric accents, she got to work designing her dream kitchen.
To see the kitchen transform in three stages, continue to the next three slides.
To ground the bright blue walls, the homeowner chose black-and-white fabrics for accents. Window treatments, the seat cushion, and pillows all feature different patterns, but the black-and-white color palette brings all the elements together. When it comes to curtains and pillows, think beyond the bolt. Expand your search to bedsheets, designer remnants, and tea towels. Plan ahead so you can buy fabric from tag sales and discount stores.
Don't be afraid to experiment with bold colors. In this room, the bright blue tile is uplifting and adds plenty of personality to the space. Pairing this vivid color with white, gray, and black grounds the blue to prevent it from overwhelming a small room.
Chic tempered-glass shelves show off fun kitchenware and grant easy access to essential dishes. Using glass shelves is a good choice in a small space because they offer storage without adding visual weight to the space. After they're attached, the glass disappears against the wall, making your collections pop. Your local hardware stores can cut tempered-glass shelves to size.
Deep drawers tucked under the window seat make a perfect place to stash food and toys for pets. The plush cushion and pile of pillows on the window seat provide a needed softness to the kitchen. They offer a place to sit while gathering pet supplies and balance out the tile, wood, and glass surfaces in the kitchen.