Small Kitchen: Bright and Open Kitchen Makeover

This kitchen remodel brought in tons of natural light, a warm color palette, and a love connection for the homeowner.

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  • Lighten Up

    This once-dark kitchen had drywall soffits and a pantry in the middle of the room, making the space feel closed off and difficult to maneuver. The soffits were removed along with a partial wall, creating space for a more useful layout. Plus, a new glass back door brings in lots of natural light.

  • Room with a View

    The sink was relocated to the half-wall between the kitchen and the living room, so the chef can chat with guests while doing prep and cleanup. The stainless-steel apron-front sink adds character that's in line with the modern look of the flat-front cabinets.

  • Easy Care & Cleanup

    A raised counter behind the sink protects guests from splashes and hides kitchen clutter from the adjoining living room. Using the same marble on the countertop and backsplash creates a seamless and high-end look, and prevents too many patterns and colors from overwhelming the small space. Limiting materials also simplifies care and cleanup.

  • Build the Color Palette

    The combination of green and chocolate brown in the veining of the Perola Bonita marble inspired the rest of the room's color palette.

  • Add Efficiency

    A cabinet next to the refrigerator takes advantage of the missing soffit by extending nearly to the ceiling. Every cabinet needs to be as efficient as possible, so a combination of shelves and deep drawers fills different needs for maximum storage space.

  • Drawer Storage

    Deep drawers with removable pegs can hold various-size dishes and be easily customized and rearranged. Dishes are also easier to reach in a drawer than high inside a closed cabinet. The efficient dish pantry holds more dishes than two or three traditional upper cabinets.

  • Transitional Textures

    To complement the home's midcentury-modern furnishings, the homeowner mixed materials such as granite and stainless steel for a transitional look. Moving the range to the main kitchen wall allowed for plenty of prep space on the adjacent granite countertops.

  • Floor-to-Ceiling Storage

    An existing coat closet was turned into a kitchen pantry. It was the key to eliminating most of the upper cabinets.

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