Before: Dark and Drab
Many remodeling projects take as truth that more is better. But a thoughtful design solution that doesn't upend every square inch can yield enviable results. Take this kitchen pre-remodel: It was structurally sound yet dated and suffered from traffic-flow and storage issues. The island wasn't entertaining-friendly and discouraged connection throughout the room. The homeowners wanted an entirely new space without the cost of a kitchen overhaul. A fresh coat of paint and creative planning got them even more than what they wanted.
After: Cooking with Style
A stunning vision in white, the new kitchen looks completely different but was built in the same footprint. The homeowners originally thought about making significant structural updates but instead focused on minimal moves that complemented and preserved the original architectural elements and proportions, making the space feel twice as big without moving walls. The new arrangement allowed for a kitchen island with seating as well as a bar nook that faces a bank of windows. Marble countertops and white cabinets give the space a crisp feeling, while accents of gold and blush add a feminine touch.
In the Details
The simplicity of the kitchen update resulted in major cost savings that allowed for fun finishes and accessories. Kitchen cabinets in white and airy open shelving make the linear space feel bigger; a streamlined vent hood recedes into the bank of cabinetry. Gold hardware, faucets, and light fixtures add glamour.
Before: Clutter Zone
Every kitchen has a drop zone, whether it's intentional or not. A great way to keep clutter off the countertop where you cook is to set up a family desk area designated for papers, keys, and more. Before its makeover, this kitchen's drop zone was hardly functional and an eyesore in the high-traffic area.
After: Take a Seat
A walnut built-in desk complements the kitchen's floating shelves for a seamless design.The desk is where meals are planned, schedules are managed, and homework can be tackled. Natural light from the bank of nearby windows creates an ideal space to work, while stylish gold chairs provide a comfy place to get off your feet.
The refrigerator and pullout pantry cabinet are now flanked by doorways to a walk-in butler's pantry and the back hallway. The setup eases traffic flow and encourages designated cooking zones. The matte-brass faucets emphasize the space's interplay of warm and cool tones. Installed in both the island and butler's pantry, multiple sinks allow for separate party prep and everyday meals.
A small counter below a lift-up cabinet door with a metal mesh panel is the perfect spot to drop keys and charge mobile devices. Away from sink splashes and food drips, this small nook takes advantage of unused space. The cabinet above stores cookbooks, office supplies, and other necessary items.
Before: Wasted Space
The bathroom across from the kitchen had a large shower that was rarely used and took up a lot of floor space. The room had become a catchall for clutter.
After: Storage Solutions
Originally a bathroom, the new butler's pantry is an efficient space in the kitchen that includes a wine fridge, a bar sink, and floor-to-ceiling storage. Open shelving installed in front of the windows maintains a high level of natural light.
Before: An Odd Mix
The homeowner knew her chairs didn't work with the mod vintage chandelier and table she had recently bought. The dark walls felt out of place, and she needed help making the large-format photo, an aerial view of a classroom, into the focal point.
After: Thoroughly Modern
Light walls allow the large art piece on the wall to shine. Chrome-accented chairs build on the glam look of the space. The vintage lucite ribbon chandelier was an Etsy find. Black accents throughout the space tie the vintage and modern elements together.
Bar Cart Glamour
Gold and brass accents shine in every room. The repetition creates cohesion and adds warmth to the cool palette of grays and lavenders. In the dining room, a gold bar cart mixes modern and vintage elements and adds interest under a large window. Drinkware and linens bring in fun pops of color.