A Modern Blue Kitchen That Maximizes Every Inch
Smart and Stylish
Every inch of space in both the kitchen and adjacent pantry are used to the max. Placing a full-size integrated refrigerator in the kitchen affords the family more space for storing cold goods than a side-by-side unit. Located in the pantry around the corner is a separate full-size freezer. Separating the appliances provides adequate food storage without compromising prime real estate within the kitchen work area. This leaves the surface area free for food prep or buffet-style serving, like at the expansive island with a small utility sink.
Small, decorative details thoughout the kitchen and pantry spice up the space and add a splash of contrasting color. These flowers also complement the views beyond the home, and the vases add texture to the sleek kitchen.
A bank of windows fills the walls above the perimeter base cabinets. Preserving the view of the island's waterways was as important as planning the storage features. Positioned beneath a generous bank of windows, the sink's location transforms dirty-dish duty into an almost meditative task.
The stove top and two ovens gather on one wall. All are separated from foot traffic by the island, which acts as both a connector and a barrier for the appliances. A stainless-steel stove backsplash is easy to clean after messy dinners.
Wide drawers beneath the cooktop organize lids and pans while saving steps. The cabinetry’s conversion-varnish paint finish is durable and wipes clean in seconds. It’s made from a mixture of paint and varnish that holds up to all sorts of daily abuse.
When closed, this slender vertical storage cabinet close to the cooking zone appears to be two drawers, but it pulls open as a single unit. Side rails ensure bottles of oils and vinegars stay upright.
Special corner cabinet hardware ensures there is no dead space in this kitchen's corners. Pivoting metal shelves bring contents out into the open -- no stooping to reach inside a dark cabinet. Easy-care bamboo flooring provides eye-catching contrast with the cabinetry's bright blue finish.
A lift-up door conceals the microwave oven, placed in a cabinet below the beverage station. Its low placement makes it easy for kids to access. Low pullout shelves organize table linens in a way that lets children help set the table.
The attached pantry’s versatile combination of open shelves, drawers, and closed-door storage either displays or conceals contents. Frequently used cookbooks sit out, but seldom-used appliances, such as a waffle iron and blender, go behind doors. See-through canisters on the open shelves make it easy to tell when it’s time to refill snacks.
In the pantry, 15 precisely spaced drawers expose their contents for quick and easy access. Items are sorted by type: baking goods, seasoning mixes, canning supplies, etc. Located between the kitchen and a mudroom leading to the garage, the pantry also corrals items needed on the go, such as reusable water bottles and snacks.