Low ceilings made this kitchen feel dark and confined, despite its moderate size. Raising the dropped ceiling about a foot was the first step in the room's five-month remodel. Next to go? The sea of stained oak.
White cabinetry, seafoam subway tiles, and whitewashed oak flooring give the kitchen a beachy vibe. The double-wide island -- it's more than a foot wider than the old one but still meets the 36-inch clearance on both sides -- provides a focal point and storage boost.
Subway tiles in seafoam green instead of the usual white give the kitchen a color kick. Run to the ceiling, the smooth, glossy tiles also provide a textural changeup from all the wood. Bright white cabinetry with traditional recessed panels supplies plenty of neutral color to the fresh palette.
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A mini office is a nice surprise in a bank of cabinetry. Doors slide inward pocket-style, so they can stay open without getting in the way. A small stool tucks under the floating desk without impeding foot traffic.
A half wall between the living room and kitchen gave homeowners a designated breakfast nook but not enough space. The banquette's oak finish was in addition to a sea of beige finishes.
Moving the partial wall back a few feet into the family room (and shortening its length) allowed space for a banquette and large round table. The bench tops lift to access storage space. Shiplap walls nod to an old beach cottage.
Two interior doorways created an awkward flow through the kitchen. The wall ovens, cooktop, and refrigerator lined up on one wall, and the island was a roadblock between them and the sink on the opposite wall.
Closing one doorway (now a pantry) and moving the other a few feet to the right improved flow. The built-in fridge lines up with the island, allowing a straight shot from the mudroom to the breakfast area. The new island contains what the cooking zone lacked: easy access to a sink. It features a recessed end to accommodate seats for guests who want to chat with the chef. Soft colors throughout create a tranquil mood that balances the noise and activity of life with kids.