We are guilty of spending a lot of our family time in the kitchen. And frankly, it's not always cooking! We tend to gather there due to the accessibility and central location of our kitchen. It's also inviting - which means it's light, bright and airy.
Those three factors are really the winning formula for ANY dreamy kitchen renovation! So it's no surprise that I took this winning formula and applied it to my client's most recent kitchen renovation.
Here is the before:
And here is the AFTER!
Now, these are the key takeaways! A common misconception I come across is that people dislike natural wood. Especially woods that are oaky and tend to have more of a yellow hue. They believe that if a room in their house is dark or moody - they have to part ways with it. I'm here to save all that natural beauty RIGHT NOW! We believe that character in homes is far and few between these days.. and this ceiling is exactly where it is found. It's easy to paint over wood and have a white on white kitchen. But even better is having an airy and light kitchen that allows a detail like this to come to life. Notice how in the post renovation pictures - the wood itself appears to have a different hue. Colours, fabrics, woods, metals (finishes etc.) are always playing off each other in a small space. Also note, I chose to keep the light fixture here! I absolutely love how it brings the entire space together - think of it bridging the gap between what was and what is! Remember, you can get a refreshing new look with just changing one or two elements within any given space!
Key takeaway number 2.. There is NO shame in simplicity! In fact, one of the things that makes a space inviting is the easy, live-in ease one feels when being in the space. I love to use handles that are elegant, refined and minimalist. Not every detail has to be eclectic - playing these handles down will let your light and bright cabinets shine!
I also encourage you to consider what it looks like to cook in your kitchen, live in it, what you want to keep in it, where you want it that to be stored..etc. The more time you spend planning out your dream kitchen - the more satisfied you'll be with your renovation! Everyone's routine is unique so it matters whether you prefer baskets for storage or whether you prefer other customized features throughout your kitchen that meet the needs of your family's day-to-day!
Regardless of your wish list.. I ALWAYS recommend that you meet with an expert before undertaking any type of major home renovation project! Remember, meeting with an interior designer, architect, or general contractor doesn't always mean that they carry out the renovation form start to finish. Based on your needs and budget, you can select what service needs you have and how you'll best be able to tackle them. I do many home consultations during early parts of home renovation projects that seek to provide my clients with as much information as possible. These can often occur in an hour or two and provide you with invaluable insight! Then it's ultimately up to you how you wish to proceed and what professionals you'll need along the way!
Happy light, bright and airy kitchens!!! And thank you to my VERY lovely clients for allowing us to share their stunning new kitchen!