Black and White Kitchen Design Project

Over the course of Homefest’s 20+ years, several customers have asked us for help designing the interior of their home. It wasn’t a service that we originally had planned to offer, but it made sense with our mix of lighting, furniture, artwork, bedding, decorative accessories and area rugs. Since the first request a dozen years ago, we’ve been involved with projects that range from a one-room kitchen re-model to several top-to-bottom total makeovers.

We recently finished a kitchen remodel for a couple of empty-nesters who wanted to open up a small, awkward kitchen and create a more functional space that would become the heart of the home for their large, extended family. We love the way Black and White Kitchen Design Project turned out.  The simplicity of the black and white color scheme is classic and modern at the same time.

Key Design Elements:

  • For this job, a north facing wall was bumped out and extended 10 feet to allow a soft seating area for the owners to enjoy morning coffee and evening beverages.
  • A tiny island was rotated and re-sized to an 11 x 5 foot dining and prep space for the owners who love to cook and entertain for large gatherings of friends and family.
  • A wall between the kitchen and enclosed dining room was removed to open the two rooms up to one another and create the sense that the two rooms were one.

 It’s All in the Detail:

  • We chose a color palette that would keep the perimeter bright and open, light colored walls were accented with a white Calacatta marble subway tile back-splash and large Calacatta slab for the top of the island.
  • The island and beverage wall were anchored by painting the cabinets contrasting black and using an Ann Sacks mosaic as a feature on the beverage wall.
  • The decorative accessories were kept clean yet soulful. Montes Doggett ceramics are both functional serving pieces and countertop conversation starters. Match dinnerware provides a timeless elegance. Simon Pearce glassware, with its striking simplicity, offers character and function and Jan Barboglio accessories bring the romance and spirituality of old Mexico.

Although a compact space, new life was breathed into this kitchen by using a neutral color palette and maximizing the gathering space with the large island, maintaining a sense of ease and comfort for the owners’ children and grandchildren. The enlarged seating area, with its wall of glass, brings the outside in and creates the sense that the owners’ rural property is an extension of the interior. Once a cramped and uncomfortable space, this updated kitchen has become the heart of the home.

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