Bold and trendy was something this client did not shy away from. The moment they saw the proposed palette of bright white subway, marble quartz, deep rich navy cabinets, and gold hardware they were sold.
This kitchen is a real stunner, and a bold statement piece for both the client and us as designers. This fine piece of craftsmanship was created in collaboration with Potter Construction, and was awarded 2nd place at the 2018 NKBA Puget Sound Design Competition.
The objectives of this project was to create a beautiful space with rich colors and unusual patterns, an open and efficient kitchen perfect for a growing family as well as entertaining. The layout needed to function for two people to work in the kitchen, without tripping over each other. The island was literally at the center of attention – it needed to be big enough for baking and seating a number of kids. In the original layout there was also a large dining table that the family wanted to keep in the kitchen.
However, as the kitchen is integrated with the family room, it was important to not overpower the cozy family space and maintain enough clearance between kitchen island, dining table and the family room. This proved to be an impossible equation within the given space, so to illustrate how tight the space was going to be, we taped out their kitchen on the subfloor for the client to get a life size illustration of the proportions.
In the end, the client decided to do a smaller island with storage to one side only, with added depth to the end panels to support the counter top and create a space into which the bar stools fit perfectly. We wanted to keep the open feeling of the space, keeping the wall with the window and glass doors void of cabinetry. Floating shelves gave us storage without closing off the kitchen, adding to the trendy look and providing a place for the client to rotate seasonal accessories and décor. The vertical herringbone tile pattern that extended to the full height of the walls also added to this trendy and fun space!
Function and form is always a tricky balance with kitchen remodels. For this kitchen it was especially puzzling. Their charming cottage was ideal for family interaction; but the clients like to cook and entertain so we needed to create a kitchen that was larger than the existing but still maintained charm and intimacy!