While it was undeniable that the original kitchen could use updated cabinets and new countertops, it was challenging for our clients to not make decisions based on personal taste. However, as this wasn’t going to be their forever home, and they were intending to sell it down the road, they curbed their personal preferences as much as possible with the help of our designer in order to make selections that may appeal to a larger market. Yet, they planned to live in the home for a few more years and wanted elements to remain fun. They achieved this through accent details.
Functionality was by far the bigger problem. Our team tackled this by rearranging and updating the appliances and encouraging our clients to invest in a stove hood instead of relying on an above microwave vent. With that change made, we relocated the microwave and had it inset among the cabinets. The fridge also shifted positions.
Before:The kitchen was a kaleidoscope of color, and while admittedly fun and playful, bright color schemes like that are much harder to sell on the market. Plus a change in color allowed for updated, improved materials.
After: While our designer purposely chose a muted color scheme, she found creative ways to add hints of fun throughout the space. The walls are painted light grey, with a bright coral accent wall in the back to allow for a dash of character. A classic white subway tile is installed on the wall above the sink to give the room some texture and dimension, along with a blue mosaic pattern on the parallel wall.
Before: The kitchen had a choppy layout in which the fridge was placed in a pantry room just beyond the kitchen. The pantry included a laundry space, as well as additional food storage. The entrance to the dining room was also the width of a standard doorway, making both the kitchen and dining room feel cramped and closed off.
After: The wall separating the pantry from the kitchen is removed and replaced with new cabinet storage. The appliances are rearranged to allow for more functional cooking and space, starting with moving the fridge. The entrance to the dining room is expanded, creating the illusion of an open floor plan, without losing too much storage space. The other wall of the pantry is used to create a cozy coffee nook, complete with a built in wine rack.