A before and after kitchen/breakfast room remodel of mine from a few + years ago. The 1990 dated finishes had to go. Glossy small tile, dated wallcovering and window treatments, tired cabinetry, mauve solid surface counters and splash were out. The homeowner wanted a more sophisticated, neutral palette with a traditional look.
I felt the big space needed some contrast. The homeowner had selected the dark granite when she came to me so I chose a paint color in a similar value for some contrast in the cabinetry. All cabinetry was existing, we added some traditional details like legs and paneling to the island and brackets and seed glass panels to some of the upper cabinets.
I love the delicatus granite on the island. Doing a contrasting granite here took some convincing!
Look at that awkward backsplash. We spent some money relocating outlets and switches as best we could (with remodels sometimes that's all you can do) and I did a low backsplash that would blend with the counters. The switches that still showed were done in a Lutron color to match the wall color to minimize the visual clutter.
A corner fireplace that you really never noticed when you walked around the corner into the kitchen.
We went floor to ceiling tumbled travertine and furred out a bit to make that corner fireplace a star.
wet bar before
Before - looking through to the breakfast room and view from the kitchen
After Breakfast Room
What a beautiful view they have. We highlighted it by framing the windows in a contrasting color to blend with the black window frames. All her furniture was reused and reupholstered. We even just ended up painting her bar stools and reusing them.
Done some 5 years ago, I think it's stood the test of time. These clients were such a delight to work with. I went back a few years later and redid their master bedroom and bath. Repeat clients are the holy grail of an interior design business. You don't have to prove yourself again!
All After photos by Cliff Roe
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