Whenever I watch HGTV remodeling shows, my favorite part is the before and after, or what I like to call the big reveal! When done well, they show the many hours of planning, design, and the physical work that has been poured into a project. This is one my favorite before and afters. This young family wanted to transform the heart of their home into something that felt more like them. We were excited to help create a kitchen that was unique with several dramatic changes.
Open the Space
The flow in this kitchen was really choppy, the design was quite plain, and the whole room felt dark and closed off from the rest of the house. Clearly, this existing wall was no help. The family needed something with an open floor plan that felt light and airy. Knocking out the wall totally transformed the space to make the flow much smoother and more practical; while also bringing in more counter space. We added the island to not only create a focal point, but give the homeowners a place to gather while they entertain.
Increase the Light and Warmth
This is another one of my favorite angles of this renovation. Look how dark this space looks. It doesn’t look at all inviting, but redoing the cabinets and brightening up the paint color made a total difference. The herringbone tile and open shelving above the stove not only added a beautiful design element, but made this room a lot brighter. As important as it is to make a space feel light and bright, it’s just as important to add some warmth to a space. This creates an inviting atmosphere to not make it feel so cold and stark. If you look at the before picture you see how they had a gray and white marble countertop, fluorescent lighting, white backsplash, white cabinets, and gray walls. It just looks very bland and cold. There were no elements in this space to make it warm and inviting. By painting the island a darker color, adding the barstools that have a wooden seat, and painting the doors a darker color totally transformed the space. Just by adding a few warmer elements this kitchen took on a whole new look.
Thanks for reading along. Now you see why I love a good before and after image of the design process. It’s really gratifying to look back on a space that you poured your heart into.
“Keep the end in mind.” -Colossians 3:1