If I told you the secret to beautiful kitchens is as simple as listing it’s functions, features and the feeling you want to achieve for the space, would you believe me? It’s so true, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Once you know what functions you want (make a list), then create a focal point or “wow” factor. Focus on combining colors so that they work with each other in harmony. Next, determine what the feeling of the space should be. Do you want a formal gathering space or something more casual, kid friendly? It is really that simple. Next comes the fun part… choosing all your finishes and fixtures. Read on for a recent project that walks you through a typical kitchen construction.
Recently All About Interiors was hired by a local client who was building a new construction 5,500sf home in CT. While she had previously hired an architect and builder to build the home, when it came time for choosing finishes, fixtures and designing, she made a prudent decision to hire an expert specifically trained in the field of interior design. The client had a traditional style that was typical of homes in New England but wanted to put a modern twist to it. This was right in All About Interiors’ wheelhouse!
As a family of six, an open concept fit their lifestyle best. The kitchen, being the central hub of their home, the client was certain she wanted her kitchen to be beyond spectacular. A place where conversation takes place, laughter roars and good food shared. Interior designer, Melanie Langford interpreted the client’s style, the function and feeling of the room and hit the ground running. The designing begun…
Before Picture of Kitchen
After several weeks spent plotting and planning taking into consideration the client’s cooking habits and requirements, meanwhile designing with extraordinary aesthetics in mind, Melanie came up with a master plan. It was apparent that an amazing focal point was needed in this space. Melanie decided to create a custom hood to go over the cook top as one of the major focal points. She designed the shape and style and soon after, had it made to fit in beautifully with the kitchen cabinetry that was chosen.
Melanie selected amazing granite called Magma Gold for the island and countertop, fabricated and installed by Integrity Kitchen. This beautiful granite has cream, black, gold and brown tones with lots of organic movement. The granite, reminiscent of animal print, demanded your attention and soon became a second focal point. This spectacular granite was the perfect unexpected piece for this traditional kitchen in order to “kick it up a notch” and create a wow-factor.
The cabinets were custom built by Grabill cabinetry. Melanie elected to use an off white finish with pecan glaze for the perimeter cabinets and pecan stain over maple cabinets for the island feature. The combination worked in beautiful harmony together. The fixtures selected were a brushed bronze finish and picked up the walnut tones in the oak floor and granite.
This family enjoyed their morning coffee so a designated coffee station was designed to house coffee mugs, coffee pods and a coffee machine. Below the coffee station sat a small beverage cooler which stored cream, sodas and a few choice bottles of wine.
Although just outside the kitchen was the location of the walk-in pantry, this kitchen also had a smaller pantry between the double ovens and the coffee station for easy access of snacks for their children.
With four children ranging from 5-14 in age, a custom paneled refrigerator door with fabulous hefty handles was a must in this heavily used kitchen.
Although window treatments and a decorative tile backsplash have yet to be added. Here is a sneak preview of the tile that will be going in above the cook top and along the counters…
Hardware, lighting, furniture and floor stain all came together to make this custom kitchen a spectacular focal point of the home.
Although Melanie worked for months on the entire home from basement to roof (literally), this was one of her favorite projects in the house. A close second to this project, was the master bedroom and on-suite, but that is an entirely different post with more decorative eye-candy to swoon over.
The entire project was designed by Melanie Langford, All About Interiors.
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What aspect of renovating a kitchen to you find the most challenging? Feel free to ask any questions… I am happy to help you.