When are diamonds NOT a girl’s best friend? When they adorn the walls of a dated kitchen! My clients’ dreary out-of-the-box 90’s kitchen was transformed into a bright, beautiful dream space for cook – read on to find out how!
The original kitchen was a monument to the late 80’s/early 90’s, with cheap plastic-fronted appliances, boring cabinets, mismatched countertops, plus those diamond-shaped wall accents. Yuck!
The redesign for this San Francisco kitchen remodel created a kitchen that’s warm and modern. Opening up the space around the windows and keeping surfaces light in color allowed us to capture natural sunlight, and traditional cherry cabinetry brought warmth to complement the sunlight’s glow.
Tear down that wall! That’s exactly what we did to open up the space and create useful counter seating.
With the newly-added seating, you can enjoy morning coffee and soak up the sun at this streamlined and space efficient counter area.
Sometimes too modern a kitchen can feel cold and out of place within a traditional home like this one that has cherry wood wainscoting throughout and original wood floors from the 1930’s. So I paired modern light gray quartz countertops with distressed pewter hardware, cherry cabinetry, and gorgeous limestone floors to give the kitchen warmth and soul.
However, limestone not for the faint of heart if you like perfect unstained surfaces! Limestone is commonly used in Europe and absorbs stains easily, which then develop into a lovely patina over time showing how much your kitchen is used and loved.
Previously, the white appliances were difficult to keep clean, and looked dated. Continuing the diamond tile theme, it made the stove look like it was an afterthought!
With the new kitchen design, the contemporary appliances work with the beautiful cherry wood cabinetry instead of fighting it, appearing balanced and modern. The natural stone and glass mosaic backsplash brings a hint of color from the walls of the formal dining space into the kitchen, giving them a relationship without screaming “I match”.
Can you see the traditional dining room peeking out at the right of the space? The built-in cabinetry expresses the history of the home and continues the warm and modern between rooms, making the entire space feel complete and thought-out, as if it always belonged there.
Would you like this warm and modern kitchen design for your own home? I don’t need a diamond, just send me a message and let’s discover how I can transform your current challenge into the kitchen of your dreams, today!
Kimball Starr transforms lives one room at a time by providing bathroom and kitchen design for all outdated and unloved spaces throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe regions.