“Locally Grown” Kitchen
– Corvallis, OR –
“Natural” and “modern” are two styles many might not attempt to mix in an interior space, but that’s exactly what these clients wanted. With the goals of creating an easy to clean but fun and unique kitchen, as well as the desire to use local natural and recycled elements, we set forth to create a more open kitchen with stained oak cabinetry and as much natural feeling elements as possible.
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Our clients began with a kitchen and dining room area that was abruptly cut off by upper cabinets in between the two. Their biggest goal was to make the space feel like one cohesive kitchen-dining space. Luckily, the existing shape of the room was already well laid out, so the kitchen was reoriented to take advantage of that. Adding an island quickly solved the problem of the lost storage from removing the whole row of upper cabinets, without sacrificing any of the open feel. To further make the space feel brighter and more open, recessed lighting was added throughout. A unique modern lighting fixture was added above the dining table for that extra fun element that our clients were looking for.
Though the cabinets are in a modern slab style, the natural stain on both them and the floor brings the whole design back down to earth. The counter tops are Pental Quartz, which is non-staining, and are in a color that mimics the texture of concrete. This element was a great way to add a modern industrial touch and still feel very natural and easy. The white backsplash looks clean and natural at first glance, but is made more interesting by using tile in trapezoid shapes. Recycled blue glass cabinet knobs on the white cabinetry on the far wall add another unique and natural element.
Using local and recycled elements is a truly admirable way to add personality to your space and it doesn’t restrict you to any particular style of design. Sometimes the best spaces come when you fuse two things that aren’t normally used together.
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