Vibrant Blue Kitchen
– CORVALLIS, OR-
With a cozy breakfast nook at the front of the house and a beautiful outdoor space in the back, what these clients craved was a kitchen to connect the two spaces. They wanted to have their home finally reflect their style and the way they live. Active in their communities, these homeowners needed a space they could use for entertaining, but their home lacked the open floor plan or seating space to do so. We set out to give them a better lit, up-to-date, and more open kitchen where they could have the elegance and spaciousness needed for company, yet still feel cozy and comfortable with their family.
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The home’s original design featured a vaulted ceiling in the main living space. The vault wasn’t continued into the kitchen and a wall separated the two spaces. To open up the floor plan we planned to remove this wall, but how then to deal with the two different ceiling heights? Our design team leaned into the challenge of keeping the space cohesive without raising the ceiling by incorporating the client’s desire for a large bar at the island. The solid wood bar seats up to eight, and matches the angle of the ceiling above it. The island also features a third level in between the regular counter height and the bar height. This unique tiled feature breaks up the monotony that could come with a white countertop on such a large island, and provides an excellent space to set things while cooking or serving. By echoing the angle of the ceiling above it brings cohesion and style.
One of the most unique things about this kitchen remodel is the bold cabinet color. Many people are hesitant to use such striking colors on something like their cabinets, since it’s a large part of the kitchen. But these gorgeous cabinets provide a stunning splash of color. By keeping everything else neutral – the white counters and backsplash, the stainless steel appliances, and natural wood flooring – we achieved a look that feels moderated and up-to-date. Since the cabinets bring the color to the space, the walls were painted an off-white. The bright blue brings out the best in every other aspect of the kitchen, and makes a beautiful design statement.
When it came to the breakfast nook, these clients said that though the existing space was cute, it was so disconnected from the rest of the living area and it ended up becoming cluttered and unused. Originally, there was a peninsula in the kitchen cutting it off from the already closed off space, making it difficult to even get to the breakfast nook. By opening up the kitchen to the living room we were able to remove the peninsula and the result was a functional and beautiful space where the family can have intimate gatherings, even in the much more open space they now have. The family has noticed that the new design has changed the way they use the space, without having added any square footage. It is a joy to wake up to every morning!
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