The kitchen Cabinetry that had to stay!

Sometimes we don’t get to design from a clean slate and have to work with, or around, an existing feature. This was the case in our Yaletown renovation project. This Marinaside apartment had a kitchen which was fairly new, in good condition, and in our client’s favourite colour – red – so it had to stay!

Our clients loved their red, ‘made in Italy’ cabinetry when they purchased it from the showroom, but once installed, it just didn’t stand out, and we had to make it sing! As we always say; it’s not only choosing beautiful, quality materials that is important – a well integrated design is what makes it stand out and work with the overall design flow.

If you opt for bold colours in your kitchen, don’t play it down, go all the way and make it pop – be dramatic!

Colour, lighting, and material played an important role in the renovation of our existing kitchen. The new charcoal colour is now complementing the red and makes it stand out. The stainless steel back-splash replaced light blue tiles giving a clean and uncluttered look  (and much easier to clean too)! The solid piece of  wood on top of the stainless steel countertop adds texture and warmth in keeping with the white oak floor. (check out the Before picture below)

Opening the top portion of the wall next to the sink (above the dishwasher ) created a larger island and countertop, and a well proportioned layout with no visual obstruction. We also eliminated the sliding door that separated the kitchen from the living area, and took the height to the ceiling for good flow and openness of space.

Design does not have to be complicated, just thoughtful and intentional.  We must anticipate client needs, and respect their style while providing the experience needed to create areas that flow with functionality and purpose!