October 20, 2013

Who says you can’t have an elegant and inviting kitchen?

This young Woodbridge client wanted to brighten up and enlarge her kitchen for her growing family.  They really didn’t want to move as they loved the area.
The existing kitchen had dark cabinetry and was not quite large enough.  So after some extensive renovation whereby they tore down some walls, took space from a never-used dining room and completely gutted their old kitchen, this young family now has a beautiful living space in a home and neighbourhood they love.  Lumar Interiors helped them decorate the space.  Window  treatments  were needed, cushions for a bench seat, art work,  reupholstery of existing dining chairs and repainting of said dining set.

So this is what we started with…a gorgeous palette of yellows and varying shades of grey.  The cabinetry and flooring were shades of white and covered a large expanse.  The only place to draw some colour was the kitchen granite top which had lovely shades of grey and taupey greys…. The fabrics picked up on the different greys and the yellow warmed up the scheme and gave it a little pop.   Can you see the yellow shadow outlining the grey damask on white linen?

marini fabrics adjusted

The linen damask fabric worked with the elegant feel of the kitchen.  Panels on a rod worked to warm up the seating area.

The table was painted a dark espresso and we opted for a grey colour on the wood of the chairs.  This felt warmer and more grounding.  An obvious choice might have been to paint them white like the cabinetry but there was enough white happening.  So the grey fit the bill beautifully.  The small grey geometric fabric was used on the chair seats offering practicality and prettiness…

kitchen drapery

We opted for elegant drapery hardware for the drapery.  It picked up on the light fixtures that had a little bling on them too – polished nickel hardware with tiny rhinestones for a touch of glam.

drapery hardware

Additional storage and a place for the kids to read was created in this little nook.  We used the same fabric on a soft roman blind with our large grey geometric on the bench seat.  Soft, fluffy feather filled cushions in yellow adds a little ‘happy’ to the space.

kitchen bench seat, roman blind

Another soft roman was needed over the kitchen sink.  Bar stools were done in an espresso stained wood and taupey/grey leather.  They worked beautifully with the kitchen chairs that were repainted.

barstools, roman blind

And finally, we have this baby on order to go over a gorgeous dark charcoal buffet that is off to the side.  This pulls all our colours and feeling together.  Calm, elegant, and inviting, wouldn’t you say?

So  who says you can’t have both an elegant and inviting kitchen?  The two don’t have to be exclusive of one another.  Need some help?    [email protected]

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