Recently, I launched a promo where I offered a design consultation at a discounted price! There were a couple of reasons I did this:
My first consult was with a client who has just purchased a home and would like to add a personal touch to her kitchen! The footprint of her kitchen is one that I’ve seen so very often in West Michigan homes – I even grew up in a house with a very similar U-shaped kitchen.
In comparison to newer homes with the ‘open plan’ concept, this layout can feel quite compact. Thankfully, a few tweaks in materiality can solve this without busting a budget!
This kitchen does two things well : optimizes daylight and creating a focal point for the kitchen! The sink is the visual centerpiece and is framed in by the beams in front of the windows. This can also be achieved by simply adding wall shelves or a framed tile application above the sink.
One of the most common design flaws I see in small kitchens is the unused space above cabinets! If in your budget, it can add a lot of storage space if your functional cabinet space can be extended up to the ceiling! This space is a great opportunity to store special occasion glassware, cook books, or other items that usually collect in your base cabinet space.
Including warm / wood elements to a white kitchen is a perfect way to preserve character in a small space. Adding contrasting black hardware helps to break up the white surfaces to build visual interest, and a more square or vertically patterned back splash heightens the wall space.