I recently completed a tough kitchen make-over. Maybe the toughest yet as it was my own personal space! Follow my tips below on how to create a space you will truly love.
I chose my appliances first. I knew I wanted something completely different and when I saw the new Fingerprint Resistant Sunset Bronze collection from Whirlpool I made this my jumping off point. It’s the crème-de-la-crème of this kitchen. With a brushed, satin finish and rose gold undertones this fingerprint resistant suite really sets off this space.
For the walls I decided to stay true to my one true paint love – Jojo whitewash PF17 from Para. I find staying with the same colour in an open concept gives the space a cohesive and continual look.
Next, I worked with DV Kitchen and Bath to find the right cabinets for a clean, streamlined look. I decided on flat panel front but in trendy gloss white; the gloss helps to bounce light and creates the illusion of a larger space. Plus these cabinets are super easy to wipe down, keeping that new look and feel.
To keep the cabinets streamlined, I selected GRASS soft close hardware – their Nova Pro Scala collection.GRASS is the hidden gem in any cabinet system – my cabinets push closed silently, and open with a gentle touch. My drawers all close slowly, with no banging.
For the counter top I wanted a waterfall island. I worked with Caesarstone’s Calacatta Nuvo for both the island, counters and backsplash. This countertop is stunning and durable subtle Caesarstone that is the center of attention in the kitchen. Choosing a primarily white countertop with white cabinets creates the illusion of a much larger space. Don’t be afraid to have your countertops the same colour as your cabinets! And make sure you have them installed properly. I too often find clients skimp on the most important part of the kitchen which is the installation. I turned to the folks at Renovare Marble and Granite who installed my counters with complete professionalism and perfection and also create a complete custom backsplash for my space that is a serious show-stopper.
If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a hundred times: The faucet is the gem in the kitchen. I went with Delta’s Trinsicsingle handle pull down in Champagne Bronze. The design is simply smart and elegant, with an integrated pull down wand. Plus, the colour is a modern take on gold that pairs well with my stainless steel sink and my appliances.
I went a bit trendy with the herringbone style floor, but I used a classic and timeless marble tile to balance the trendiness. The result is amazing – and ties the cupboards, countertops, closet and paint all together. This tile came from Creek Side where they have a vast selection.
In my house, the HVAC piping went up through one of the kitchen walls I wanted to remove, making a full open concept impossible. Originally I was bummed about having to keep the piping there, requiring a closet to hide it in. I now love this closet. It is a fun architectural focal point, where I was able to add display shelves and texture. To create a perfect finish and get a properly sized door for this closet, I used Metrie’s True Craft Collection.
Onto the stunning finishing touches. The dishware and stools were found on Wayfair Canada. They have an extensive collection of affordable options and offer free shipping. These stools are elegant, simple and have brass accents that I could not do without.
The blinds are TriLight that offer a unique combination of sheer pleated shade on the top and a honeycomb shade on the bottom. It’s like having three looks in one – all sheer, all privacy or half and half. This design is exclusive to Budget Blinds.
In my kitchen I choose to go with Artcraft for lights with brass stems, accents and posts. They fit perfectly with the appliances, faucet and the accent pieces I choose – once again, tying the entire space together.
About the Author
Jo Alcorn is a design specialist and designer on HGTV’s Home to Win series, along with owning Alcorn Home, where her full home line collection is displayed and sold across Canada and the U.S. She is knows for her clean line savvy design concepts. Alcornhome.com CommentsRead Bio Read Posts