Colorful kitchen with orange range mixes colored cabinets with rift-cut white oak

Bold, colorful kitchen and family living area with breakfast bar by DeWitt Design Kitchens. Contemporary design includes sleek white oak cabinets
Story by: Colleen Hawkes
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An angled breakfast table maximizes space in the family area of this colorful kitchen. The design is by Elina Katsioula-Beall.

Design inspiration can come from plenty of different places. But for the owners of this kitchen, Wendy Schultz and Pete Langbord, it was their favorite painting that set the scene for a bold, colorful space.

Designer Elina Katsioula-Beall says the painting inspired not only the color selections but also the design of the kitchen.

"The owners' daughter Estee adores the painting as it reminds her of the movie Toy Story, so we decided to make this the focal point from which everything else would radiate."


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This colorful kitchen by Elina Katsioula-Beall features a pet gate that is concealed within the cabinets when not in use.

The designer says in the original kitchen the refrigerator was near the cooktop, which reduced counter space for food preparation. The circulation was also restricted by an L-shaped counter, and a suspended overhead cabinet blocked the view to the breakfast area.

"We moved the refrigerator into the former oven alcove, and created a new cooking zone that is large enough to accommodate a range with two ovens. The painting sits above this, within a niche covered with tempered glass. Colors in the artwork are repeated in the orange range, the bright green spice pullouts and the blue and pink cabinet doors. Rift-cut white oak cabinets help to offset the bright pops of color."

The curving shapes in the painting are also referenced, in the curve of the hood and a purple vaulted ceiling element.

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In this colorful kitchen, twin columns accommodating a refrigerator and freezer are designed to resemble contemporary armoires. A coffee center is positioned between these. The design is by Elina Katsioula-Beall.

To disguise functionality, the refrigerator and freezer columns mimic sleek armoires, and are separated by a landing counter with a coffee center above.

"The sink countertop that wraps around the bay window was extended to form an angled breakfast table with bar stools on both sides," says Katsioula-Beall. "There are unobstructed views between the kitchen and family area."

Two doggie gates are concealed within the cabinets at the entry to the kitchen, and cabinets are laminated to resist marking by pets.

Apr 18, 2015

Credit list

Kitchen designer
Elina Katsioula-Beall, (Hollywood Hills, CA)
Cabinetry
Columbia in rift-cut white oak and multicolor laminates
Backsplash
UltraGlas Taffeta Tile
Faucets
Tara by Dornbracht; Franke
Hood surround
Custom curved laminate by Serrao Cabinets
Refrigeration
Thermador
Flooring
Nova Gray Weave cork by ProSource
Table setting
Crate & Barrel
Builder
Lyman Construction, Inc
Countertops
Silestone Lagoon
Sink
Alfi 36in fireclay
Range
Bertazzoni Professional
Ventilation
Best
Dishwasher
Miele Futura Diamond
Lighting
LED recessed by Elco; pendants by owner
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