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Mid-century modern

Designed to complement the architecture of a house built in the '60s, this kitchen makes a bold statement in its own right

View of a remodeled kitchen which features lavender chair, countertop, dining room, furniture, interior design, kitchen, table, gray
View of a remodeled kitchen which features lavender coloured walls, CaesarStone countertops, walnut cabinetry and shelving, tiled floors, cylindrical range and other appliances, white tiled backsplash, lighting and small glass topped table with chairs, lighting fixture.

Most remodeling projects are a juggling act, especially kitchen designs that need to balance aesthetics with functionality and restrictions imposed by the space itself.

This project was no exception. Designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon of In Detail Kitchen and Bath says the homeowners wanted a kitchen that would fit with the Mid-century modern architectural style of the '60s house. The design also needed to accommodate the fixed position of the ovens and refrigerator, and existing doors and windows.

"To maximize the budget, we didn't want to move these elements," she says. "It was also important to maintain a light, airy feel, while indulging the owners' love of bold colors."

In meeting these objectives, Clendenon paired dark walnut cabinets with white CaesarStone countertops and a white-tiled backsplash. The monochromatic palette provides a foil for bright lavender-colored walls, which meet the clients' request for a bold aesthetic.


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View of a remodeled kitchen which features dark stained walnut cabinetry and shelving, stainless steel appliances.

"To offset the bright lavender, the trim is painted in a soft dove-gray shade, rather than the typical white," the designer says. "Visually, this blends in to create a much quieter look."

Display cabinets feature rippled glass that replicates the original glass in the front door. Square-edged handles also enhance the modernist look.

The position of the cooktop was moved from the rear wall to a new peninsula facing the breakfast area. This means the owners can socialize with family and friends while preparing meals.

"This cabinetry has a more modern feel, due to the use of an aluminum laminate that resembles stainless steel, but is more cost effective," says Clendenon. "The flush cooktop also gives it a very contemporary look the wiring is drawn off to the side of the unit and hidden within the large cabinet."

View of a remodeled kitchen which features lavender countertop, cuisine classique, interior design, kitchen, product design, gray, black
View of a remodeled kitchen which features lavender coloured walls, CaesarStone countertops, walnut cabinetry and shelving, tiled floors, cylindrical range and other appliances, white tiled backsplash, lighting

One wall of the kitchen accommodates the major appliances, which are set within a bank of cabinetry modeled on modern Scandinavian kitchens.

"The set of three cabinets on the right side of the wall enhances this feel," says the designer. "And, although the wall is flush, the pantry cabinets are just 15in deep, while the appliances extend much further back."

The flooring features striated 12in x 24in white porcelain tiles, which were chosen to balance the dark wood of the cabinets. The tiles help ensure the kitchen remains light and airy.

Credit list

Kitchen manufacturer
In Detail
Countertops
CaesarStone Blizzard
Floor tiles
Sydney White Striation porcelain
Sink
Franke
Ventilation
Frigidaire Professional Series
Cabinetry
Walnut with aluminum toekick
Backsplash
Victoria White tiles from Artistic Tile
Lighting
George Kovacs perforated steel with crystal
Ovens, cooktop and refrigeration
Jenn-Air
Dishwasher
Bosch

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Greg Riegler Photography

01 Dec, 2009

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