Kitchen Tour: A Stylish White Kitchen With Masses of Storage
Small layout and colour changes made a huge difference in this family kitchen
The couple wanted a more functional kitchen with a brighter feel that combined Megan’s love for modern-day design and Michael’s preference for traditional elements. They searched Houzz for designers and found Jena Bula of Delphinium Design. Jena removed the worn cabinets and tired finishes and fitted bespoke white cabinets that create a bright look and maximise every available inch.
Who lives here? Michael and Megan Beaver and their two kids
Location Ballantyne, North Carolina, USA
Kitchen dimensions 17 sq m
Designer Jena Bula of Delphinium Design
Builder Ekren Construction
‘After’ photos by Tiffany Ringwald Photography
The couple felt the beige cabinetry, seen here, had to go. “I would be working in the kitchen in a big, cosy sweater, and it would get snagged,” Megan says. Plus, a decorative valance over the window blocked light. “I don’t like unnecessary pieces and didn’t want that there,” she says. “We have this great big window, so let’s enjoy it.”
In fact, none of the finishes passed muster and the couple didn’t feel the space was living up to its full potential. “There was a lot of wasted space and it was not conducive to how they live,” Jena says.
Bespoke, soft white, Shaker-style cabinets join greige walls (Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore), greige porcelain splashback tiles and a soft white ceiling (Simply White by Benjamin Moore) to create a bright and airy space. “We wanted something that felt welcoming and warm,” Jena says. (The recessed ceiling lights were removed from these photos by the photographer.)
The dark quartzite worktops and matt black hardware and other black finishes, as well as a darker stain on the refinished wood floor, add a touch of contrast.
What look like panels on the back of the island are actually push-to-open cabinets that store seasonal items. Matt black island pendant lights coordinate with the other black details.
A new single stainless-steel sink features a pull-down tap with touch technology. “I love a single basin,” Megan says. “I can throw a big pan or cookie sheet in there to clean and it all fits.”
A bespoke white linen Roman blind with a taupe trim replaced the valance. A panelled Miele dishwasher sits to the right of the sink, with a panelled bin and recycling pullout on the left. A paper towel holder above it can pull out to reveal drawer storage for rolls of clingfilm, foil and baking paper.
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An adjustable warming shelf attaches to the splashback. “We warm up loaves of bread for dinner there,” Megan says.
Pullout cupboards that flank the range hold spices and utensils. Glass-fronted cabinets lighten things up in the corner and give a peek at the family’s favourite glassware. The worktop cabinet hides a coffee station.
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The top drawers on the island didn’t close properly and the two deep island cabinets offered limited access. “You had to sometimes crawl in there to get items at the back,” Megan says.
“I needed a place for things, but I didn’t need a desk,” Megan says. “I saw something like this on Houzz and thought that’s exactly what I need. It allows us to stick all our stuff away, everything we need to run our family.”
The upgraded island includes three soft-close drawers with pegs for storing dishes and glassware, plus a large cabinet with three pullouts for pots, pans and lids. Open shelves on the end offer display space.
Glass-fronted doors at the main entrance to the home bring natural light into the kitchen through the opening at the left.
Now the homeowners have the more functional kitchen they wanted, with a style that reflects their love for both modern and traditional design. “Michael and I genuinely love having people over to the house,” Megan says. “By making the kitchen much more useful and adding that bar, we can have everyone over and they can enjoy themselves.”
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