Kitchen Tour: An Airy Coastal Look With Clever Island Seating
A redesigned floor plan avoided the need for an extension and created a bright, well-functioning family kitchen
That increased the footprint by 34 sq ft, allowing for a larger U-shaped layout with increased worktop and storage space. It also created room for a clever island featuring a built-in bench that pairs with a table and chairs to form a casual dining spot.
Lana replaced the basic 1990s wood cabinets, granite worktops and beige tile flooring with a combination of powder blue and light wood cabinets, light wood flooring and beachy details that create a breezy, inviting coastal style.
Who lives here? A young couple with a son and a dog
Location Connecticut, USA
Kitchen dimensions 130 sq ft (12 sq m)
Designer Lana Nguyen of Design by the Jonathans
Photos by Robert Norman Photography
The former 96 sq ft kitchen can be seen here on the left. A wall separated it from the unused cloakroom. “They have a bathroom on a lower floor and another bathroom on a higher level, so they didn’t need it,” Lana says.
The tight U-shaped kitchen layout presented a perplexing experience. “It was too small for an island, but the distance between the sink and refrigerator was too wide,” Lana says.
The expanded space now has more breathing room and an island with a built-in bench on one side that faces a table and chairs. “The fact we were able to have the dining room incorporated into the kitchen allowed more space for the living room,” Lana says. “They really wanted to create a cosy dining experience.”
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New red oak flooring in a light matt finish, hand-braided sedge pendant lights and striped cushions add to the look.
An ash-veneer dining table and distressed light blue indoor-outdoor metal chairs complement the colour and material scheme. “The [family] really love the bench, especially their young son,” Lana says. “This becomes not just a dining area; it’s a play area and somewhere the son can stay near [his mum] when she’s cooking.”
Cabinets, EHL Kitchens. Base cabinets painted in Yarmouth Blue; wall cabinets painted in Moonlight White; walls painted in Alabaster, all Benjamin Moore. Distressed green-blue metal chairs, Flash Furniture.
The homeowners wanted to keep the window and the sliding glass door on the left, which leads to the garden.
The marble mosaic splashback adds another bit of blue and a subtle pattern that coordinates with the coastal aesthetic. “I think the splashback tiles played a crucial part in bringing everything together,” Lana says. “This pattern was extremely helpful to the entire design.”
Matt black one-handle high arc pull-down tap, Moen. Welton sconce in brushed nickel, Kira Home. Cumberland cupboard handles in Ash Gray, Top Knobs.
Mykonos Delos in Blue Celeste and Thassos splashback tiles, Mir Mosaic.
A spice pullout sits to the right of the range. The three drawers to the left hold utensils and food storage containers. A rubbish and recycling pullout is to the left of those drawers.
The cabinet next to the rubbish pullout is a blind corner cabinet for the family’s rice cooker and extra pots and pans. “We included a cabinet in the island for storing their everyday pots and pans,” Lana says.
Professional gas range, Frigidaire.
The reeded glass adds lightness while obscuring the view of the items inside, reducing visual clutter.
The island contains a 60cm stainless-steel microwave oven drawer.
Microwave oven drawer in stainless-steel, SharpFridge-freezer, Frigidaire.
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