House design tips: Deep blue kitchen cabinetry and a trick to make a peninsula resemble an island

Immediately after viewing a kitchen that Alina Wolhardt intended in a new setting up nearby, the owner of this Bay Village rental employed Wolhardt to renovate her possess kitchen area. Somewhat than just redo the counters and cabinetry, Wolhardt opened things up. “The kitchen area and dining location were being guiding a wall with a coat closet on a person aspect and the washer and dryer on the other,” suggests the founder of Wolf in Sheep Design and style. “It blocked all the gentle and made the dwelling space feel darkish and enclosed.” Wolhardt took down the wall and relocated all the things to the still left of the dining location. “The open strategy structure can make the house brighter and more economical by bringing all the storage to a person put, absent from the windows,” she claims.

1. Mid-century model eating chairs from West Elm surround the owner’s current table, which sits on a sturdy cowhide rug. The Rejuvenation cone pendant has a brass inside that casts a warm glow.

2. A combined-media piece on wood by Roxbury-primarily based Cyrille Conan provides zing and echoes the condition of the pendants higher than the island. “I often like to include an energetic artwork to total a house,” Wolhardt states.

3. Wolhardt utilized black steel accents with gold-toned specifics for distinction: Gubi pendants with rotating shades, a Brizo faucet, and Stellar Works stools from Casa Design Group. “I enjoy how the black pops from the blue,” she states.

4. Although the proprietor in the beginning asked for a neutral kitchen area, Wolhardt countered with Benjamin Moore Blue Danube for the color of Venegas and Business cabinetry. “When I advised we go bold she went for it,” the designer states.

5. The Caesarstone backsplash and counter tops have grey veining with blue undertones that tie to shade of the cabinetry.

6. The inability to transfer the electrical traces prevented Wolhardt from reworking the kitchen peninsula into an island, nevertheless she identified a partial correct. “The waterfall edge lends the illusion of an island,” she says.


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