Our client’s kitchen was due for a design-build renovation overhaul! We encountered many of the same issues we came across during most of our kitchen renovations – functional storage was lacking, upper cabinets over the peninsula closed off the space, and the materials used previously were dated and worn.

A dark, bold kitchen design can still be bright and airy

The clients wanted the bold look of dark cabinets. But they also wanted to keep the newly found bright and airy feeling. The answer to this renovation equation included a two-tone combination of silvery white upper cabinets with dark-stained maple bases and pantries.

We also created the additional feeling of depth and dimension in the light-coloured cabinetry by colouring the cabinets a darker shade of the same base colour used for the walls. The result of our interior design effort is a softer, tonal look that mixes light warm grey and beige to bring an increase of warmth into the space.

Then, we turned up the brightness by using matte white picket tiles for the backsplash that uses a subtle custom-made pattern. The custom tile installation pairs perfectly with the white countertops that have subtle veining. With the white and light elements in this kitchen renovation, the dark espresso-stained maple cabinets provide visual drama and contrast – making the kitchen pop in all the right ways.

Finally, we put the cherry on top of this kitchen renovation with a light grey-beige vinyl plank that mimics natural wood patterns, and layered lighting elevates the kitchen with the addition of under-cabinet lights and task lighting in a sleek integrated valance.

A budget-friendly kitchen renovation can have it all!

While we completed this kitchen renovation to be budget conscious, it doesn’t mean we can’t help our clients find unique ways to include style or function – which this kitchen has in spades!


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