Anatomy of a Kitchen Reno
Kris was afraid of colour but wanted to use it. Her husband wanted to have lots of natural materials. I suggested using natural tones to create a base of the primary colours - red, yellow and blue, allowing her the freedom to use any colours as accents. The red tones were introduced via the African Sapelli Hardwood flooring and the yellow or amber tones come from the Douglas-fir cabinetry. The Bianco Romano granite had both the amber and red flecks but also incorporated blue via the grey veining which also shows up in the Trenton Black Marble mosaic backsplash and the wall colour. The mosaic pattern was repeated in the mosaic glass iin the upper cabinets.
To balance the warmth of all the wood, I introduced cool materials with the use of mosaic glass door inserts, 10” brushed nickel hand pulls on the cabinet doors, the polished nickel laser cut surround on the dining room light, and new stainless steel appliances.
While sourcing the dining room pendant I came across a beautiful hand blown fiery red glass pendant perfect for over the bar. The bar stools repeat the warm tones of the dining room floor as well as the laser cut imagery used in the dining room light.
The cabinet doors and drawers are Douglas-fir that was milled locally and then custom built in our Design House Shop by my husband Bruce, who is a journeyman cabinetmaker, Everything was sourced and purchased locally, even the Canadian Made Trica Bar Stools. When the kitchen was complete, Kris and her husband where so happy they immediately hired me to design a new fireplace wall for their living room
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