Warm & Welcoming
Designer Juliet Braly took a dark and dysfunctional kitchen and created a colorful, warm, and welcoming space for cooking and entertaining. “We took out the wall separating the kitchen from the dining room to make a more open, family-friendly space,” Braly explains. The open space not only provided extra seating for family and friends but also allowed light from the dining room windows to brighten up the kitchen. “The effect created better flow and added a cheerful ambiance to the space,” Braly shares.
Another unique feature was the addition of a Dutch door at the far end of the kitchen. “The homeowners wanted access out to the back deck from the kitchen, so we added the Dutch door,” Braly explains. “The French double doors that are centered on the island mark the entrance used by family and friends. Since this space was going to be the heart of the home, we focused on making it as welcoming as we could.”
Maximizing the long shape of the room, a 15-foot island was a natural fit and created seating, storage, and prep space. Granite countertops rest atop the island and perimeter cabinetry in creamy-painted finish with a chocolate glaze, while bright, custom-painted turquoise cabinetry and butcher block countertops work together seamlessly to create a built-in desk space and a beverage buffet. “We were going for a comfortable, casual cottage look and feel,” Braly notes. “Using warm tones instead of cool colors created this look for us.” A farmhouse table with antique-painted chairs completes the look and adds a cozy yet spacious spot for gathering and eating.
Appliances: Siano Appliance Distributors
Cabinets and countertops: A1 Kitchen & Bath Design, LLC
Contractor: Tinker’s Custom Homeworks, Inc.
Dutch door: Interior Trim and Supply, Inc.
Photography by Med Dement