Gold and blue make this 250-sq-ft cook space pop
Project: Reconfigure a dark and dated kitchen in Brooklyn
Before: Nydia and Jonathan bought their 3,240-square-foot house in 2012. They completed a few renovations in the colonial-style home in Fiske Terrace, Brooklyn, but left the kitchen as-is. “We waited to do the kitchen until we were in a position to splurge a bit,” she shared. To make the space more functional and welcoming for their family of five, they planned to open up the layout. The stairs to the basement were in the kitchen, presenting a design dilemma. “Where the stairs started and stopped directly impacted how the kitchen could be configured, so that was quite challenging,” Nydia said. The couple also wanted to take more advantage of the natural light, which the small windows weren’t doing. The couple posted their project on Sweeten and selected a general contractor.
After: The 250-square-foot kitchen hardly looks like the same space, thanks to new ceiling-height cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and a peninsula. The refrigerator moved outside of the main cooking area, which allowed for a better layout for the rest of the appliances: the dishwasher is directly across from the sink, while the new range and hood have more surrounding counter space. “We also opened up the stairs that lead to the basement and it made the kitchen appear bigger,” Nydia said.
The eat-in peninsula adds more storage and a prep surface, but also brings in a sense of separation between the basement entry and the kitchen. It’s the family’s favorite part of their new kitchen. “It’s where we have our coffee in the morning or prepare cookies for baking. It functions exactly how we imagined it,” Nydia said. The couple paired gray-blue cabinets with brushed gold accents, giving it a modern edge that’s still warm. Instead of ceramic or tile floors, they chose oak wood flooring to create a cozier feel. New white-framed windows let in more natural light, too.
Just off the main kitchen area, they added a separate coffee and tea bar, along with floating shelves. The new French door refrigerator with a freezer drawer is surrounded by cabinets.
“The kitchen is definitely the highlight of the house. It’s warm and inviting and makes everyone feel welcome,” Nydia said. There’s plenty of space to sit, stand, and hang around eating, talking and enjoying company.”
Bonus: Exposed brick from the chimney brings even more character.
Style finds: Tribeca Oak flooring, ¾” x 5”: Bellawood. Diamond Reflection kitchen cabinets, main paint color in Maritime Blue and Moonstone: Lowe’s. Classic 3” cup bin and knob hardware: Pottery Barn. Talon Calacatta & Thassos marble tile backsplash: TileBar. LaToscana Sink: Home Depot. Cassidy Collection faucet in Champagne Bronze: Delta. Refrigerator: Whirlpool. Stove and oven: Thermador. Fulton light pendant: Hinkley. Bar stools: Design Tree Home.
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