Room Conflict Resolution

By e.l.

The kitchen and living room were in conflict. It was an age issue. The kitchen was of no particular era except old while the living room was a confident contemporary.

The owners found resolution with design therapy for their suburban home.

Sleek teak colored laminate cabinetry and new appliances were chosen to update the room. Blue-gray tones in the cabinets have the effect of pulling blue from the living room into the kitchen.  Warm wood floors further unite the rooms.

 A new design reconfigured the work areas.

The layout was not efficient with the refrigerator and stove isolated at one end of the room. That means more steps to prepare meals. The new design creates work zones for cooking and prep, cleanup and storage.

The old island was replaced with 9-foot granite island centered in the room to create a strong sight line from the living room and provide additional storage and seating.

Some of the new details include a storage pullout unit by the induction stove and an appliance garage to control inevitable counter clutter.  A beverage cooler was also added.

The sink and dishwasher stayed in the original corner location with a window view of the yard.  All counters were replaced with white quartz and white glass backsplashes installed to give the room another light-catching element and contemporary feel. (Photos/Gilbertson Photography)