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A Light-Filled Kitchen Remodel



The owners of this once choppy, closed-off kitchen had one main desire for its makeover: Let there be light. They also aimed to modernize and beautify the space while incorporating usable materials that match the rest of their interior design.

Despite the lack of exterior windows—save for a glorious skylight—the hub of the home underwent a serious transformation from dark and drab to open, inviting and oh-so-bright.

Before:

The kitchen before, A Light-Filled Kitchen Remodel, Kitchen Distributors, Colorado Homes and Lifestyles magazine

The kitchen island before, A Light-Filled Kitchen Remodel, Kitchen Distributors, Colorado Homes and Lifestyles magazine

The original kitchen did not have a sense of flow to and from the living space beyond, and the island was more than an eyesore. Its thin, narrow and angled design caused for awkward navigation and too little counter space, while the hood closed off the kitchen even further, blocking sunshine from the skylight.

After:

White and bright kitchen with large island, A Light-Filled Kitchen Remodel, Kitchen Distributors, Colorado Homes and Lifestyles magazine

The first thing the design team tackled was relocating the cooking surface and venting to the perimeter wall, allowing for the removal of the original venting and dropped ceiling. Raising the ceilings not only opens the space up visually, but it also invites as much light in from the skylight as possible. Narrow pendant lights—which hang over a gorgeous new walnut island—also maintain a sense of airy openness.

White and bright kitchen with large island, A Light-Filled Kitchen Remodel, Kitchen Distributors, Colorado Homes and Lifestyles magazine

White cabinets were critical in helping to brighten up the kitchen, as they allow light to be captured and reflected throughout the space. The appliances and new wooden hood were integrated into the white paneling, to keep the design clean and seamless. A stack of glass doors above the cabinets draws the eye up and adds the sense of windows where there are none.

White and bright kitchen with large island, A Light-Filled Kitchen Remodel, Kitchen Distributors, Colorado Homes and Lifestyles magazine

The walnut island cabinetry and bar were chosen to add warmth to the space and lend contrast to the white, while tying in the dark wood flooring.

White and bright kitchen with large island, A Light-Filled Kitchen Remodel, Kitchen Distributors, Colorado Homes and Lifestyles magazine

The countertops are a beautiful Taj Mahal quartzite, which is a natural, durable and functional material—suited for everything a chef can throw at it. The warm tones of the quartzite veining are the perfect marriage of both the white and walnut elements. 

Elisabeth Aiello, CKD is a Kitchen Designer at Kitchen Distributors, which offers award-winning kitchen design throughout the Rocky Mountains. View their profile or contact Elisabeth at 303-795-0665.

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