Infusing Timeless Design into a Dated Kitchen

From dark and dysfunctional to fresh and inviting
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Nineties kitchens—you know the look: dark oak cabinets, matchy-matchy appliances, heavy granite countertops and chunky opaque pendant lights. In other words, a renovation dying to happen. 

After twenty years, the Castle Pines homeowners for this project were more than ready to reimagine their 90’s kitchen. Seeking a bright airy gathering space that more accurately reflected their style, they also needed a functional layout that honored the integrity of the home, with updated appliances and lots of storage for their busy family of five.  

Working with three goals in mind- achieving balance, creating flow and improving function, these are the changes that transformed the homeowners’ space into a dream kitchen that exceeded their expectations.

Creating balance and focus

Starting with a fresh coat of light paint to bring out the rich tones of the existing hardwood floors, clean-lined, white shaker cabinets extending all the way to the ceiling were installed.

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The original kitchen was crowded and unbalanced, with double ovens at one end of the main workspace and a heavy over-the-range microwave in the middle.  Replacing those with a gorgeous 48″ Wolf range and a curvaceous custom hood creates an interesting focal point and gives the kitchen a dazzling centerpiece.

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Natural sunlight bounces off the warm tones of the basketweave Carrara marble backsplash which wraps the entire workspace and coordinates perfectly with the solid surface countertops for a clean, cohesive look.

Creating a gathering place

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The homeowners love entertaining and spending time together as a family. The original tall, dark rectangular island cut the kitchen off from the rest of the space. Adding a roomy, square island topped with a sleek quartz countertop makes room for six comfy seats plus tons of storage, maximizing the footprint of the kitchen.

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A cozy seating area with plush gold-toned slipper chairs and side table accommodates extra guests without impeding the flow of the space between the family room and kitchen.

Creating usable storage

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The homeowners needed workable storage space that was easy to access. Although the original kitchen featured a walk-in pantry, the space was deep and hard to keep organized.

The new reach-in pantry space is much more functional with shallower shelves to keep everything lined up within eyesight. And the whimsical tile installed at the back adds a surprise pop of color each time the doors are opened.

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In the space that formerly housed the above-mentioned pantry, a built-in appliance garage with pocket doors houses the microwave, toaster oven and extra storage,  keeping work surfaces free of clutter. And next to it- a tidy, tucked-away coffee bar.

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Custom inserts, like this silverware drawer-within-a-drawer, plus a built-in bread compartment, and custom cupboard door spice racks were incorporated into the design to help bring order to the space.

Cherstin Toney is the owner and creative director of Gather & Spruce, a Denver-based company that creates timeless design using their proprietary Smart Design process. 

Visit their page or contact Gather & Spruce directly at 720-990-5085 to request a consultation. 

Content for this article provided by Gather & Spruce.

Categories: Interiors, Kitchens, Native Content