Séverine Piller and her boyfriend Gianfranco loved this Milan apartment from the start—specifically the loads of natural light and great architectural bones. But Séverine, an interior designer, saw ways to improve the space to fit their modern tastes a little more. And one big change was the kitchen renovation.
As [the kitchen] is also the entry of the apartment, it needed to be functional and practical but still give a feeling of being spacious and inviting. I think we achieved this by designing this bar that also sort of functions as a sideboard while leaving the kitchen as open as possible.
While there was certainly nothing "wrong" with the kitchen in this Milan apartment when Séverine and her boyfriend Gianfranco moved in, it didn't quite fit their need for a more open-feeling kitchen or streamlined minimal aesthetic.
THE REST OF THE SERIES
- Part 1: Séverine and Gianfranco's House Tour Story
- Part 2: Séverine and Gianfranco's Survey
- Part 3: Séverine and Gianfranco's Resources Room by Room
- Part 4: Dining Room before photos
Replacing the table and chairs with a standing bar helped open the space. Removing some cabinets and replacing the see-through cabinets with all opaque doors helped minimize any sense of kitchen clutter.
Small but sweet design details add interest without adding clutter. And a bold blue painted backsplash both anchors the small space and makes it fun.