Before & After: Sarah's Aggressively Colorful Kitchen

Before & After: Sarah's Aggressively Colorful Kitchen

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New York, NY
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
Our apartment hadn’t been renovated since the building was originally constructed in the 1950’s. We renovated in two phases: installing new oak flooring, removing walls, and roughing out fundamentals for the kitchen-appliances, plumbing, cheap open shelving.<p>The original galley kitchen was enclosed. We opened up the kitchen with island seating for entertaining. Since the island is a prominent feature in the apartment, we wanted to add design elements to give it a sculptural feel – the key feature is a light-box element under the bar and even the Lucite poles supporting the countertop light up!<p>Spatially, our cabinetry is a smaller footprint than normal (20”). We used a 3Form resin with bear-grass to maintain a natural element while avoiding a monolithic “wall of wood” look, and cabinets on the opposite side match our foyer. The Walker Zanger backsplash tile and the CaesarStone countertops are white to neutralize some of the more aggressive color choices.
My makeover advice::
Don’t be afraid to be bold in terms of color scheme, fabrication and design. Especially since we had never really designed a kitchen before, and we both had to work together to fight against the urge to make more conservative choices for resale purposes – we bought this apartment to live in, not flip. Also, when being bold it is key to ground bold color with white accents. We needed to live in the space to learn that white is not a bland or boring element.

It was also helpful for us to live in the roughed out version of the kitchen for a few years after the first phase of renovations: this gave us a chance to truly think through the optimal flow for the kitchen.

Finally renovations will take way longer than planned, especially with custom work. Our 4 week project turned in to 11 weeks without a kitchen and we lived in it. Proud to say we managed to cook in every night by utilizing our grill and with a little help from Fresh Directs pre-prepped food.
What I love most about my new space::
Its hard to overstate the pride you feel when you wake up in the morning and see something that you designed from top to bottom, not compromising on the aesthetic choices you made. We also love to entertain, and this space has really enhanced our ability to do so. It truly takes half the time to prep and cook a meal with a well organized space.
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