Updating A Family Home: Open Concept Kitchen

The next room we are going to visit in this blog series “Updating A Family Home” is the open concept Kitchen.


This space was truly the heart of the home – centrally located on the first floor, opening up to the Living Room, Guest Wing and new Sunroom Addition. The Kitchen was a long, narrow space which encompassed  the Breakfast Area. Since the home did not have a formal Dining Room, the Breakfast Area had to accommodate 8 to 12 people.

Functionally the Kitchen worked well. The homeowners recently had granite countertops and stainless steel appliances installed. What the Kitchen lacked was warmth and cohesion. Our jumping off point was the Tan Brown granite.

We pulled the clay brown color from the granite to paint the walls which gave the space instant warmth. The new Sunroom added lots of natural light so even with the deep, rich color on the walls, the space still felt open.

To bring texture and interest to the Kitchen area, we installed a slate mosaic backsplash. For balance, we chose a fabric with a light background for the window valance.

Breakfast Area

In the Breakfast Area, in order to combat all the oak in the room, we had the large pedestal table, Windsor chairs and barstools refinished in an ebony stain. It was an instant update for a beautifully styled table and chairs.

We replaced the homeowners’ china cabinet with a sideboard accessorized with fabulous buffet lamps for much needed accent lighting.  This vibrant piece of art is truly the centerpiece of this space.

To complete the top to bottom redesign, we replaced the chandelier with a substantial fixture in appropriate scale to the furnishings.  We also added a large area rug to ground the Breakfast Area.

The homeowners had already done all the heavy lifting, a.k.a. renovation work, in this space.  However, through the use of color, we were able to not only warm up the open concept kitchen, but make it flow seamlessly through the home. Enjoy!

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