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Why It Works: A Classically Modern Kitchen

Posted March 5, 2018

One test of a project’s success is how it holds up over time, like this classically modern kitchen that is also an award winner. Here’s why it works.

It’s functional: This project, which was much larger than just the kitchen, began with a need to transform the traditional layout (read: small, choppy spaces) into a main floor that could be an entertainer’s dream.

That meant creating an open-concept floor plan where the kitchen could be connected to the living room and dining room while still feeling like it’s separated from the hustle and bustle of the street. And it needed to work for both family use and for entertaining.

Adding the large island with room for seating accomplishes both goals. It adds a ton of work space, offers a communal gathering spot, includes a prep sink and it’s stylish, too!

It’s timeless: Much like the rest of the home, the design is transitional, including elements of both traditional and modern design. By borrowing from both of these design “worlds”, it’s easier for the look to feel fresh, even four years after it was done.

The Shaker-style cabinetry, emphasis on white cabinets and counters, clean lines and earthy tones avoid being too trendy to minimize the risk of becoming dated. Yet there’s still a bit of playfulness in the industrial pendant lights and hints of colour splashed in the lit upper cabinets and on the walls.

It has personality: While the goal was to create a timeless space, it still had to reflect the personality of the homeowners. Sage green walls, a convenient butler’s pantry in the hall between the kitchen and dining room, tropical walnut floors and the mosaic marble backsplash all work together to create a unified look with style.

The project won its renovation category at the 2014 Housing Design Awards and was the first home we featured on the RenoMark Reno Tour when it launched in 10634. Check out our photo gallery below and read more about this project in two Ottawa Citizen stories here and here.