Simple shifts takes darkish Mediterranean room to shiny transitional type

During the pandemic, Beth Walker often worked in the kitchen instead of the home office.

The more she stared at the dark floors, dark wooden cabinets, and the copper hood, the less she liked her.

“At first I thought let’s just get white cabinets everywhere,” said Walker, 43, a legal recruiter at Neuhaus Noblinsaid about her kitchen bathed in a Mediterranean color palette. “We wanted to work with what we had without having to redo the counter and the tiles.”

Your interior designer Yesely Love of Canaima designShe knew she could do a lot more by adding color and texture to a lighter and brighter kitchen in a transitional style.

Instead of doing a complete remodel for the Briarcroft house where the Walkers have lived for three years, they opted for a refresh that kept most of the closets but put in new doors, added new lighting, and painted the closets. Love said that replacing doors while storing cabinet boxes can save a homeowner about 65 percent since cabinets are an expensive part of kitchen remodeling.

It also saves time and means a family doesn’t necessarily have to move out of their home during the remodeling. The project started in mid to late November and the Walkers were able to host a family for Christmas.

The cabinets have got the biggest makeover, with glossy paint in Sherwin-Williams “White Sand” and new Shaker-style doors that replaced older ones with a lot more ornamentation.

The raised edge of the island was torn off so that the surface was entirely on one level. Then they painted it Sherwin-Williams “Stormy Sky”, a blue that is part of today’s kitchen trends.

The whole kitchen originally had granite countertops with a creamy background and beige and brown swirls. Rather than replacing them all, Love encouraged her client to install a 2-inch maple top on the island, a blonde wood tone that matched the colors of the granite and beige back wall, which they also kept.

A lower counter at which Walker, her husband, 47-year-old Raymond, was attorney Walker iron brown, and their two children, 11-year-old Lillian and 7-year-old Graham, can now eat together, prompted the purchase of four bistro-style bar stools by Serena & Lily.

They kept their appliances, sinks, and plumbing, but painted their copper hood the same blue paint and silver trim.

Another trend in kitchen cabinets is to provide upper and lower cabinets with different surfaces. Sometimes designers and their clients opt for different paints or a combination of wood stain and paint, but in this case Love recommended installing grass wallpaper – Windfield Thybonys “chain” Pattern in powder blue, a shimmering chain link pattern on natural fiber – on the front door panels of the wall units.

Door panels on one end in a butler’s pantry and the other on a bar and wine rack are fronted with glass.

Dark pendant lights with light bulbs have been replaced by new LED pendants with wood decor, plus a large pendant light with a woven fiber shade from Shadow of light was placed over the breakfast table.

“All I wanted was a lighter kitchen, all white. Yesely kept showing us ideas and pictures. She said there is so much more you can do and have a unique kitchen that is unique and different, ”said Walker. “I’m so glad she pushed us; I love what we have. “

diane.cowen@chron.com