White remains a popular color for kitchens. An Evanston family who hired us for their kitchen addition fully embraced the idea of a white kitchen with white cabinets, counters, walls, and even appliances!
Some might think that white is too cold and sterile, but this kitchen is anything but. Thanks to wood floors, a butcher block island countertop, and texture from shiplap walls, this kitchen is warm and welcoming! The verdant view of their back yard really stands out against the white windows and trim.
As the rest of their house was tastefully decorated with traditional Americana, it was important that the new addition fit in. Design choices including divided-lite windows and inset shaker cabinets pay homage to the traditional style. The owner’s final touches, including a pendant light made from a re-purposed lantern, make us want to move right in!
An Oak Park family who hired us to add a master suite and extend and open up their living space got a new kitchen that makes trends feel timeless. This year we saw colorful cabinets becoming popular, as well as two-tone cabinets. This kitchen hits the mark with light blue-gray cabinets around the perimeter and a bolder cobalt for the island. The brushed brass hardware that also became popular this year is the perfect complement to these cabinets.
In an open floor plan without walls to create definition between rooms, we look to other architectural details. Here, the box beam ceiling defines the kitchen space. This kitchen doesn’t skimp on luxury. There are not one but two seating areas- at the island and at the peninsula. A professional range and built-in appliances make this kitchen fit for a chef!
And of course, no kitchen addition is complete without a new spacious walk-in pantry! No details were missed- the blue and brass color scheme continues with the recessed sliding door and inside the pantry, as do the arabesque tiles.
We weren’t joking that two-tone is popular! Here is another example from one of our Chicago additions that takes it to the next level with high-contrast black base cabinets and white uppers.
Taking a closer look, you’ll see the consideration that went into the design choices. A herringbone pattern repeats on the backsplash and chairs, and stainless steel was used not only for the appliances and hardware but also for the large pendants above the island.
In this kitchen, which is open to the dining room, definition was created by a beadboard ceiling. The two sets of pendant lights also define the two seating areas. We love how much light comes into the new addition, thanks to the new windows and French doors!
We can’t wait to see what is in store for 2018!
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