The Kitchen Design That Demonstrates Personality!
The Challenge: Creating a fully functional kitchen within an extremely awkward space.
There is nothing we love more than collaborating with our clients. Having them engaged in the project and hearing their life stories helps us create a space that truly reflects them. We knew our Aberdeen clients both loved to cook and what was even more evident is their love of family and friends and sharing their passion to bring them together over food and drink. I read somewhere once that “food just tastes better when you eat it with your family”. I can see how this resonates so well with Project Aberdeen.
The kitchen was very small and the foot print was cut up in such a dysfunctional manner. A fridge at one end of the space, a stove at the other end of the space, no dishwasher and no place to really gather as a family in the kitchen. There was not enough space to place all the kitchen items so we created a pantry at the end of the space. We moved the entrance door from the porch to produce an improved flow and by moving the door it also allowed for the necessary room for the stove and vent. We required a kitchen island, it was definitely the solution for the space challenge, it provided more surface area, storage potential, and a place for the family to congregate while cooking and chatting about the day.
The kitchen did not have a lot of natural light, so a soft grey cabinet colour with white quartz countertop was selected. White subway tiles from the countertop level to ceiling were installed to keep the small space bright. The authentic walnut butcher block island top was European inspired. Our research showed that several European kitchens utilize a wood countertop. That same wood was balanced off in the vent hood and floating shelves above the stove, adding yet another touch of European style and warmth. The ceramic tiled floor was replaced with solid warm hardwood to anchor the kitchen in luxury and comfort.
Mixing metals which is one of our favorite design elements and this is present in the kitchen brass handles/pulls and tap as it plays off the stainless-steel appliances. Everything doesn’t have to be utilitarian, mixing metals, colours and textures can be really beautiful and functional.
A feature wall was created in a dark striking navy black paint colour. The sight line entering the kitchen now has a vivid background to which displays a print created by an artist Dina Milovanov from Toronto. This print creates interest and captures a special feeling, that’s what art is – a feeling a story.
I truly believe and I see it with our clients over the last year, people want to create a space that feels like them. This is important because it provides the opportunity to tell your story and showcase your culture and style. In Project Aberdeen we didn’t want to design a generic styled kitchen, it was extremely important to our clients that the kitchen design mirror the integrity of the home.
Both Lee and I know we created a space that serves function and feels personal to our clients. The “Kitchen with Personality” was created on Aberdeen and our clients couldn’t be happier with the outcome.