Kitchen & Bath Designer, Nathan Kyle, was asked by these homeowners to transform their white kitchen into a space that felt more cozy and comfortable, as oppose to sterile clean. As a certified Kitchen and Bath specialist with award-winning designs at GOHBA’s & NKBA’s, plus 5 years of design experience under his belt, Nathan was the perfect fit for the project.
See how it all came together, resulting in a major transformation!! We couldn't even believe it ourselves.
First, the homeowners met with Nathan at the Astro showroom, where they were initially looking for hardwood flooring. After hearing that Astro’s Nathan Kyle had won design awards at the National Kitchen & Bath Association gala (NKBA), they decided to go with him for the kitchen as well.
He wanted the space to bring in a palette of colours, tones and textures that felt natural, yet tailored. After much thought and discussion, the pair agreed upon a natural & warm-toned inspired kitchen. Their home was up in the hills of Chelsea, so they were inspired by the mountains and lakeside view. They decided to go with natural lights, brown and beige tones and an open concept to enhance the view through the large windows.
The major component was opening the kitchen to the large living room, which allowed for more light into the space. Functionally it meant they could achieve seating in the kitchen other than the formal dinette. With the wall taken down, the lost storage space was quickly recouped in the tall hutch furniture like pantries on either side of the stove. The new opening into the kitchen also allowed for a decorative faux beam treatment that enhanced the look and feel of the space.
The stove wall is really made to stand out with its free standing lowers, free floating upper glass cabinets and free standing hutch pantries. With a large cook top in the centre of textured volcanic finished black granite, the balanced symmetry of the elevation happens on either side of a custom honed marble herringbone backsplash. Above, the custom hood fan in gun metal and pewter compliment the rustic concept and grounds the entire elevation in place.
In the centre of it all, a generous hardworking island connects all points of the kitchen. This island counter is finished in quartz that represents the tone and texture of a pebble. The large orbed globe lights above again compliment the colors of the pewter in the hood and faucet. Closed and open storage allow for the island to feel more like a furniture piece sitting in the middle of the room.
The fridge, double wall ovens and appliance garage all neatly tuck away on the side wall of this kitchen. This sentiment is echoed again with the under counter bar fridge and storage on the opposite side of the peninsular.
From the generous storage, ample counter space, warm woods and soft neutrals on the cabinets to the hand-scraped engineered wide plank wood floors and different metals, make this room the definition of Rustic Chic.
This space has also been nominated for an NKBA award for 2014! Do you think it’s award-winning worthy? Check out more of this design in our photo gallery.