When your tastes favor a contemporary look, a traditional, simple, brown kitchen can almost feel like someone else’s home was grafted onto yours. That’s how the homeowner of this Montgomery Contemporary Craftsman kitchen felt before swapping the cabinets out for a new crisp white space in this remodel.
Working with the recently black-stained flooring, and aiming to provide a bright and modern-minded space that still felt appropriate to the design of the home were the challenges presented to designer Cyndi Kohler. The solution came by pairing shaker-style cabinets with a thick slab of Mont Surfaces Trinity quartz to create a mostly-white backdrop that contrasted with the dark floor.
To add character and complete the contemporary design, the kitchen includes a glass mosaic backsplash, a modern stainless & glass range hood, contemporary pendant lighting, and stainless appliances add pops of gray that bridge the color gap between the floor and the cabinets. The result is a transitional space in which the owner now feels perfectly at home.
The kitchen is open to the living room and dining room, but it retains many of the architectural features that help the home stand out as a Craftsman style space. This includes columns and a doorway from the front all into the kitchen featuring a transom window.
The homeowner selected a stand-out contemporary light for the dining area and a complementary glass pendant for the peninsula. Both act as modern checkpoints in the space. They also complement the tile backsplash, which is also more contemporary in style.
The new cabinetry extends around the angled wall behind the dining area to visually join the two spaces together. This additional cabinetry and counter add more functional storage to the room and provides a convenient buffet for entertaining. It also adds a more casual touch to keep the area feeling cozy and low-key, in keeping with the Craftsman design.