Classic white cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, elegant granite countertops and striking wall and floor tile fill this kitchen with designer style. A Lowe’s in-store professional transformed the room’s look and layout to create a bright and open gathering space.
Before: Closed-Off & Blah
Before the renovation, a peninsula hampered flow between the kitchen and an adjacent eating nook. At the other end of the kitchen, a narrow doorway—blocked when the refrigerator was open—led to the dining room.
Style-wise, the kitchen lacked warmth and personality. White appliances and white cabinets (with white knobs) came off as bland and sterile. The mix of colors, patterns and finishes was more of a hodge-podge than a coordinated palette.
After: Open & Eye-Catching
The old peninsula is gone, creating a more open layout and a better spot for the refrigerator. A new island-like peninsula bridges the now much-wider opening between the kitchen and dining room.
The new style is more personalized and polished. Warm white cabinetry provides a gentle contrast to stainless-steel appliances, while sophisticated grays and tans form intricate patterns in the granite countertops, subway tile backsplash and porcelain tile flooring.
Cooking Convenience & Character
While a gas range (#631985) and a pot-filler faucet (#793903) provide convenience in the cooking area, a cabinet-matching hood and a creative backsplash treatment provide character and color. Get the designer look by sprinkling custom accent tiles into a pattern of affordable field tiles—in this case, two different sizes of subway tile (#625589, #625587).
Charming & Capable Cleanup Zone
Create a designer-look cleanup zone by pairing a charming farmhouse sink (#435095, model #WH3018WHITE) and a shapely pull-down faucet (#297431). Surround the spacious sink with the practical beauty of granite countertops (Sensa Juparana Fantasy). Complete the cleanup crew by choosing a sleek and quiet stainless-steel dishwasher (#612562).
Pretty and Powerful Peninsula
Though the new cabinetry-matching peninsula is attached to a wall, it looks and functions more like a detached island. There’s plenty of counter space on top, room for seating on the dining room side and valuable storage on the kitchen side––including a deep drawer for pots and pans. The peninsula also holds a drawer-style microwave oven (#472477).
Pendants with Personality
Installing pendant lights is a quick way to bring designer style to your kitchen. The hanging fixtures come in a variety of shapes and finishes, making it easy to personalize your kitchen lighting. These brushed-nickel mini pendants (586864) with bell-shaped glass shades convey a vintage look.
Designer Cabinet Details
Whether you plan to buy new cabinets or update the ones you have, rely on detailing to convey a designer look. These cabinets (Diamond Reflections in Peyton Maple) feature recessed door panels with beaded edging, as well as crown moulding on the uppers and fluted panels around the refrigerator. Adding crown moulding and other embellishments to existing cabinetry is a great way to get a designer look for less.
Extend the designer kitchen look into adjacent space by creating a modern version of the old-fashioned “keeping room”—a cozy furnished space off the kitchen where family or friends can hang out. This one features comfortable seating, abundant natural light and display cabinets that match the kitchen cabinetry.
Treasures Behind Glass
Use glass-front display cabinets to add another designer touch to your kitchen. These units, located in the keeping room, include glass shelves and interior lights that help show off prized kitchenware and collectibles.
Flooring with Flourishes
Apply the designer touch to your kitchen floor by layering a colorfully patterned rug over the primary flooring. In this kitchen, a handcrafted wool rug (#756580) helps define the sitting area while complementing the striking Brazilian pecan white porcelain floor tile (#591544) that extends out from the main kitchen.
Well-Chosen Window Treatments
Well-dressed windows are the mark of a designer space. Simple allen + roth™ cotton curtain panels (#19673) in a warm white color frame views and filter light with natural softness. A dark-finish rod (#274061) adds a bit of dramatic contrast.
Designer-Look Storage Features
Smart, stylish storage solutions help create that designer look you crave. Check out the examples in this kitchen.
Kitchen designers know how to save steps for the cook. Take a cue from this kitchen by providing storage for cooking oils, herbs and seasonings in a narrow pullout right by the range.
Part of the designer mindset is hiding functional elements behind stylish disguises. For example, you can put a pretty face on kitchen waste by including a cabinetry-matching pullout in the cleanup zone with bins for trash and recycling.
Built-ins are a kitchen designer’s dream because they add function without subtracting square footage. The designer of this kitchen created an attractive built-in mini pantry and wine rack by recessing cabinetry into a wall next to the new peninsula.
Base cabinets with pull-out shelves make it easier to see and access what you have stored in your kitchen. But you don’t have to buy new cabinetry to enjoy this feature—you can retrofit existing units.
Designer Drop Zone
A nice designer touch in any kitchen is a drop zone where you can leave and pick up everyday household items on your way in and out. This doored message center is tucked into wall space just a few inches deep, yet it holds keys, mail, notes and more.
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