A dated kitchen gets a modern makeover

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A dated kitchen gets a modern makeover

After purchasing our home from my grandmother in the fall of 2019, it was time to update the main floor. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and this one was in desperate need of a revamp. The open concept was a must with plenty of storage for our family of four. When it came time to design the kitchen, incorporating a bold colour was at the top of my list. Being an artist and interior decorator, I needed the space to feel bright and inviting.


I love the impact a single colour can create in a space. I chose Hunter Green by Benjamin Moore because it is a deep dark green that can be used in various ways. When used correctly, it can really add personality to a space. By using neutral tones on the more prominent design elements such as cabinetry, countertops and backsplash, I created balance with pops of colour around the room.

When we purchased the home, it was dark and conventional. I chose Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore for the walls, ceiling and trim because it’s a bright white, with no warm or cool undertones. It also pairs well with any accent colour. By keeping the permanent design elements neutral, I can change the accent colour at any point in the future. This is an easy and cost-effective way to modify your decor look whenever you feel like it. Using a lot of white in an open space can become quite mundane. Using gold and green accents around the open concept room provided balance.

I wanted the kitchen to feel light and airy. Using open shelves creates a unique way to display accents such as glassware, decor items, and plants. But with open shelving comes the lack of storage. When it came time to design the walk-in pantry, I made sure we used up every available inch for storage. Having two young children in the house meant needing space for plenty of snacks. The pantry was custom built by Tom Traver Carpentry, and we spent many weeks getting it just right. We added a wine rack, butcher block counters, and electrical outlets for hiding the not-so-pretty kitchen appliances (microwave, toaster and coffee maker). The sliding door is practical for the pantry because it allows ample space to enter without obstructing the flow. It is also easy to close when it becomes messy inside, perfect for those busy mornings. The sliding barn door was designed to mimic the accent wall in our front entry.

I used black tile and grout inside the pantry to achieve a softer look but also to create depth. In the main kitchen area, grey grout was paired with the white hexagon tile to complement the grey details in the quartz countertop. I covered the entire window wall in tile because it generates a much-needed dramatic look. We saved time and money by keeping the existing window in the same location. By adding new moulding around the window, it looks larger and refreshed.

The kitchen before lacked counter space and storage. We changed the layout of the appliances specifically for flow. Removing the centre wall in the main living area opened up the room completely, allowing ample space for a large island and plenty of storage. The grey stone island now acts as an anchor in the kitchen. Its size and location are ideal for entertaining, with enough space to fit four stools comfortably. It was such a satisfying experience designing this kitchen, but watching it all come together was the most rewarding part.

SOURCE: COUNTERTOP – Capa Granite (Ancaster) | BACKSPLASH AND STONE – Eden Tile | CABINETS – Home Depot | PANTRY + BARN DOOR – Custom (Tom Traver Carpentry) | FLOORING – Board of Your Flooring (Brantford) | STOOLS – Structube | FAUCETS – Moen | HARDWARE AND LIGHTING – Lowes | WOOD SHELF – Exotic Woods (Burlington) | CONSTRUCTION – Tom Traver Carpentry

Brittney Traver is an abstract artist and interior decorator living in Brantford, Ont. Traver has spent her career discovering the importance of art in home decor and brings her passion and love of design to each project. brittneytraver.com


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