Use Caitlin’s tips to achieve your dream kitchen.
1. COHESIVE CONTRIBUTIONS.
Before you make any renovation decisions, look at what you already have. “Consider the style of your home. It’s important to make things cohesive before you start,” says Caitlin.
2. HOUSE BONES.
“Kitchens have architectural details, so start there,” says Caitlin. You’ll want to make sure the style you’re planning complements the existing details.
3. BLACK AND WHITE.
Don’t forget to add some dark tones, even if you want a bright kitchen. “Fresh doesn’t need to be all light,” says Caitlin. “What’s fresh is the contrast of elements, so black will make the whites feel fresher.”
4. WHITE WALLS.
“You can never go wrong with white paint,” she says. Not only will white walls make your kitchen feel clean and bright, it will allow you more creativity with your décor colors.
5. FUNCTION, NOT FUTURE.
Don’t stress about choosing a design that will still look new in 30 years. “Everything changes, and everything is always going to look dated eventually,” says Caitlin. “Cater to your present life and what makes you happy now. Make it a reflection of who you are and how you want to spend your time.”
“Due to the limited space in the house, every area has to serve multiple functions.”
SMALL TO SPACIOUS
To improve the use of space, she moved the washer and dryer to the wet-bar area right outside the kitchen and replaced them with a desk area. “Due to the limited space in the house, every area has to serve multiple functions,” says Caitlin. The desk is great for work, but can also be used for prepping food. The new washer/dryer area is a miniature laundry room and can double as a buffet area when friends visit. To open up the kitchen, they replaced a small window with French doors that allow light to shine through the glass. They also knocked down one of the walls, but were cautious not to create a layout that was too modern. “We needed a balance between opening up the floor plan and keeping the integrity of the small vintage house,” says Caitlin.
To complement the vintage feel of the rest of the home, Caitlin worked with a soft color palette. “I didn’t want anything to be too shiny or new, so we stayed away from gold and went with brushed copper accents,” she says. “The basic Shaker style is always the answer to in-between styles.”When trying to achieve a fresh and eclectic style, it can be difficult to know where to begin. “Every element depends on every other element, so I have to design it all at the same time,” Caitlin says. When choosing the materials, it’s best to pick patterns that don’t distract from one another. “You have to pick what you want to be the star and the supporting cast,” she says. “The tile was the statement piece, and we went from there.” Caitlin also made sure to create a balance with the color palette. The walls, counters and cabinets are bright, so she added matte black plumbing fixtures, a chair, stools and black-and-white tile to balance the look and make the bright colors stand out.
This kitchen has an unusual backsplash that doesn’t span the entire wall. “I eliminated uppers along the wall where the range was,” says Caitlin. “I didn’t want it to be heavy and closed in. The compromise is modern and clean and doesn’t distract from the floor tile.” They went “chunkier” with the strip to make it look purposeful and protect the wall from oil splashes. A farmhouse sink balances modern and traditional, softening the space.
ABOVE LEFT| For added color, you can never go wrong with some greenery, flowers or a painting. Use these changeable items to give your kitchen balance. If the space feels loud or bold, soften it with some solid-colored décor. If it’s missing a pattern or color, find some wall art that complements the existing color scheme.
ABOVE| Caitlin added a work desk to the other side of the kitchen. “I love to create zones, even in a small space,” she says. Instead of a floor-to-ceiling pantry, this extra counter space is perfect for computer work, meal prep and even folding laundry. The cabinets are used for storing food and other household items.