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A monochromatic kitchen makeover

This was my first full kitchen renovation and it became a real-life, hands-on, learning experience that design classes just aren’t able to teach. The kitchen turned out to be perfect and I am in serious ‘like’ with all of the material and design choices, even years later! Each material was thoughtfully selected to keep with the timeless architecture of the home and also to function for a modern family.

Swell House Interior Design
Swell House Interior Design

Before

Sources:  Cabinets / Knobs / Pulls / Counters / Tile / Stove / Fridge / Dishwasher / Faucet / Stools / Pendants / Rug / Salt & Pepper / Kettle / Cutting Boards / Dish Soap / Small Bowl / Towels / Apron / Dishwares / Flowers

Swell House Interior Design
Swell House Interior Design
Swell House Interior Design

I kept the color palette neutral by painting the walls a favorite white (Cloud Cover) by Benjamin Moore to integrate with the other rooms in our home. I wanted to add some interest, which is why I chose black for the lowers and white for the upper shaker casework. The countertops are quartz, practically indestructible, but are honed for a more natural aesthetic. The thin glazed brick backsplash has a pitted texture and I love the earthy, imperfect element it adds to the space.

Swell House Interior Design
Swell House Interior Design
Swell House Interior Design

The plumbing fixtures, appliances, and hardware are stainless steel for that mix of modern design with timeless details. I kept the hardwood floors in the kitchen to give the space the warmth it needed. I think most kitchens should have a hardwood floor for a seamless and warm look.

Swell House Interior Design
Swell House Interior Design

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