Project Reveal: Open Concept/Blue Backdrop
Are you afraid of color? That should probably be the opening question on our client intake form because in many cases, it would be a deal breaker. The key notion there is color, not trends. It's possible to create something that will last and still be colorful without being "neutral." Although, we'd like to make the case that blue is a neutral nowadays! Welcome to this mudroom/eat-in kitchen/family room! City spaces need to work HARD and this one is no exception as our clients wanted a space to put all the kid things when coming in from the garage, a place to eat together, a place to prep and cook AND a place to relax and watch TV.
So here's what we were working with before: a variety of awkwardly sized brown and gray leftovers from previous homes. The requirements were: storage space for 3 kids' outerwear and backpacks and some adult things, a place to sit down (not at the counter) and eat together, and new family room furniture, a powder room refresh, and styling throughout. We delivered with these custom designed lockers, benches, AND dining table crafted by local carpenter Emotive Reclaim. (He also crafted the custom record console in this project.)
With everything happening in this "room" and all the cabinetry, we decided to paint the new cabinetry the same color as the walls (Benjamin Moore 805 New York State of Mind) to simplify. The bookcases flanking the fireplace were existing, we just gave their backs a fresh coat of paint to make it feel more cohesive.
We swapped the existing traditional valances for new upholstered cornices and the sectional/chairs for 2 new sofas and some hair on hide poufs with a new coffee table, rug, and floor lamp.
We convinced our clients that a snake plant in a District planter was a necessary addition! Add at least one green thing!
As part of the project, we were also tasked with a kitchen refresh. It started with a backsplash, faucet, and hardware replacement but also turned into also painting the cabinetry. While a kitchen fresh isn't always appropriate, if you're going to do it, do it all the way. Like other kitchen refreshes we’ve completed before (see them here, here, and here), this kitchen was laid out in a way that was working for the clients and the cabinets were in really great shape - soft close, solid wood construction, a nice big island, and great appliances. The clients weren’t really loving their cherry finish in combination with everything else happening in the room though.
We painted the perimeter cabinets taupe and the island black. For the perimeter, we ended up choosing after a second pass at a sample drawer to go a bit darker than cream and used Benjamin Moore 985 Indian River. It took some time to find a black that didn’t read as gray or blue, which was really a testament to sampling your paint colors! Sample a few colors at a time on the surface they will be painted on to make the final call. Paint transforms on different materials and different surfaces, flat or vertical. We finally settled on Benjamin Moore Advance 2131-10 in Satin Black for the island. We kept the existing counters, but added a really stunning Sonoma Tile Backsplash, new Delta faucets in flat black, and flat black hardware.
Major props go to the tile installers for setting this gorgeous, three dimensional backsplash. When we met on site to go over the layout, it hurt my eyes and brain laying out just a few tiles. They did a fabulous job installing that showstopper.
Last but not least, we did a powder room makeover. The sink and toilet were great to start, but we added some wallpaper to bring some of the blue from the family room/kitchen into it and some fun! We also replaced the mirror and the sconce to liven things up and feel more like our clients and more cohesive with the rest of the house. Plus we added a towel ring to keep the sink nice and clean and free of towel clutter.
This was such a fun project and our favorite part was transforming that mud/dining area. Having a proper place for all your (kids') stuff and a place to eat together comfortably is not only an aesthetic improvement, but it's a quality of life improvement as well. Those are the things that make an impact in your day-to-day enjoyment of your home, which is what we strive for!