Can You Spot the Ikea Hack in This Kitchen Makeover?
Further proof that a monochrome space never fails to please.
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Published on August 16, 2017
A kitchen makeover probably stands at the top of most of our decorative wish lists. For those who have the luxury of making it a reality, you’re in luck. We got our hands on a recent makeover from husband-and-wife creative duo: Studio McGee. Known for their refined yet approachable style, the pair never fails to please when it comes to their inspired redesigns and stunning makeovers. Their latest project comes in the form of an effortlessly chic kitchen with a monochromatic twist. Take a look!
What inspired the makeover?
Our client has two children and with her cabinets literally falling off the walls, she needed a renovation! Since the kitchen is immediately off the entry, she wanted to keep it as a galley kitchen and update the look and function of the space.
What were some of the more significant changes made to the space?
Since we couldn’t change the layout of the space, we focused on making smart, small-kitchen solutions and updating the finishes and appliances. We added a hood above the range and open shelving above the sink to make it feel more light and airy. New lighting above the counter gave the space a beautiful focal point and another layer of lighting, which is always great to have in kitchens.
With two young boys, it was important that the kitchen was durable, so we opted for a beautiful Quartz counter top. Lastly, the new patterned floor and brass accents gave the space more character without overwhelming the small space.
A lack of ample natural light was one of the major design factors that needed to be rectified.
Was there a reason you decided to go with a monochrome look?
Originally our client wanted an all-white, monochrome kitchen, but we felt like black lower cabinets would work to ground the space with a high-contrast look. Plus, it really suited her clean, modern aesthetic and elevated the design. To bridge the high-contrast, we went with a patterned floor tile with a touch of gray to break up the black and white. We also grouted the subway tile backsplash with gray to tie it together. The brass tones in the hardware and light fixtures and natural wood shelves add warmth to the space so it doesn’t feel cold.
An Ikea cabinet system was paired with custom cabinet fronts and chic brass knobs, resulting in an undeniably elegant finish.