A overview of how white home equipment, counter tops and walnut cupboards met their match
This text relies on and impressed by an precise IKD design. We created a buyer narrative to make it enjoyable and simpler to grasp.
Typically, there’s an excessive amount of of an excellent factor. This was the design problem dealing with IKD buyer Nancy, whose massive 168-square-foot kitchen was overrun with white counter tops, white home equipment and white cupboards – even white flooring!
“After we first moved in, I actually questioned why the earlier proprietor chosen an all-white kitchen. I knew right away that I couldn’t cook dinner there. It was really distracting. The prevailing ceiling lights lit up the house and rays of sunshine have been bouncing alongside the shiny white tile ground,” she explains.
Due to this fact, she desperately wished to calm the house with wood-toned doorways and matte chrome steel home equipment together with a brand new wooden ground. After researching examples of kitchen designs on HOUZZ and Pinterest, she discovered IKD on-line and started working with IKD designer Merari to start out her IKEA kitchen transform. This included incorporating personalised touches, similar to a lightweight blue, angled insert tile backsplash all through; base cupboards with drawers as a substitute of doorways; a number of undercounter lighting to remove overhead illumination and IKEA white Kasker 3cm quartz counter tops (as a nod to the outdated white fashion).
The result’s a way more refined and natural-looking house which mixes IKEA SEKTION cabinetry framework with Semihandmade (SHM) Basic Walnut cupboard doorways (together with the peninsula island) and Tremendous Matte white slab door fashion higher cupboards, and distinctive accent cupboard items. These options present ample storage choices for when Nancy and her husband are entertaining family and friends, together with the intelligent wine storage space positioned above the counter tops subsequent to the Café/Bosch 30″ combo microwave/oven. The kitchen additionally options quite a lot of non-IKEA home equipment, similar to a Bosch 500 Collection dishwasher; an LG French door, counter depth fridge/freezer and a Bosch 800 Collection fuel cooktop. Different notable merchandise embody the IKEA HALLBAR trash pullout; an IKEA SEKTION nook base cupboard with pullout becoming and a personalized spice pullout, created with one in every of IKD’s signature IKEA cupboard hacks. (Keep in mind: IKD was really useful by the New York Occasions as a design useful resource for IKEA clients contemplating customized doorways for his or her cupboards.) In whole, 18 IKEA cupboards costed $3,939, together with $443 for the Additional Gadgets record, which incorporates the interior organizers and customized spice pullout in addition to two 9″ IKEA VADHOLMA brown open storage items put in horizontally excessive of the adjoining desk space. Conversely, the overall value of the SHM cupboards was $13,373 (together with 38 SHM door/drawer fronts and 34 panels), placing the overall value for the kitchen transform at $17,755 — nicely underneath their unique finances of $20,000!
“I’m so glad we discovered IKD, and Merari’s design options have been ultimate for our kitchen. I actually couldn’t perform in that all-white kitchen! The customized cupboards from SHM creates such a pure really feel and we simply love how our IKEA kitchen flows so nicely with the remainder of our dwelling,” she concludes.
Let’s see how Nancy’s kitchen got here collectively!
A Pure Match for Walnut Cupboards
Firming down the white kitchen was clearly on the prime of Nancy’s want record.
To deal with this, Nancy chosen Semihandmade (SHM) Basic Walnut base cupboards, which run from the Bosch 800 Collection fuel cooktop, round and underneath the sink space and the Bosch 500 Collection dishwasher, to the other aspect with the peninsula island. This addressed Nancy’s want for base cupboards with drawers quite than doorways and presents an amazing quantity of space for storing that was underutilized within the unique structure.
Apparently, Nancy additionally opted for SHM Tremendous Matte White slab doorways which float on both aspect of the 30” Winflo chrome steel wall-mount vary hood. This offers storage choices for plates and glassware and establishes a complement to the nice and cozy walnut hues of the bottom cupboards in addition to enhancing the IKEA white Kasker counter tops. The sunshine blue, angled insert tile backsplash provides a creative high quality all through the house and a way of heat as nicely. Tying the look collectively are 40″ Basic Walnut floating cabinets from SHM, which changed the earlier (and quite unusual!) angled wall cupboards that have been featured. The cabinets supply further storage choices for plates and serving dishes, and even for ornamental objects similar to candles and vases. “We love how the floating cabinets are so fashionable and add such perform to our kitchen. That space was a wasted ‘useless zone’ beforehand and now it’s one of many highlights!” Nancy says.
A Model New Kitchen
Retaining the integrity of the kitchen footprint was vital to this IKEA kitchen transform as nicely, particularly for the reason that unique structure flowed into the adjoining den space.
Merari explains: “They wished to take care of the identical house structure and have been open to transferring the home equipment a number of inches if needed. Oddly, the unique kitchen sink was 4-1/4″ off middle from the window. This drove Nancy nuts! She insisted that it needed to be centered within the new design,” she says.
So after centering the sink, it was vital to enhance the work triangle in order that Nancy and her husband might extra readily put together household meals in addition to once they have been entertaining. This consists of the chrome steel LG French door counter depth, fridge/; the IKEA HALLBAR trash pullout underneath the sink; and inside organizers, such because the IKEA SEKTION nook base cupboard with pullout becoming and a personalized spice pullout, created with one in every of IKD’s signature IKEA cupboard hacks. This ensures that any wanted objects are saved, but readily accessible, with out plenty of fuss or effort.
Moreover, Merari took benefit of the brand new peninsula island, with out there seating for 2 and extra drawer storage choices with the bottom cupboards. That is ultimate for friends to chill out whereas the couple prep meals and to additionally home seasonal dishware, amongst others.
Gentle It Up
Regardless of its unique challenges, the kitchen did present some design benefits.
As an illustration, the kitchen already supplied tons of pure gentle and high-vaulted ceilings angled between 8’to 10’. This was key because it allowed for inventive design options, such because the GRIMSLOV floating higher cupboards subsequent to the hood (there was virtually two toes of wasted house above the present higher cupboards beforehand!) and enabled Merari to remove the present – and really distracting — overhead illumination. Particularly, it allowed for IKEA FORBATTRA rounded deco strip undercounter lighting which provides ambiance at night time and makes meals prep and clear up simpler for the couple as nicely. Throughout the day, the pure gentle from the sink window and close by consuming space sliding doorways brightens the house as nicely.
“We couldn’t be happier with the outcomes of our IKEA kitchen; from the walnut cupboards, to the IKEA counter tops, to the nice storage choices and the way it flows seamlessly to the consuming space and different rooms. It’s all the pieces we hoped for and we’re so glad we selected IKD!”
IKD’s Abstract: Re-imagining this earlier all-white kitchent was a novel problem. It was such a spacious structure and had these tremendously tall ceilings — and a lot wasted house. Nonetheless, the customized cupboards from SHM present a pure, heat, really feel that breathed new life into this design. The IKEA cupboards together with some intelligent storage options make sure that Nancy and her husband will be capable of take pleasure in their house for years to return!
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