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Kitchen design: Warm contemporary minimalism

Kitchen design: Warm contemporary minimalism

This modern kitchen boasts everything from an office nook to a multi-purpose alcove. Author: Janis Nicolay

Kitchen

Kitchen design: Warm contemporary minimalism

Designers Carrie McCarthy and Tanja Hinder create a cozy and casual contemporary kitchen suitable for cooking, entertaining and family time.

A 1911 house suffered from a choppy layout, dark rooms and bad flow. Its kitchen was no exception: The outmoded design needed an update to better serve this family of four. The solution? Designers Carrie McCarthy and Tanja Hinder of Marrimor Design Studio extended the kitchen at the back and opened it up by tearing down a load-bearing wall.

See how this 375-square-foot space was transformed into a brand new minimalist kitchen design below.

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Kitchen design: Warm contemporary minimalism

Renovating the kitchen

The goal of this kitchen renovation combined clean lines, a quiet palette and a mix of natural materials to create a contemporary space that's also approachable and warm. Traditional architecutral detailing, such as the moulding around the windows and doors, alludes to the era of the house.

By: Laura Muir Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Warm contemporary minimalism

After the renovation

With a home-office nook, a large island and a multi-purpose alcove (with a TV, wine storage, shelves, drawers and banquette seating), the kitchen acts as the hub of the open-concept main floor.

By: Laura Muir Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Warm contemporary minimalism

Kitchen island

The 10-foot-long kitchen island, with its sleek waterfall edge, seats four people, houses the microwave and offers both open and closed storage.

By: Laura Muir Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Warm contemporary minimalism

Strategic storage

Well-thought-out storage keeps the kitchen efficient and organized. For example, the office nook includes a cupboard made for the printer; small appliances can be stored in cubbies next to the fridge; and a recycling system is hidden underneath the sink.

By: Laura Muir Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Warm contemporary minimalism

Reno materials

Paint-grade cabinetry mixed with rift-cut American walnut accents; engineered stone countertops; limestone mini-brick mosaic backsplash tiles; white oak flooring with a UV-oil finish; invisible touch-latch hardware; stainless steel appliances.

By: Laura Muir Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Warm contemporary minimalism

Design elements

Elements like built-in appliances, warm light grey countertops and minimalist pale grey-painted flat-panelled cabinetry (with invisible touch latches) give the space an unkitcheny appearance.

By: Laura Muir Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Warm contemporary minimalism

Built-in alcove

A built-in alcove - with a TV, banquette seating and drawers for arts and crafts supplies - provides a place for the homeowners' two young kids to hang out.

By: Laura Muir Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Warm contemporary minimalism

Light-filled space

Extending the kitchen and installing glass-panelled doors, which lead to the backyard, lightened and brightened the space.

By: Laura Muir Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Warm contemporary minimalism

Minimalist display

A few stacked, graphic bowls are among the very minimal accessories on display in this contemporary kitchen.

By: Laura Muir Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

 

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