Kitchen interior: Into the blue

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Kitchen interior: Into the blue

Nothing says clean, tidy and organized like a white colour scheme. That's the reason so many designers choose it for high-traffic, hard-working areas like kitchens and bathrooms, and Style at Home editor-in-chief Erin McLaughlin herself is certainly no stranger to its appeal. When she was asked to take on the renovation of this west-end Toronto home, the no-shade shade seemed like the obvious choice to update the busy, cluttered space - with its claustrophobic muddle of patterned orange wallpaper, brown wood cabinets and dingy yellow-ivory accents - that hadn't seen a paintbrush or a contractor since 1965.

But white can also be stark and, in a bright space like this one, even near-blinding on a sunny day. Erin's strategy was to temper the snowy hue with a grounding colour that wouldn't overwhelm the room with contrast, and then carefully consider the small details to add layers of texture that ease the eye. If a clean white slate was the clear preference for the overhaul of the room, Erin thought, then a calm, soothing blue was its unequivocal counterpart.

The before The kitchen before its light, Euro-style makeover.
Painted ceiling Crisp pure white is softened with hits of calming blue. A particular stroke of genius was to coat the ceiling in Beauti-Tone Paint's Pale Sky from the Style at Home Colour Collection; it lends the kitchen a shimmery, watery glow. blue-kitchen-sink.jpg
Washing space A pure, streamlined look keeps this room fresh and modern. The undermount sink ensures the countertops look sleek and tidy. blue-kitchen-appliances.jpg
Bashful blues Integrated Euro-style appliances form a seamless look with the white cabinets. The pendant light was lacquer tinted in Benjamin Moore's Bashful Blue 2065-70 by Pro Glo Paints. blue-kitchen-nook.jpg
Kitchen nook A charming nook - perfect for homework and a cup of tea - sits where the sink used to be. blue-kitchen-chalkboard.jpg
Hub of the home Keep track of groceries and activities with framed chalkboards. Sitting opposite the kitchen nook -- the new hub of the home -- it's the perfect spot for keeping track of house necessities and family schedules. blue-kitchen-storage.jpg
Kitchen storage The IKEA cabinets have shelves on silding tracks to keep everything organized and easy to reach. The ample hidden storage helps keep the kitchen clear of clutter.


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Kitchen interior: Into the blue