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While the cabinets channel an old-world look, updated appliances, including a European-style refrigerator, modernize the space’s functionality.
To spruce up a lackluster kitchen, a homeowner looked to Europe for inspiration, incorporating a rustic, sunbaked look with earthy tones to emulate the Tuscan hillsides.
Pre-remodel, the kitchen had functionality but lacked visual interest—the woodwork and flooring were the same honey maple color, for example. To incorporate pastoral Italian influences and more dimension, interior designer Kristen Peck of Knight Construction Design began with the cabinets.
The existing cabinetry was well built, so the design team kept the majority of it, only rebuilding a few cabinets to accommodate new appliances. But for a completely different look, the team enameled the cabinet doors in a cream color with an espresso-hued glaze.
While the cabinets channel an old-world look, updated appliances including a European-style refrigerator, gas cooktop, drawer-style microwave, and dishwasher with wood panel modernize the space’s functionality.
For the homeowner and Peck, the real showpieces of the kitchen are the decorative hood and furniture-style island. “The hood and island feature carved elements of grapes and vines to coordinate with décor that the homeowner already loved,” Peck says. The island addition, with its walnut wood butcher-block top, also allows for ease in entertaining as well as a pop of color.