These Sweeten renovators opted to add color to their kitchens, with head-turning results
The use of color is perhaps the single most important ingredient when re-designing a space. It can add a point of interest that elevates the design and makes it stand out. But a “pop of color” doesn’t mean the color has to be overly bold. It can be a nicely balanced rich hue that helps define the look of the space. Here, we share examples of Sweeten renovators who added color to kitchens and turned up the overall design of their homes.
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Blue kitchens for the win
The use of the color blue has seen an uptick in use in the last few years. As seen in these Sweeten renovations, the shade, placement, and amount of blue may vary, but each project uses the hue to its fullest potential. Laura and Walter’s renovation of their Park Slope apartment included a kitchen and bath remodel but it’s the kitchen where they made the most dramatic choice. They used Lucerne from Benjamin Moore to give style to their entire kitchen.
Conversely, Sweeten renovator Arnish wanted his kitchen to be more neutral for resale purposes but still wanted to add some personality. He did so by putting in white upper and base cabinets but using blue (almost black) cabinets in the peninsula.
These Sweeten homeowners wanted a “classic [kitchen] with flair.” To achieve this, Tracey and Brian incorporated blue when redoing their kitchen—a project that they had dreamed about since they moved into their Pelham Manor home 14 years ago. Blue is Tracey’s favorite color, so like Laura and Walter, they found a color from Benjamin Moore they liked. However, they were pleasantly surprised when they realized Omega had cabinets in almost that exact shade, eliminating the need for a custom paint color.
A long-distance relationship would soon culminate into living together in a 1915 co-op for Kim and Ian. With Kim in New Jersey and Ian in Australia, they were relieved that shopping for materials could be done online, including the sky blue herringbone backsplash tile.
Going green in the kitchen
These Sweeten renovators decided to give green a go. When Keren Richter’s client hired her to design the kitchen in his Brooklyn home, she was happy he was game to think of the box. “Repainting the gray kitchen cabinetry in a vivid green was a biggie,” recalled Keren. “The color is a total showstopper, and we are so glad he was game!” Likewise but in a softer hue, Laura and Tim updated their Queens townhouse kitchen in green. The mint green shaker-front cabinets “match the feel of the old house but are also clean and modern at the same time.”
For their kitchen, Gina and Andrew were inspired by their co-op’s verdant backyard. They wanted to bring the outside in, so they chose a beautiful shade of agave for the lower cabinets. Similarly, Maggie and Adam chose a light green for their lower cabinets in order to “add the layer of color that fit their style.”
A passion for a purple kitchen
Marissa used Sweeten when remodeling her bathroom a few years ago. So, when she and her husband, Jeremy, were ready to redo their kitchen, they turned to the renovation matchmaker once again. Their Sweeten contractor was able to help them envision the flow and look of the space. To keep the space from feeling washed out with all white cabinets, they added a deep purple on the nearby walls. The result is a stylish yet classic design that will stand the test of time.
Not-so-mellow yellow cook space
David and Dawn’s kitchen in their Park Slope loft was badly in need of a renovation. The cabinets had seen a lot of wear and tear, and appliances and drawers were not in the best positions. They wanted a kitchen that they could entertain in. They worked with a Sweeten contractor to reconfigure the layout and then turned their sights on the design details. The centerpiece of the entire kitchen is the yellow Moroccan tile backsplash. “It makes us happy every day,” she said. Another delight: the organic feeling of the small details that blend seamlessly into the rest of their home.
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