A Once Dark & Dreary Kitchen Gets a Jaw-Dropping Remodel — Why It Works


The kitchen is the heart of the home; a place where friends and family gather and delicious bites are enjoyed, gossip is shared, homework is done. So it follows that this space should also be visually appealing to the senses to make those delectables, both edible and emotional, that much more enticing. Let’s talk about this kitchen for instance: What once was a dark, dreary, frankly depressing and dated space is now an open, refreshing kitchen full of life and joy-inducing design moments.

Designed by Jessica McClendon of Glamour Nest, this Los Angeles kitchen has many takeaways, but I want to specifically talk about the following four, which detail design ideas you could borrow for your own kitchen (whether you’re thinking of remodeling, or just sprucing up!).

First things first, colorful cabinets are always a good idea.

If these bright turquoise lower cabinets don’t grab your attention, then I simply can’t help you. These beauties are so fresh and when met with the crisp white of the upper cabinets…magic! A full wall of a poppy blue might be a bit overwhelming, but Jessica was smart to keep the jolt of color only at the bottom half of the cabinetry.

There’s always room for a bit of vintage.

Nothing warms up a modern space more than some throwback touches. In this case, the appliance star is that killer vintage stove, which appears to be the only thing that remained from the original kitchen. It’s the perfect juxtaposition to the sleek hardware and punchy cabinetry, and adds that touch of je ne sais quoi every interesting room needs.

The high contrast backsplash takes a standard look to the next level.

Simplicity is really the main ingredient in this sweet space. But when it came to the backsplash, the use of a dark contrast grout added an element of warmth and interest to the otherwise safe design choice that is your standard subway tile.

And, let’s talk about that rug!

The eclectic textured rug adds the perfect amount of character and playfulness the kitchen needs. The plush, nubby ground and unexpected print keep the space from feeling too serious or sterile.

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