My favorite thing about Claudia is her love for family and friends. So, it was no surprise that the inspiration for her kitchen would come from a cherished family heirloom. That inspiration resulted in this blue and white kitchen makeover that is all about the details!
New paint colors, interesting hardware, patterned wallpaper, coordinating fabrics, contrasting welt, and peak-a-boo drapery nuances, are just a few of the details.
Blue and White Kitchen Inspiration
As I mentioned the design inspiration began when my client inherited a set of china she had always adored from her Aunt Sallie. Her plan was not to completely renovate the kitchen, but update it with modern traditional style while keeping some favorite existing elements.
Blue and white are a universally favorite color combination in interior design. Adored by many, it’s a classic and will continue to stand the test of time. Armed with blue and white confidence the design plan began.
The existing white floors, which I adored, were definitely a favorite existing element. The best way to show them off was to add a rich dark color to her base cabinets for great contrast. I chose a dark rich navy (Valspar’s Enchanted Navy 4010-8) for the base cabinets. Then we lightened and freshened up the upper cabinets with a white paint color similar to the floor. (Valspar’s Du Jour 7002-6)
Balance & Visual Impact
Seizing a moment to create a little visual impact, the buffet and hutch in the breakfast nook were also painted in our navy. Then we surrounded it with our beautiful blue and white wallpaper of choice, establishing a focal point for the breakfast nook and creating visual balance between the nook and the kitchen area.
This wallpaper from Thibaut adds personality and energy to both the kitchen and the nook. A modern twist on a more traditional pattern from the past. This wallpaper features beautiful shades of blue and white in a trellis like pattern.
The addition of a leopard print to our blue and white kitchen kept things from getting too serious and adds a delightful surprise.
My client and I shared a love for monkey motifs so I knew she would love this fabric featuring blue and white ceramics and monkey”s. The red background gives us a pop of color and provides a little warmth to our blue & white color palette. You’ll notice our leopard print showes up again in the contrast and piping on our kitchen valance. Big shout out here to the value of partnering with an excellent seamstress to create your window treatments. I assigned her with the task of centering the three different monkey’s on the fabric pattern to each of the three bells of the
Big shout out here to the value of partnering with an excellent seamstress to create your window treatments. I assigned her with the task of centering the three different monkey’s from the fabric pattern to each of the three bells of the valance. Thank you Un Farlow. I always love your work.
(not sure why the photo above looks yellowish but no amount of photo editing would help)
It’s All About The Family That Lives There
All interior design projects are family projects and this family also included three darling little dogs, Sam, Ralphie, and Max. I love how animals enrich our lives. These three were very curious as to what the heck was going on.
The homeowners are always hands on in the kitchen, canning and creating glorious dishes. I was lucky enough to receive some of these delicious preserves.
A DIY project even found it’s way into the makeover. The back splash of the hutch was covered in corks from bottles of wine consumed by family and friends. (Yes, a call went out for cork donations because it takes more corks than you would think.)
This little owl was an existing favorite of the homeowners and there again represents her value of friendships past and present. The owl is a symbol of Chi Omaga Women’s Fraternity and circles us back to where we first met as Sisters at Appalachian State University.
Blue and White Kitchen Before and After
I love the last set of photo’s. Lots of supervision by these sweet pups.
It is always a privilege for me to be invited into anyone’s home and to be a part of shaping the spaces that are the background of their life. This project is a great example of where collaboration between designer and client creates the optimal results and a happy client.
If you like this Blue and White Kitchen before and after, Pin the pic above on Pinterest and share the inspiration with others who love living with color. – Marianne