PLANS AND FINISHES
The owner of this new construction home, off of Bayou Lafourche, had her final architectural drawings completed, but wanted further insight and help with the layout and planning of her new kitchen. With a family of growing boys, she needed the space to be highly functional and with lots of storage.
She and I worked together to initially develop the floor plan and practicality of the workspace. The challenge was squeezing in large appliances and counter height eating surfaces, along with dedicating as much space as possible to closed storage.
After the functional aspects were decided we moved on to the finishes, and how she wanted the space to feel. Keeping a neutral palette with just a pale blue wall, helps the cabinetry feel light and not overpowering in the space. The similar tones used in the countertops, cabinets, and backsplash all work together to contrast with the dark stain.
A little side note on stained concrete. This is one of the first projects where I used stained concrete for the flooring, but I have done other projects since. Narrowing down a stain color is very hard, and it’s even harder to predict the final result. Similar to wood stain the application can make a huge difference in the outcome of the wash. It’s even more difficult to reproduce a certain color shown in a brochure or inspiration photo.
Just know that if you opt to go the stain route, ask to have lots of samples made showing different choices. Most colors don’t look anything like what you see on a swatch. It’s safer to know what you are getting before you commit to an entire room or house.
The design portion of this project was completed before construction even began, but it’s always good to have everything selected and lined up beforehand. It will save you the headache of making quick decisions during construction.
After handing off the design, I never really know how it will turn out. It’s always a nice surprise when clients keep the basic elements from my scheme. For instance in this one, some of the finishes were tweaked but the overall feeling and design intent is there. I’m particularly happy she installed the island pendant, because I think it adds so much interest to the room and it’s one of my favorites.