This Storage-Packed Kitchen Remodel is a Baker's Dream
When a Chicago family tasked designer Amy Storm with overhauling their1904 home's kitchen, she expanded the space by annexing a small office. That gave her room for the dedicated baking area and strategic storage her clients wanted, plus the merger capitalized on the office's corner windows. Stain-resistant quartz counters and subway tiles in light hues bounce all that new sunlight, but Storm made sure to mix in wood and charcoal paint, granting the family's final wish—go bright, but not all white.
Before and After: In the Zones
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Learn about the materials Amy Storm used to achieve the desired eclectic look.
Strikingly patterned and a greener choice than porcelain, matte-finish cement tiles have soared in popularity. If you consider them, keep in mind that though durable, they're fussier to install and will develop a patina, even with sealing.
The homeowners like the Parisian bistro ambiance of floor-to-ceiling subway tile. Dark grout sharpens and updates the style (and masks stains better than white).
It's OK to match a little—just not too much. Satin nickel cabinet pulls mimic the stainless-steel appliances and have a traditional shape, while gunmetal and brass finishes take the light fixtures in a different direction.
Storm ditched the dated all-wood look, then brought back the natural material in smaller doses. Walnut cabinets, barstools, and accent shelves warm the white and gray palette and echo floors in adjacent rooms.