Kitchen Tour: Industrial Style in White, Blue and Brick
A major renovation uncovers an old fireplace that forms a warm focal point in this lively Pittsburgh kitchen
The couple who owns the home reached out to Popple for help, and the designer spearheaded a nine-month full-house renovation that stripped everything down to the studs, removed walls, raised the ceiling, widened doorways and enlarged windows to get more light into the home. The showpiece of the project is a new modern-industrial white-and-blue kitchen with an exposed red-brick wall and a sun-filled breakfast room.
Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple
Size: The kitchen is 215 square feet (20 square metres) and the breakfast room is 110 square feet (10 square metres)
Designer: Katy Popple Design
Before: The existing kitchen consisted of one cramped room with dark carpet, a single-sink cabinet and a few upper cabinets. Popple took down this wall to open the space to the adjacent living room, seen through the doorway.
The couple wanted lots of pantry space, a big island with a sink in it, open shelving and a modern-industrial vibe.
Subway tile with medium-dark grout and two slim pulley-style pendants prop up the industrial style the couple was going for.
Off-white quartz countertops feature faux marble veining.
Blue is one of the couple’s favourite colours, and they knew they wanted to incorporate it somehow. The bright blue on the island cabinet fronts is a stock colour from the cabinet company. Popple colour-matched it to create a custom paint colour used on the sides and back of the island.
When Popple removed the original dark carpet, she discovered wood flooring that was severely damaged and lacking structural integrity. The contractor removed the floor and jacked it up from below to make it level. Popple then had engineered hardwood laid down in a narrow plank that felt appropriate to the age of the house. “It has some really nice grain texture to it,” she says.
A vintage runner rug adds some rich colours to the design.
The couple wanted extra countertops, a dishwasher and sink to form a combination breakfast area, cocktail bar and garden station to wash hands or clean produce and gardening tools from the deck. “It created this awesome indoor-outdoor flow that really works for their lifestyle,” Popple says.
The floor is black Montauk slate laid in a herringbone pattern. At the last minute, the homeowners decided to put wallpaper up instead of painting. “They hung it themselves right before the cabinets went in,” Popple says. “It gives the feeling of being connected more to the outdoors, and they wanted a little bit busier of an aesthetic in there. Because it’s a small room it can handle it.”
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