A Tired Traditional Kitchen Turned Terrific in Clarendon Hills

Project Location:  Clarendon Hills, IL

Design Challenge:  This project was a borderline situation where the client desired to eliminate the peninsula and add a larger island for the kids to hangout, do homework and grab a snack. We were also instructed to “ditch the brown.”

Solution:  Step number one, create more visual space in the room. The fridge and range were a little squished together, and since the primary focal point in the room was the range wall, we moved the fridge across the room and created some breathing room for the hood. Eliminating the peninsula made room for a much larger island. We went with a minimalist, clean, industrial look that feels light, bright and airy. The island is a dark charcoal with cool undertones that coordinates with the cabinetry and transom work in both the neighboring mudroom and breakfast area which were also part of the remodel. In the new mudroom, we used a fun porcelain tile on the floor to get a pop of pattern, and walnut accents add some warmth.

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