This outdated galley kitchen in Northwest Austin featured a travertine backsplash and dark granite countertops. A built-in pantry limited the available counter space surrounding the range and made the kitchen feel closed in.
On the other end of the kitchen sat an awkwardly placed breakfast table, blocking traffic from four directions, and beside it, a countertop so far removed from the rest of the kitchen that it couldn’t serve any vital purpose.
We would normally start by telling you all about the changes we made in this kitchen remodel that exponentially increased functionality, but we’ll give you a minute first to take in this brilliant backsplash! Apologies for the glaring sun, but where once there was a cramped area around the range, there’s what feels like miles of countertop in comparison. Taking out the pantry closet here made a world of difference. The kitchen feels more open, more inviting, and more connected to the adjacent family room.
In place of the old range, we now have a separate cooktop and oven, which feels much more modern and updated. The micro-hood is nixed in favor of an under-counter model, for an elevated look. This luscious backsplash in colorful bands of aqua, turquoise, citron green, and golden yellow takes center stage, flanked by custom white shaker cabinetry.
On the sink side of the kitchen, the clients enlarged the window for an expanded view of the backyard, allowing more natural light into the space.
They opted to remove some upper cabinetry and use floating French oak shelves instead, to maintain an airy feeling.
A built-in cabinet houses the new pantry space.
Room Fu designed a new breakfast table with a minimal steel base, powder-coated in white and topped with a quartz countertop to match the rest of the kitchen. This piece was custom made to fit the precise width of the wall to the right of the new pantry. Now traffic can move freely from the family room to the backyard, and from the kitchen to the laundry room.
The counter height of the new table means this spot can be used as overflow prep and serving space when entertaining. Contemporary counter-height stools in white faux leather make sure the backsplash gets to stay the star of the show.
The quartz countertop is mostly white, with very subtle gray veining.
The new color scheme coordinates well with the peacock blue dining room adjacent to the kitchen.
A new stainless steel sink features a lip near the top edge, where accessories like cutting boards and colanders sit.
Chrome plumbing fixtures, including a faucet with detachable sprayer, disposal button, and a built-in soap dispenser, keep things tidy at the sink and coordinate with chrome cabinet hardware.
Sleek, chrome cabinet knobs and pulls are a modern finishing touch.
We covet this backsplash! It feels so clean and fresh.
If you’d like professional design assistance with your own kitchen remodel, Room Fu is ready to book your interior design consultation! Visit our rates page for pricing info and text us at 512-797-5821 when you’re ready.