Bold-Color Kitchen Makeover
A few cans of paint turn a cold white kitchen into a warm, cheerful space full of character
Nothing revives an old room like an energetic new color scheme. In Rich and Sue Linder's 1940s ranch house in Laguna Beach, California, a previous remodel left behind a washed-out white kitchen, save for the sensational 1945 stove Sue inherited from her mother. White beadboard and glass-front cabinets mixed with open shelves; a red range hood and pendants helped tie in the vintage range. Still, the room looked a little tired.
Shown: The cabinets and counters stayed the same, but a carefully composed riot of colors makes the remodeled room as warm and welcoming as its 1940s stove.
Earlier upgrades brought in open shelves and white walls, and, later, a niche for the fridge and bamboo floors.
So the couple called in local colorist Kathleen Jewell. She took one look at the light pouring in on three sides and drew up a palette befitting the sunny space, including bright yellow walls, a citron ceiling, and lime wainscoting. Jewell set off the couple's colorful tableware with a dynamic turquoise backdrop and gave the room an edge, literally, with black trim around doors, windows, and floorboards. That revved-up range finally has surroundings that suit its playful spirit. Says Sue of the space: "It's fun and uplifting, and makes us smile."
The ceiling's yellow-green, a much warmer alternative to white, sets off the red-rimmed pendant lights.
Open shelves gained new dimension with a graphic black frame and turquoise paint on the back.
Green wainscoting helps set off the dining area while red accents, yellow walls, and a turquoise-and-black table tie it in to the kitchen.
The layout of the 210-square-foot galley remains the same, with exterior doors at either end and an entryway to the living room.