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Large pantry cabinets with Roll-out Trays surround the refrigerator.

Designing a kitchen that fits your style, budget and timeline can be challenging. While some projects come together quickly and easily, other kitchens take a bit longer to get just right. This project came together over a series of revisions, including moving doors and walls. The result is a sophisticated blue kitchen with a balanced mix of old and new.

Kitchen Design Revisions

During this process, the homeowner and her kitchen designer made five revisions to the design.

“We understand that creating the right design is going to take time,” Shelly shares. “The initial design is a place to start, but it is not going to be the final design. So as designers, we encourage homeowners to tell us what they want changed.”

This collaboration process is how dream kitchens are created.

Initial design rendering

Initial Design

The first design did not include storage cabinets around the refrigerator.


blue-kitchen final rendering

Final Design

The final design included more cabinet storage and seating around the island.


Casual Elegance in a Blue Kitchen

“It has a casual elegance,” Shelly says. “The sparkle in the backsplash, but the rustic floor, table and stool.”

Even though light, neutral kitchens remain popular, this kitchen shows how darker colors, like blue, have an equally classic appeal. CliqStudios’ Shaker cabinets in Blue are the perfect mix of modern and traditional.

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Choosing a 48-inch refrigerator allowed the designer to create a beautiful, built-in look for the professional appliance.

While cabinet styles and colors do set the backdrop for the kitchen, homeowners bring the space to life with their own finishing details.

“The mason jar lights are adorable and unexpected,” Shelly observes. “The clean lines of the hardware work with the rustic lights, fireplace and floor.”

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A Pull-out Wastebasket next to the oven keeps messes neatly tucked away.

The choices made remodeling the kitchen help tie the rest of the home together.

“The details the homeowner added around the doors looks like the original doors would have,” Shelly explains. “That’s what finished the space: the drama around the window, with the big trim and how it brings the outside in.”

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Both the island seating and the sink face the large window, creating a room with a view.