Dilemma: make a kitchen appear larger without moving any walls.

Solution: move non-load bearing walls to improve the flow.

This home was built in the early ‘90s during the Mediterranean craze so the color palette and materials were dark.

Removing the peninsula that closed off the kitchen from the adjacent Great Room, we were able to create a generous island gaining both flow and storage.

My brilliant GC suggested modifying the ceiling. We installed pressed tin panels, drawing the eye up and giving the illusion of a higher ceiling.

Adding glass upper cabinets is another trick to create the illusion of a higher ceiling. Using frosted glass obscures the contents so you don’t have to call The Home Edit team to zhuzh up a display.

There was a time when pot hangers were in style. They were supposed to give the home a pro kitchen feel. In actuality, it made working at the island feel crowded.

Changing to a lighter paint and cabinet color as well as using light stone for the counters and splash gives the room an airy feel. And who doesn’t like a little pop of color? With an island this big, painting it a timeless blue makes it look more like furniture than cabinetry.

We ran custom hardwood throughout the first floor for a warmer (and more comfortable) feel than stone tile.

While quality craftsmanship never changes, internal features make kitchen cabinets more functional.

As with any successful project, it wouldn’t be possible without a team of dedicated professionals.