Sally and Robert want to update their kitchen dining area of their Dallas ranch home. Their styles have evolved since they last remodeled their home ten years ago: he likes sleek modern and she prefers a softer contemporary look. The challenge is coming up with a design they can agree on! Since they’ve recently lived through an extensive remodel of their master bedroom and guest bathroom, they aren’t up for any more “construction” or spending a fortune. They’ve also welcomed an adorable and very active puppy into their home, so any changes need to be minimally disruptive as well as pet-friendly. The airy kitchen opens to the dining and living rooms, overlooking the backyard pool through a vista of windows.
When they remodeled their ranch home 10 years ago, Sally and Robert invested in unique smokey-blue polished granite countertops. Neither of them are still in love with the granite, but replacing it isn’t in the budget. The stainless steel appliances and a simple modern dining table (similar) with matching benches are timeless and in great shape. I came up with three looks to add color, texture, and contrast to the kitchen dining area. All of the selections are inter-changeable according to their preferences.
- Paint cabinets: I chose to use a darker color on the lower cabinets to blend with the dark color of the granite for a more modern look. White upper cabinets give the illusion of space and height in the small kitchen
- Replace tile backsplash: The current backsplash is slate and tumbled marble- in style when they chose it 10 years ago, but again, not their preference now. The backsplash is small enough to allow a for a splurge. Robert is a fan of artisan ceramics studios like Heath Ceramics and Fireclay Tile, whose tiles perfectly compliment their ranch style home. Basic white subway tiles with grey grout are a classic and inexpensive option as well.
- Add pendant lights above island: Pendants will add visual interest and needed task lighting, but they can’t be too large or opaque or they’ll overwhelm the space.
- Install butcher block counter(optional): Robert is a true chef and does all of the cooking (lucky Sally)! Butcher block is paractical, inexpensive, and will break up the long expanse of blue granite. The most cost-efficient use would be on the island, but it would also look great as couter beside the range.
- Replace cabinet hardware: Changing out your old knobs with stainless steel or satin brass is an easy way to snazz up cabinets.
- Reupholster dining benches: The benches are currently upholstered in the original leather and have been lovingly chewed by several family pups. Textured vinyl looks great and is easy to clean.
- Indoor-outdoor area rug: These rugs are inexpensive, available in tons of styles and are practical- spills and puppy accidents can be hosed right off.
- Dining head chairs (optional): Interesting head chairs add style to matching dining sets. There are many online sources that sell them in sets of two at a reasonable price.