Don’t let the statement orange cabinets and sleek mixed metals fool you. When Sierra Penas, interior designer at Ellecor Design & Gifts, started drafting up plans for this kitchen redesign, she placed an equal emphasis on functionality, not just beauty. The result was a roomy kitchen with ample countertop and storage space that also happens to be eye-catching.
But to get there, Penas had to get creative and even move a wall that limited the space’s potential.
“Being able to come up with a floor plan and problem-solve by relocating that central wall achieved what their main goal was, which was functionality,” she says. “They’re big cooks, so they needed workspace. But any time you do a remodel, you also want it to look new. So that was the second goal for them.”
Updating the kitchen also involved new flooring, new cabinetry, new backsplash and new lighting. For this project, Penas convinced her clients to go bold with custom orange cabinetry, a color we don’t see too often in kitchens. “The color is my favorite part for sure,” Penas says. “It is very challenging to present sort of a bold, out-of-the-ordinary color to a client. It takes a lot of visualization meetings, even for clients who are open to out-there ideas like they were.”