“Most midcentury modern designs feature an open floor plan but not this one,” laughs interior designer Amy Elbaum. “The 60’s kitchen had an intruding peninsula—once eliminated, I needed to figure out how to add back the lost seating.”
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The family room butted up to the kitchen so there wasn’t room for stools around the new island. “So I created a bench in the window bay that can seat up to two adults or three kids,” says Elbaum.
“To update the area, I removed the soffit, added 4” ceiling molding, and swapped out the dark 3” laminate flooring for 7.5” European engineered white oak,” she continues.
- Color theme: Neutral tones play off the black and white colors to create a modern feel.
- Table: The oval 60” white lacquer table fits nicely in the nook.
- Walls: Bright white paint on the walls and the window mullions create a clean, crisp look.
- Window treatment: The windows were left bare to maximize the natural light and connect the interior to the exterior.
- Window seat: A built-in bench creates extra seating without taking up space.
- Pillows: A mix of prints and colors, including a pop of purple, plays up the solid-gray cushion made of stain-proof vinyl.
- Chairs: Light ceruse wood adds a natural element to the space while arched backs and a woven base create a comfy seat.
- Wall art: “HA HA HA” is repeated throughout this playful black and white print.
- Molding: A beefed up 5” baseboard adds depth and height to the trim.
- Cabinets: Custom shaker cabinets, including two glass-front display cabinets, were painted a soft gray.
- Hardware: Brass pulls were used on the cabinet drawers along with matching knobs on the island.
- Pendants: The cone-shaped black pendants pop against the light cabinetry.
- Countertops: The perimeter countertops are covered in white quartz, the island is topped with Calcutta quartz.