Anyone who's ever remodeled their home can agree that kitchens might be one of the most exciting rooms to see made over. Especially if you're gutting the space, installing all-new cabinets and appliances, and going in a completely different stylistic direction, a kitchen makeover can be an impressive sight and awe-inspiring metamorphosis. Designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt of JWS Interiors took on the transformation of a dark, passé kitchen into an airy, inviting space filled with light and bright white finishes accented with gold. "My client wanted to gut the outdated brown kitchen and create a luxury, light-infused space that was practical and pretty when entertaining family and friends," she recounts. The designer leans toward sophisticated, modern design—with the client's design needs, preferences, and taste in mind, of course—which is evident in the kitchen remodel pictures here. The striking final product balances traditional elements with a clean, modern direction.
"The original kitchen had a small footprint, so we decided to take out a wall and put in a steel beam for support," explains Schmidt. "Ultimately, this enabled us to double up—both the size of the kitchen and with the inclusion of not one but two oversize waterfall islands."
"The islands have large drawers for maximum storage which holds pots, pans, and multiple sets of dishes and flatware," describes Schmidt. "One island is for prep; the other is for entertaining and includes a beverage station."
"We accented all the white with the client's favorite finish—gold," says Schmidt. "From the island lanterns to the sconces to the beautiful hardware."
Shop the look: Circa Lighting Darlana Small Lantern in Gilded Iron ($483)
Even the kitchen appliances give the room an added opulence. "The professional oven, Miele coffee station, and even the pot filler all add a touch of luxury to the space."
"I incorporated the open shelving to keep the space airy," notes Schmidt. "That wall is the first thing you see upon entering the space. Too many upper cabinets would have hindered our goal of an open kitchen."
Shop the look: Circa Lighting Boston Functional Single Arm Library Light in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass ($349)
"The original hardwood floors were stripped of their brown stain, returning the wood to its natural, light finish, completing our look," says Schmidt.
Shop the look: Arteriors Wyndam Swivel Bar Stool ($750)
"Planning a kitchen is always a big challenge," notes Schmidt. "There are many detailed aspects that can get lost in the fray of a project if you aren't careful. Timing is everything. If something is delayed, it can affect the entire process."