Renovated Carlsbad kitchen
Photo by Mindy Nicole, original photo on Houzz

By Jennifer Blaise Kramer | Houzz

The clients wanted a change for their white kitchen with dark granite that they felt produced a bland style. To update the kitchen with a breezier look, designer Hope Pinc brought in brighter white cabinets, wall paint and quartz countertops. Layering in black accents and bohemian rugs gave contrast and texture.

“We wanted the space to have an overall effortless feel, with lighter materials and eclectic elements throughout,” Pinc says.

Kitchen at a Glance

  • Who lives here: A couple with two young girls
  • Location: Carlsbad
  • Size: 315 square feet
  • Designer: Hope Pinc of Hope Pinc Design

Paint: Origami White, Sherwin-Williams; cabinetry: Dixieland; table and bench: West Elm; rug: Loloi

Before: Previously, all the appliances were jammed together on the back wall, inhibiting workflow.

After: Pinc shifted the stove and refrigerator to offer more workspace, function and flow. She replaced the dark granite island top with white quartz, while new cabinets got a hit of brass hardware (a trend we noticed recently). Pinc swapped the old tiled floors for washed Platinum Oak hardwood, and layered more rugs for comfort and an “unexpected element,” she says. Get With the Trend: Brass Cabinet Hardware.

Quartz countertops: Arizona Tile; floors: Artistry Hardwood; Mod Hex pull and knobs in brass finish, Emtek; range and hood: Thermador

Gray contrast: To offset the white, Pinc chose a cool, custom gray paint for the island, which she increased in size for more workspace, storage and seating. Brass wire barstools echo the hardware.

Barstools: CB2

Graphic backsplash: Pinc used graphic cement tile on the backsplash to play off the black and white in the room, which she felt created both contrast and cohesiveness. “It really added a fun hypnotic rhythm to the space, creating a bold feature but very quietly because we used it sparingly,” she says. More Ways to Rock a White Kitchen.

Tile: Clé

Shelfie station: “Since we reworked and replaced all of the cabinetry, my clients had a lot of additional storage space, allowing us to incorporate open shelving into the design,” Pinc says. “It’s the perfect way to showcase prized objects, nice-looking everyday kitchenware, cookbooks, vases, small potted plants — the sky’s the limit.”

Graphic fireplace surround: To continue the subtle black-and-white graphics in the kitchen, the designer found a VOC-free “slant stitch” ceramic tile for the opposing fireplace wall. Its wallpaper look lends a “bold and modern, yet subtle and soft” feel that completes the boho-chic feel of this open space. Traditional Fireplace Screens in Black, Brass, and More.

Tile: Erin Adams