A Modern Kitchen Makes Way for a Proper Dining Space

A closed-in footprint cracks wide open with a floor plan change, a dramatic tile backsplash, and a new dining area

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Project: Modernizing and improving flow in an awkward kitchen in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

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Before: This Sweeten homeowner purchased a two-bedroom co-op apartment in Clinton Hill about a year and a half before posting his project to Sweeten. Although the kitchen was functional, the layout was not ideal. There was a mishmash of storage, none of which was adequate, and walls lacked definition without a tile backsplash. Only a small peninsula provided the bulk of the work surface. He also wanted to add built-in cabinetry for additional storage. With all of this in mind, the homeowner—a first-time renovator—enlisted this Sweeten contractor to convert his vision into reality.

After: A bright, contemporary kitchen in subtle tones pairs perfectly with a coral accent wall that runs along one side of the kitchen and through the living room. A glass tile backsplash in a mosaic of gray shades is the star of the show. By choosing stainless steel appliances, white cabinets, silver hardware, and a medium gray quartz countertop, the homeowner created a clean backdrop for both the tile backsplash as well as for it to coordinate with the home’s open plan. Given that the new base cabinetry—with many deep drawers—provide plenty of hidden storage, chunky white shelving was installed instead of upper cabinets for a feeling of openness.

Bonus: By reconfiguring the kitchen from a U-shape to a galley setup, the Sweeten contractor made way for a dining space with an ample-sized table that easily seats 6 (or more!), and is directly in front of the kitchen’s large window to boot.

Style finds: Glass mosaic backsplash, white flat-front cabinets, gray quartz countertops, silver cabinet hardware.

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We’ve rounded up the reasons why the galley is one of the most efficient layouts for a small kitchen.

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