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Before and After: A Soho Family Gets Their Loft-Style Dream Kitchen

Before and After: A Soho Family Gets Their Loft-Style Dream Kitchen

Talk about a subtle yet impactful home remodeling project. Get some kitchen inspiration in the form of natural materials, downtown lofts, and the 80s--kind of.

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“It was outdated, but functional,” admits Aaron, the CEO, head designer, and lead kitchen renovation contractor at Gallery Kitchen & Bath. Sure, the Broome Street home kitchen he’s referring to had lamps for lighting; an oven for cooking; a counter for sidling up to with ice cream or homework. But its once cutting-edge design theme had grown stale.

Visitors picked up on a subtle 80’s vibe, even if they weren’t sure why. But Aaron knew why: it was the flat panel cabinetry. Named for their 2d structure free of beveled edges and baroque flourishes, flat panel cabinetry reached peak popularity during the Reagan administration. It remains a desirable choice, but today’s iterations have evolved. A lot. Back when they were first installed, the client’s old-style flat panel cabinets suggested modernity and European-style innovation. But then again, so did Boy George’s hair. And in the years since, that particular style of flat panel cabinetry had come to look kind of outdated.

And so, having diagnosed the cause of the 80’s-ness, he and his team put the kitchen cabinets at the center of their plan, remodeling the entire room but focusing on cabinets so the loft-style open kitchen design could finally reflect the current century.

Even with those Gremlins-era mini-doors, though, Broome Street had a really great kitchen, and Gallery wanted to retain what makes it awesome. It had two great architectural elements already going for it. One was its loft-style structure. With exposed pipes, and ultra-high ceilings partly hoisted by a charmingly ornate column, the room already felt chic, industrial, and arty.

And then there’s the open kitchen design. This is one of the most sought-after kitchen layouts these days; what home remodeling client hasn’t fantasized about shouting, “Tear down this wall?” Since it already had one of the most coveted kitchen floor plans available, air, light, and eyes already flowed with ease from the kitchen to the living space and back again.

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Gallery designers used these desirable elements as a jumping-off point. First, they continued to meld the two rooms together by replacing the floors in both rooms. Previously, the living room’s hardwood ended right at the threshold, where its abrupt transformation into black tile created a space-dividing, room-squashing division. In their kitchen renovation, the team replaced both rooms’ floors with beautiful hardwood, continuing the seamless visual effect that the open-style blueprint began. Along with “tying the space together in true loft fashion,” says Aaron, the wood’s warm, organic identity adds “contrast and balance” to the otherwise slick, subtly industrial digs.

Much of this slickness comes from another change: the new, crisp white color palette. The team changed hues on everything from the walls to the column. They also eliminated visual clutter by replacing the pendant lamps’ chrome heads with clear glass orbs, which surround each light bulb like a barely-there, lighter-than-air soap bubble.

But it’s the cabinets, of course, that really changed things up. Aaron incorporated them into the new white theme, and he made their flat panel profile even flatter by eliminating handles. To do this, he used modern hinge technology that opens the doors when they’re pressed rather than pulled. (Yes, this kitchen remodel project actually changed the room’s physics.)

Not only did he embrace the flatness, but he even extended the flat panel design to other areas of the kitchen, like the appliances. In fact, there are only two handles in the entire kitchen, and they’re located on the fridge and dishwasher. By creating a cohesive, monochromatic flat panel motif, Aaron says, he infused the room with “clean-flowing and symmetrical design, which is extremely important to a modern kitchen.”

The result: a modern yet welcoming space in which to eat, drink, cook, and live.

Ready to refresh a room of your own? Meet with the Gallery Kitchen & Bath designers, or check out the website portfolio to view more remodeling services. With a little imagination, a few bespoke features, and some elbow grease (theirs, not yours) you can design the best kitchen for your own life--and decade.

By Rebecca Loeser