With all the chaos that comes with having young kids, dogs, careers and all those other adult responsibilities, these homeowners were looking for a place of calm and togetherness. Their kitchen was the most practical place for this investment. When the homeowners purchased the home, the layout of the kitchen was adequate but not the most practically designed or exciting with a bland color scheme – short maple cabinets, pale tile floors and lightly-colored laminate counters.

These days the kitchen is a place of pure delight – a welcoming space, perfect for baking holiday cookies or enjoying a glass of wine with friends.

As the floors were updated first, the rest of the kitchen had to complement the dark shade of the luxury vinyl tile flooring, chosen for its durability and cost-efficiency. The homeowner chose a light grey cabinet with a darker glazed finish to help tie in the dark shades of the flooring. The prominent molding and rubbed bronze hardware provide a hint of elegance throughout this space.

The homeowner decided upon a stainless-steel farmhouse sink to match the appliances – rather than the more traditional white porcelain – for both resilience and aesthetic reasons. The gorgeous quartz countertops with beveled-edging have both grey and blue veining in the stone which tie into the blue-grey colored walls.

Perhaps the most striking feature of the kitchen is the brick wall in the foreground. The homeowners tackled this DIY project themselves using brick veneer. This product is just like regular brick except it’s thin – about one-quarter inch thick. The brick veneer gives the look of an old-world brick wall but with the ease of installing tile. This accent texture adds warmth and coziness to this space along with a timeless appeal that can work with any number of décor styles.

The feeling of togetherness that the homeowners wanted to bring into their home is realized when the family gather around the tastefully designed island. It also provides functional open-shelving and a cabinet on one side with space for two barstools on the other. The nostalgia of the late grandmother’s glass bowl, which happens to correspond to the specs of clear blue crystal within the quartz countertop, provides a sentimental touch to the heart of this family’s home.