Decor Voyeur

Decor Voyeur: Feast your eyes on these kitchen before-and-afters

Decor Voyeur - have a peek inside amazing homes at The Unexpected ChicOne of my favourite things about watching decor makeover shows is seeing how ghastly the rooms were before. There’s something satisfying about pointing out the things that should be improved and chuckling over the silly outdated materials and layouts.

Equally satisfying is seeing the end product after the renovation and casting your vote on whether they did a great job, or whether you’d have done it all differently!

Well, four treats for you here today, with some highly unfortunate beginnings and generally much improved results. The verdict is yours, though – impressive and effective facelifts, or reno-gone-wrong?

KITCHEN RENO 1: A galley kitchen gets storage

Bulky old beige appliances and a lino floor make way for updated stainless steel and white, plus a restored original wood floor. Simple shaker-style cabinet fronts make the look classic rather than dated, and new upper cabinetry adds storage and brings the look together.

KITCHEN RENO 2: A colonial kitchen goes from dark and boring to grand and bright

A new comma-shaped island adds in a dining function and new appliances bring the technology up to date. A tumbled-stone backsplash warms up the fresh white of the cabinets adn compliments the cranberry colour of the upper walls.

KITCHEN RENO 3: A terrible 80’s country kitchen gets an eclectic update

A cool colour scheme makes this kitchen much more chic, and taking the cabinets all the way up to the ceiling visually enlarges the space. A fun backsplash of mixed tumbled glass, stone and metal tiles, along with the punched metal light fixtures and patterned seats add personality to an otherwise classic scheme. The new multi-height island adds function and zoning which is a huge improvement on the previous trying-too-hard triangular shape.

KITCHEN RENO 4: A stark and boring space gets a warm and functional new layout

Removing part of the wall between the kitchen and dining room makes space for a larger 10-foot island, which is levelled to allow for cooking and casual dining. The warm traditional wall colour, cabinets and countertop are tempered by the stainless steel appliances and simple lighting fixtures. A new back-lit wine cabinet adds a visual feature as well as useful storage.

So – which is your favourite? Which do you think was a success, and which would you have done differently?

If you’re stuck with an unsatisfactory kitchen, don’t hesitate to get in touch and get some design help today! Magnolia Hill Interiors’ service is friendly, practical and affordable.

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