before and after

Before & After: A Brisbane Kitchen Goes from Blah to Bright And Breezy

by Maxwell Tielman

We’ve been seeing a ton of white in interiors recently and, while some might consider it an over-utilized (non)color, it has a tendency to immediately heighten and brighten any room it’s applied to. There seems to be a trend towards simple, pared down aesthetics over the past few years and white certainly lends itself to this—especially within the kitchen realm where any superfluous material or color can add to a sense of incoherence and clutter. This Brisbane kitchen, recently renovated by jewelry designer Christina Lowry, is a wonderful example of what white can do for a space. Faced with a cramped, beige-colored kitchenspace in a home that formerly functioned as a rental, Christina opted to open the space up both in terms of physical layout and color. A distracting and isolating wall was removed and lovely, bead board cabinetry was installed in place of its dreary predecessor. Chunky, square backsplash tiles were also swapped out for a more elegant subway tile, adding a subtle contrast to the bead board’s vertical lines. The final result is a simple kitchen where one can think clearly and really get down to the tasks at hand. Check out more photos of this fabulous transformation after the jump. To read more about Christina’s home renovation, check out her blog here! —Max

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