Midcentury Modern Inspired Kitchen & Dining

Designer: Cat Schmidt, Model Remodel

Location: Bryant, Seattle, WA

Scope: Kitchen, Dining Nook, Stairway

Sustainability: Low-VOC paint, 80-90% recycle rate, LED lighting, low-E exterior glass doors, ENERGY STAR® certified dishwasher, low-flow faucet, CARB Compliant local cabinetry, quartz countertops

Great taste meets skilled craftsmanship in this open-concept kitchen remodel inspired by midcentury modern design. Clean whites and woods are paired with mixed metals and bold colors to create multiple custom spaces with character.

The goals of this Seattle kitchen remodel included: gaining more light throughout, maximizing functionality and increasing storage in the kitchen. The homeowners also wanted to create a better flow between social spaces. The existing layout had a kitchen closed off from both the formal dining room and the casual dining corner on the opposite end. By removing the walls and L-shaped peninsula which previously boxed the kitchen in, we were able to make the existing location work as a walk-through galley kitchen. Now, the three spaces all flow into one another seamlessly and allow light to filter in.

The kitchen is peppered with beautiful brass and bronze features from the cabinet hardware to the faucet, and even and brass range knobs. Matte black shelf brackets add a modern touch to the walnut shelves with underside lighting. Dark blue cabinets and clean white tile are a classic combination that are a perfect backdrop for metal and wood details.

Alongside the kitchen remodel, we made big changes to the stairway and updated the casual dining area to the right of the kitchen. The dark stairway received an overhead skylight to bring natural light into a dark corner of the home. We also added plenty of can lights to brighten up the area at night. New matte black stair railings and a top banister bookcase make the stairway a featured space in its own right. The custom bookcase is made of walnut and a fine woven brass mesh backing, specifically chosen so light can filter through and brighten up the hallways. Next to the bookcase is a recessed magnetic chalkboard niche for the kids to get creative with!

A plain dining corner was transformed with pink paint, a green beaded pendant light and a midcentury modern dining set. The homeowners created a custom dining set from a white table, blush chairs and a corner banquette. It looks just as chic as it does comfortable for a morning coffee.

We also replaced the kitchen window and all main floor interior doors. We swapped a large door to the right of the kitchen for a smaller door, and added a French door to the dining room that opens onto the deck. Indoor-outdoor living is now a more prominent feature of the home.

From the open-concept galley kitchen to the bright pink dining nook, this home remodel is full of classy corners and spaces.

Photos: Cindy Apple Photography



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