A Warm and Modern Kitchen

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When Change Design Group in Wilmette, Ill., looked to remodel a kitchen in mid-century modern style, they turned to clean lines and warm wood to open up and beautify the space.

The original layout encompassed three smaller separate areas, and the objective was to join them in on open family setting that respected the architecture of the original house, said Michael O’Brien, principal, Change Design Group. The space featured vaulted and beamed ceilings, and the feeling of height required a warmer palette to help make the scale appropriate for comfortable, everyday living.  O’Brien specified walnut cabinets accented with a glass mosaic backsplash by Lunada Bay Tile, Agate Martini in Abruzzo Silk.

“The tiles shape and color palette were perfect for the 1950s mid-century modern design,” O’Brien said. “It provided a rich contrast between the counter and the window frames.”

The neutral tones of the cabinetry and backsplash were offset with light, clean-lined countertops. O’Brien chose natural Calacatta Quartzite for the island and quartz for the perimeter counters for a modern finish.

Photos: Rife Ponce Photography

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