Bright, White and Open Kitchen for a Michigan Family
Like many families, Michael and Danielle Gutelli and their young sons spend most of their time in their kitchen, dining and living areas. So after five years of living with a floor plan that significantly divided those spaces, the couple, who run design-build firm Clark + Aldine in Plymouth, Michigan, were ready to make big changes to create more connection.
They knocked down a load-bearing wall and installed a 22-foot beam to open up the former galley kitchen to the dining and living areas, with a new large island anchoring the room. The couple then focused on creating comfort and cohesiveness between the open areas through coordinating colors, materials and finishes.
In the kitchen, white cabinets, appliances and an island countertop promote a bright and airy style, while black quartz perimeter countertops, a black island base and a mix of brass and matte black metals add punch and contrast. Colorful, wavy wallpaper in the dining nook offers visual texture, and a large brown leather sofa and a fireplace encourage coziness and conversation in the living room.