Open Concept with Blue and White Kitchen

Project: Open-concept kitchen, dining, and living room in Melrose, MA (AKA #ProjectBlueandWhiteKitchen)

What a transformation! We had so much fun with #ProjectBlueAndWhiteKitchen, helping our clients modify their two-family home to create a cohesive, open-concept downstairs with open access to the second floor. With a full-gut demolition of most of the first floor, we opened up multiple load-bearing walls and expanded the footprint of the kitchen to take full advantage of the opened space, creating great flow into the new dining and family rooms.

Our clients were not afraid of color in the kitchen design and embraced a bold and vibrant navy blue for their cabinetry at the peninsula, topped with a rich blue, white and taupe swirled quartz countertop. We added a bar servery at the end of the kitchen that bridges to the entertaining space, also outfitted in the vibrant cabinetry and countertop combination. Metal mesh inserts in the door frames add a bit of sparkle to the area, now a perfect spot to serve appetizers or mix up a cocktail!

The main perimeter of the kitchen is bright and fresh with white cabinetry and a soft gray quartz countertop, with a pop of navy blue herringbone tile at the stove. The classic gray Carrara marble subway tile at the backsplash ties all areas of the kitchen together for a cohesive look.

We are so pleased with how this project came together and we hope our clients enjoy their new downstairs kitchen and family space for many years to come!

We opened up two load-bearing walls, creating open-concept flow in the space and allowing for the kitchen footprint to be expanded. Behind the scenes, Rob McGuire and our team did a lot of work to make the space more level and soundly supported from the basement underneath.
Photo credit: Regina Mallory Photography
Melrose Blue and White Kitchen Remodel
To balance the kitchen design, we utilized open wall space to add a bar area that now bridges the main kitchen to the front family room and dining room.
Photo credit: Regina Mallory Photography
Melrose Blue and White Kitchen Remodel
When elongating the kitchen footprint, we had to design around a central chimney stack that ended up serving as a perfect jumping off point for the kitchen’s peninsula with seating for this family of three.
Photo credit: Regina Mallory Photography
Melrose Blue and White Kitchen Remodel
The main kitchen perimeter features white cabinetry, with classic gray Carrara marble backsplash tile and a pop of navy blue ceramic herringbone tile underneath the stainless steel chimney hood.
Photo credit: Regina Mallory Photography
The antique pewter metal mesh inserts in the upper cabinets at the bar give the perfect amount of sparkle to this entertaining area!
Photo credit: Regina Mallory Photography
At the front entry, we removed the wall separating two discreet entrances and built an open stairwell that leads to the upstairs.
Our clients now have elegant French doors at their front entry and enjoy an open line of sight to their beautiful new kitchen.
We re-imagined the fireplace area by removing existing built-in cabinets and replacing with built-in bench seats with concealed drawer storage, where the navy blue finish makes another appearance. Additionally, we refaced the fireplace surround and refreshed the wooden mantel, and the same gray quartz from the kitchen perimeter now serves as the hearth.
Melrose Blue and White Kitchen Remodel
We loved incorporating the bright and vibrant color palette throughout many materials and details of this project!
Melrose Blue and White Kitchen Remodel Materials
This kitchen features dual cabinet and countertop combinations, with soft white perimeter cabinetry topped with gray quartz, and navy blue cabinetry topped with a quartz featuring swirls of blue, white and taupe. Stainless steel appliances and brushed satin nickel hardware add sparkle throughout the space.

Take a walk-through tour with our designer Jenni Jacobs, while she explains how this all came together!

We’re so happy to help our clients create this open and bright, welcoming space for entertaining and enjoying family! If you would like to see what this space looked like before the remodel, please check out our Before and After Gallery, and check out our full photo gallery for this project on our profile at Houzz.

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