Open Concept Kitchen With Navy Cabinets Made to Wow

To add distinctive style and personality, the kitchen at HGTV Urban Oasis 2017 focuses on eye-catching textures with a mix of historic windows, whitewashed brick and navy blue cabinets.

By: Jeannie Matteucci

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Streamlined Space

To highlight the historic windows in the long and rectangular space, an L-shaped perimeter design with no upper cabinets was used on the kitchen’s sink side. “I wanted to keep the whole kitchen really streamlined and simple,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn. 

Classic Buffalo Check

The historic windows are covered with a classic navy blue and white gingham in large-scale pattern. The window treatments complement the kitchen’s Craftsman-style cabinets with inset doors sprayed a glossy shade of navy blue. A five-quart artisan design tilt-head stand mixer, a maple end-grain chopping block and a selection of cookbooks line the counter. 

Powerful and Precise

The kitchen’s powerful 36-inch gas cooktop with wall mount hood above has a flexible burner that offers two independent heating elements that deliver intense heat and precise control, making it easy to quickly boil water or reduce the heat to a low simmer.

Make Healthy Meals

The HGTV Urban Oasis 2017 kitchen includes a handy supply of tasty beans for creating healthy family meals.

Advanced Features

The 36-inch black stainless steel gas cooktop with digital Wi-Fi and Bluetooth includes blue LED illuminated knobs that visually let you know if the cooktop is on, even from a distance.

Have a Seat

Navy modern bistro stools with solid elm wood seats allow family and guests to enjoy a drink or snack at the island while visiting with the host or hostess at the cooktop.

Marble Countertops

To the left of the kitchen’s cooking zone sits the sink area with stainless steel dishwasher. The sink area and cooking zone both include beautiful Carrera marble countertops with white and gray that coordinate with the kitchen’s frost white walls and ceiling.

Stylish Sink

The kitchen’s under-mount, apron-front sink offers professional style with easy-to-clean curved corners. Handcrafted from premium quality 16-gauge stainless steel, the 9-inch deep single bowl sink features sound-absorption technology for a quieter performance.

Handy Sink Rack

A rack inside the sink helps safeguard delicate dishes, as well as protect the sink’s surface from daily wear.

Flexible Faucet

The sink’s kitchen faucet with an easy-clean coated hose and removable high arching coil spring is perfect for serious home chefs, with a unique three-function, pull-down spray head for tasks like food prep, filling pots and cleaning.

Top Control Dishwasher

The kitchen’s top-control stainless steel dishwasher offers outstanding cleaning results with a door that automatically pops open to circulate air and speed up drying time at the end of a cycle. The dishwasher also includes a removable rack that makes it easier to unload silverware and oversized utensils. 

All in the Details

A polished aluminum reindeer sculpture adds a touch of fun to this corner of the kitchen. A programmable espresso maker, a set of three ceramic navy blue and white storage canisters and a glass vase with a touch of greenery sit on the kitchen counters.

Historical Focal Point

An old red brick wall that was originally a part of a fireplace was whitewashed. By not painting it out opaquely, the texture of the brick still shows to create a lovely backdrop for this charming kitchen that celebrates the history of the Craftsman home. 

Convenient Convection Microwave

Incorporated into the center island, the kitchen’s convection microwave cooks food quickly and evenly with a drop-down door design to make loading more convenient.

Pretty Pendants

Two oversized woven rattan pendants with iron frames provide illumination and a striking focal point over the center island. “At first people see them and they’re kind of taken back because they’re big—they’re really big,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn. “But it was on purpose, because we have this huge space in the middle of the kitchen and I didn’t want to put any art on top of the brick, so instead we just have a play on different textures.”

Vintage Style

A woven tray and vintage bowls next to the whitewashed brick add decorative interest to this well-detailed kitchen that combines old with new.

Look of Lace

This close-up view shows the kitchen’s whitewashed brick wall next to the attractive white ceramic tiles with the look of lace that line the walls from the counters to the ceiling. “We did that to keep it light and airy but also to make sure we add just a little bit of pattern, but not in an overwhelming way,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn.

Durable Stools

At the island, the counter-height modern bistro stools feature a scratch-resistant powder-coat finish in navy blue for durability. 

On Display

Glass front doors on the base cabinet at the end of the island highlight the pretty china collection inside.

Advanced Appliances

This side of the kitchen includes a high-tech, four-door black stainless steel refrigerator and double wall ovens for creating gourmet meals at home.

Family Hub

The four-door refrigerator with home screen and task bar includes all the regular features plus the latest in technology, so you can upload digital photos and view the inside of the refrigerator from a mobile device. Cubby holes above the refrigerator offer storage for favorite bottles of wine.

Pantry Storage

Tall pantry cabinets with pull-outs to the right of the refrigerator offer easy-access storage for dry goods.

First-Rate Wall Ovens

The kitchen’s black stainless steel, 30-inch double wall ovens include a steam cook feature that allows you to bake, broil and roast with professional results, and analog knobs with a digital touch screen.

Neutral Floor

The American White Oak floor creates a neutral and warm backdrop for this updated kitchen that combines modern style with Craftsman details.

Rich Walnut Counter

The wood floor complements the handsome black walnut countertop on the center island made by a local artisan with a food safe oil finish that goes with the Craftsman style.

Distinctive Hardware

Satin pewter hardware was chosen for the navy blue drawers and cabinets. “There’s not a lot of polish to it and that was on purpose,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn. “It just looks a little bit more up-to-date and current.”

Central Location

This view shows the kitchen’s close proximity to the home’s hallway, living room and adjoining dining room.

Great Flow

A new 8-foot, 6-inch-wide cased opening connects the kitchen to the adjoining dining room, brings more natural light into the updated kitchen and improves traffic flow. Previously, the existing kitchen was chopped up in separate spaces and lacked a cohesive feel.