Light and Bright Kitchen Blends Classic with Contemporary

A 1920s Atlanta kitchen is updated for modern day use thanks to a use of airy color, classic materials and casual style.

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January 12, 2017

Beautiful White Kitchen With Island and Open Corner Shelving

Originally built in the 1920s, this kitchen was dated with dark finishes and inefficient storage. A new free-standing island and a mix of ultra-white and dove gray helps it stay bright from sunrise to sunset and offers plenty of space to prepare meals and tackle clean-up.

Butcher-Block Counters: A Budget-Friendly Option

If you're stumped as to how to best spend your budget on classic countertops, consider wood over solid stone. Much more affordable and even available in ready-made styles, butcher block is forgiving, timeless and also turns the entire kitchen into useful, easy to clean preparation space.

Tall Jars With Cookies and Crackers

Keeping your sweets displayed on the counter is a great way to add charm to your kitchen. Invest in classic mason jar style cookie jars and group them together in different heights, mixing up the cookies from jar to jar.

Crystal Stemware Displayed on Open White Shelf

Since crystal and fine china are both used mostly for special occasions, consider keeping them out year-round for decorative purposes by displaying them on open shelving.

Silverware in White Glass-Front Cabinet

Glass-front cabinet doors allow favorite collections to be displayed while kept tidy and organized.

Glass Front Doors

To make the space feel a little more open, several upper cabinets were outfitted with glass-front doors in place of solid styles. This adds a sense of depth and also makes it easier to find everyday kitchen supplies.

Historic Features: Four-Piece Pendant Lamp

This original kitchen light fixture was simply taken down and rewired to meet modern-day code ordinances. To help highlight the dark bronze, the walls were painted a soft shade of dove gray while the cabinets and trim are covered in ultra-white.

Decorative Accessories: Mercury Glass Mason Jars

Put a fresh spin on kitchen classics with a mercury glass mason jar update. You can do this yourself with a mix of metallic paint, silver leaf and soap. While the mercury glass is purely decorative and not meant for food storage, the mason jars can be used to hold supplies such as spatulas or whisks.

Open Corner Storage With Metallic Jar Display

Corner cabinets can often become wasted space if not designed properly. Put your corner perimeter cabinets to good use by using the lower ones as open storage complete with shelves which wrap around the sides.

White Kitchen Island With Open Storage, Butcher Block Top

Kitchen islands don't have to add major expense. Pick up a ready-made kitchen island from a big box store or retail website, but first take proper measurements to ensure plenty of traffic flow around the cabinets. Ideally, you want to choose an island that allows for a minimum of three feet between the edges of the island and the front of the cabinets. Get more ideas on how to trick-out a kitchen island >>

Sculptural Midcentury Modern Stools

Counter stools offer a chance to mix up styles in a kitchen. Add a touch of the unexpected by introducing midcentury modern, sculptural lines to a traditional or transitional kitchen with wooden or metal stools. Fluid shapes placed against the rigid lines of cabinets strike up a nice balance.

Sprayer Faucet With Vegetables

To make your kitchen much more efficient, especially when it comes to hand washing dishes, invest in a sprayer faucet. This will make it much easier to wash fresh produce and also knock loose any residue from pots, pans and dinnerware.

Midcentury Modern Elements in a Traditional White Kitchen

This kitchen blends traditional style cabinetry with midcentury modern lines thanks to the timeless white cabinet door fronts and midcentury modern walnut counter stools.

White and Bright Kitchen With End Cabinet Display Shelves

Anytime you're looking to make a kitchen seem larger and keep it from looking dated, consider using white and muted gray tones. The two colors paired together will help capitalize on all natural light and also keep the space feeling clean.

Traditional White Kitchen With Wood Midcentury Modern Chairs

This white traditional kitchen features white cabinets, a central islandand two midcentury modern chairs.

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