Tour a White Kitchen With Splashes of Color
A Minnesota couple embraces color — without going overboard.
After almost 40 years of marriage, four kids, two grandkids and three different houses, retirees Colleen and Larry Soukup decided it was finally time to have some real fun decorating their home. They started with the kitchen in their new place on Lake Josephine in the Minneapolis–St. Paul suburbs. “We’d stayed pretty traditional and neutral in our other houses, but envisioning our grandkids coming over to swim, kayak and fish made us want something lighter and brighter that everyone could enjoy,” says Colleen. For help with the design, they hired local pro Lucy Penfield. “Her style is more colorful than mine, and I knew she’d break me out of my comfort zone,” says Colleen. With Lucy’s guidance, the couple introduced light wood tones and woven textures into their mostly white kitchen, then added pops of blue and playful pink accents. “When we decided to paint the pantry door, everything came together,” says Colleen. “It’s my favorite part of the space — aside from the view of the water!”
A coat of Charming Pink by Sherwin-Williams turned the swinging porthole door into eye candy. “It adds so much personality,” Colleen says, “and Larry and I have both been happy with it.”
Colleen retired last year, but she still uses this countertop as a workspace for answering e-mails. “It’s close to coffee, and you can see the lake,” she says. The stools from Hayneedle have cushioned seats and comfy woven backs, so she can sit here for hours.
The couple needed lots of storage but didn’t like the monotony of one long row of lower cabinets. Lucy solved the problem by making half the cabinets look like a built-in dining room credenza. She painted them Jade Garden by Benjamin Moore and added brass-finish knobs. The pop of teal helps anchor the dining area.
The teal cabinets inspired Colleen to choose matching pendants from Crate & Barrel. While she wanted to incorporate color into the lighting, she also had her heart set on a white chandelier by Arteriors for the dining area. The two styles ended up working together perfectly.