Modern Zen Kitchen

Designer Yuko Matsumoto combines contemporary and Asian styles for a sophisticated, streamlined kitchen design.
Modern Kitchen With Green Backsplash and Dark Wood Cabinets

Modern Zen Kitchen

Designer Yuko Matsumoto combines contemporary and Asian styles for a sophisticated, streamlined kitchen design.

For this Walnut Creek, Calif., remodel, designer Yuko Matsumoto uses clean-lined cabinetry and a stunning emerald green backsplash to create a stylish and functional kitchen.

We caught up with Matsumoto to find out how he tackled design challenges and incorporated the homeowners' goals into the kitchen.

Describe the homeowners' wishlist.

The goal was to create a beautiful, functional and spacious area for a serious home chef to perform his art of cooking. They also wanted to incorporate modern, Asian design influences to match with the rest of the house, as well as manage the kitchen clutter that overtakes the kitchen.

An Asian-Inspired Kitchen

See All Photos

Shop This Look

What were the homeowners' design problems?

We agreed that we needed to add a peninsula to this previously U-shaped kitchen to create more prep and cooking space.

What was your biggest obstacle in this space?

They wanted to revamp the kitchen to not just match the rest of the house, but to surpass it. We specified numerous design details to create a dramatic look: rich emerald-colored, counter-to-ceiling glass mosaic backsplash tile, two-toned cabinetry, frosted glass wall cabinets, bamboo motif moldings on appliance garage cabinet doors and red pendant lights.

How does the end result match up with your original vision?

I think the end result surpassed our original vision.

What lessons did you learn?

This project reminded me that paying attention to details is the key to the successful design.

What are the "hidden gems"?

To create a furniture-like effect on the new peninsula, legs of a contrasting color were added on two sides of the peninsula. The green glass mosaic backsplash tile around the hood is purposefully smaller and set vertically to mimic the look and feel of bamboo.

Next Up

A Contemporary Kitchen With Asian Flair

A bright yellow kitchen with an awkward layout and challenging architectural design was begging for a makeover, and designer Lauren Bland found the perfect solutions.

Classic Yet Contemporary Kitchen

Designer Yuko Matsumoto blends traditional and modern styles to create a timeless kitchen with all of today's amenities.

Lively Contemporary Kitchen

With the addition of vibrant floral arrangements and a live tree, designer Andrea Bazilus turned this kitchen into a chic, contemporary space.

Modern Kitchen Redesign

Designer Shirry Dolgin reconfigures a kitchen to create a functional design with plenty of storage and workspace.

Cool Gray Contemporary Kitchen

Designer Catherine Nakahara uses a gray-and-white color scheme and clean lines to design a practical, modern kitchen.

Modern Kitchen With Warmth

Designer Therese Kenney transformed an outdated kitchen into a sleek contemporary space with warm woods, pro-quality appliances and quartz countertops.

Open Concept Modern Kitchen

Designer Shirry Dolgin brings warmth to a contemporary kitchen design with a combination of dark woods and ocean-inspired hues.

Dated Kitchen Goes Contemporary

For a homeowner in his late 60s, a kitchen that was dark and underutilized just wouldn't do. Designer John Buscarello transformed the space into the contemporary cooking area the owner always wanted.

Contemporary Backyard Kitchen

Designer Claudia Schmutzler brings warmth to a contemporary outdoor kitchen and living area with a large redwood deck and pergola.

Rustic, Contemporary Kitchen Remodel

Designer Lauren Bland takes a cluttered, beige disaster of a kitchen and turns it into a spacious, organized beauty, complete with unexpected features and stunning woodland views.
Yuko Matsumoto

Yuko Matsumoto

Altera Design & Remodeling, Inc. CKD, CBD 1079 Boulevard Way Walnut Creek, CA 94595 925-938-1100