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Timeless White

Unique Kitchens & Baths revamps an outmoded Kalorama kitchen in chic yet classic style



A French Country aesthetic—complete with ornate cabinetry, terracotta-look floor tile and granite countertops—felt outdated.

Embracing classicism, the designer installed clean-lined, ceiling-height custom cabinetry, coupled with honed-marble countertops and floors, for a timeless look.

An overabundance of millwork framed the windows and covered the hood, making the room feel heavy and cluttered. A palette of cream and gold was muted enough to be dull.

The millwork was pared down in favor of unadorned windows. A plaster hood with simple wood molding creates a focal point. Cabinets, walls and trim in Sherwin-Williams’ Snowbelt and a glazed-ceramic-tile backsplash seem to sparkle.

The soft angles along the cabinet corners encroached on valuable square footage in the room, as did an unused window seat.

Right angles opened the space up, conveying a cleaner sensibility. The window seat is gone, making way for a café table and chairs with a view.

Kitchen Design: Tanya Smith-Shiflett, NKBA, Unique Kitchens & Baths, Washington, DC, and Great Falls, Virginia. Renovation Contractor: CarrMichael Construction, Oakton, Virginia.

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