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Color and Design for your Kitchen

Kitchen remodels are among my favorite projects because I love to cook and am genuinely appreciative of the unique flavor and substance required by every client. Each kitchen needs its own set of ingredients, and I delight in finding the right design, colors and materials to suit your taste.

Using my time-tested, step-by-step process, I help you move from indecision to the concrete realization of your highest vision for the personal place you inhabit. Together it’s exciting, different and fun to discover a whole new look where once you saw a dead end.

Making the most cost-efficient and stylish choices in countertops, tile, flooring, and light fixtures will increase the beauty and value of every kitchen.  The floor plan should maximize the flow and conviviality of your space. Add the best paint colors to the mix, and savor the outcome!

I hope you will enjoy viewing the difference that Art First made in these kitchen makeovers.


 

French Country Kitchen

Transforming a drab 1970s era kitchen into a French-inspired place for cuisine was the assignment.

Although the architect had suggested using black granite countertops with white subway tile for the backsplash, McMurray steered her clients away from that generic look to selecting backsplash tiles in a nuanced texture and color and warm earthy tones for the countertops.

McMurray also improved the center island/table by changing the proposed white marble to a more practical and uniquely patterned granite.


Photo © Steve Wanke of Warren, Oregon

 


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McMurray's creative design of the pass-through to the Dining Room replaced the planned single door, thereby adding light, space, and flow between the rooms.

 


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New paint colors, floor and furniture finishes,
light fixtures, and suitable cabinet knobs and pulls
carefully selected by Art First
complete the bistro-like charm of the finished look.


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The clients delighted in choosing their own tile artwork for the wall behind the stove


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A Taste for Sleek
I start a kitchen remodel by clearing out any elements that make it function badly.
In this case, the breakfast bar, isolated and lonely at the far end of the room was removed and that countertop was finished in tile matching the existing surfaces.

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The island was rotated 180 degrees to place the oven conveniently facing the cooking surface, while creating seating in the center of the kitchen at a new extended counter.

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Thick and grey-toned granite countertops on the island and breakfast bar looked dated and unfriendly. The homeowner and I selected lighter granite in colors coordinating with the floor tile, and I specified a contemporary profile to make the island look sleek.

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I recommended replacing the closed cabinets above the second sink with glass-fronts and adding open corner shelves. Also, I extended the cabinet height to the ceiling, and finished it with a crown moulding. Changing the rather aggressive blue-green paint color here to a soothing light hue was the finishing touch.

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New lights with a clean shape and warm glow replace the quasi-industrial fixtures with dangling chrome weights. And paint colors in light neutral shades broaden the visual field. Altogether, our sleek and extremely cost-efficient solutions revive a previously clumsy kitchen.

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Loft Kitchen In The Pearl District

Mary McMurray excels in crafting a home out of a ready-built shell.

Home for collectors of early American antiques, the design plan includes McMurray’s graphic art piece consisting of squares painted on the wall which reflect elements in their collection of game boards and quilts. A multi-hued wall treatment along the kitchen wall lends textural warmth.




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Before, the kitchen cabinetry was somber, but we stained it a warmer green-grey. Raw concrete was glazed to subtle shades. Paint colors ranging from neutral to dramatic add vibrancy to selected walls.


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A Kitchen Revival

What a mess! That was the initial reaction of the new homeowners to the sight of the house that would become theirs; they immediately called Art First for advice. As you can see from the before photos, many hours of loving attention changed the kitchen and dining nook into the spaces they love.


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The homeowners removed the offending 1970 kitchen from their historic home, and restored wainscoting, lighting fixtures, and appliances in period-appropriate style. New paint colors complete the dramatic transformation. Charming!

 


After Photos by Patrick Sullivan
 
APPROVAL & APPRECIATION

"Mary arrived on the scene like a breath of fresh air and I knew we were in expert hands. She brings a historical perspective and a keen insight into architecture to any project. In all, we have consulted with Mary on four of our homes. Mary is an invaluable and unique resource, a true artist, and I feel so fortunate she is here in Portland."

Rachel B.

 


An Art Kitchen
When this client moved into her new home, the walls were painted red and pink. It was overpowering her artwork - and her mood! We helped make her kitchen an inspiring place to cook, by finding the right places to show her treasured art pieces to best advantage, and choosing paint colors that nourish her feeling of being joyously at home.

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Tasty Kitchen

A new kitchen provided the setting for a smart new color palette. Splashes of Red Pepper and Savory Herbs simmer in this happy kitchen, where you might say that ‘tasty’ has replaced ‘pasty’.

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With new colors I brought toasty warmth to the adjoining Living Room, too.

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A panorama assembled from the photos above.


Expanding a Kitchen and Adding Form to Function

ART FIRST consulted in this delicious kitchen remodel, removing a wall to embrace the adjoining family room. The cabinets were retained to conserve costs, and I helped to design new counter tops, co-ordinating backsplash tiles, and paint colors. I drew the fluid shape of the dining bar on-site, artistically facilitating the flow of traffic and creating a free-form sculpture.

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From Blinding To Beautiful

The kitchen when the new owners moved in was all white. No personality, and not practical for wine and food-loving cooks! The creative and architecturally-savvy homeowners re-configured the cabinetry and appliances, and with the help of Art First, introduced beautiful new colors in the right locations to integrate the granite countertops with their space.

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A Client Wrote:
I can't tell you how appreciative I am.

Getting the changes started in the kitchen has changed my attitude completely.

The electrician was there all day yesterday getting everything ready to hang the light fixtures and sconces. I’m in such a good mood about everything that I don’t mind the job stretching out.

I can't thank you enough – you are a miracle worker!

Laura T.

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