Last post I showed the staged makeover of a family room. Today, I am going to concentrate on some of the challenges of the kitchen. Because the kitchen adjoins the family room, as part of the open concept floor plan, both areas had to be considered in tandem.
Visual Weight Was Off Balance
|Open Concept Family Room and Kitchen BEFORE Staging|
The kitchen did not have a backsplash. A backsplash is an expected amenity in a house this price. As a design element, the backsplash will counterbalance the fireplace surround in the family room.
|After Backsplash Installation|
This kitchen has an unusual architectural element. The area above the windows is quite tall.The top of the sill looks wanky with the line of the top of the cabinets. Then there is a jump in the space to the ceiling.
I found my inspiration for uniting the family room and kitchen through (gulp...expensive) fabric. I found a gorgeous Mill Creek Fabrics material that included all the colors I was using to stage: greens, golds, crimsons, and a bit of blue. I had a valance custom made for the kitchen. Karen did an outstanding job with the construction of the drop and top 'ruffle' depth. Also, she sewed it so that the back fabric matches the front and looks pretty from the deck. The window valance was the single piece that created cohesion between the two rooms.
|Close Up of Valance Fabric|
|Awkward Window After|
The valances picks up the same colors used to stage the family room. Most importantly, it add softness and warmth on this side of the two adjoining spaces. The valance does the perfect job of distracting from the awkward window placement.
What do you think about the valance?
Next post, I'll do the full reveal of the kitchen after staging.