How to Blend a New Kitchen into a Classic Montreal Home
This lovely kitchen is the result of an addition and remodel of a vintage Montreal home. The house was built in 1906 and the mandate was to preserve old school charm while making everything more functional. The new, larger space is warm, modern, and well integrated to the adjacent dining space. What key elements make a new kitchen feel like a part of your original house?
Finishes. The clients opted for a stained wood shaker style cabinetry to tie into the colours of the existing wood floors and mouldings. Different wood stains were introduced to create contrast and balance out the cabinetry in relation to the spaces.
Next, we chose to mix oiled wood counters with resilient porcelain counter tops. The client has the best of both worlds with practicality in the work zones and the warmth of wood in more social zones.
White subway tiles are a classic, timeless staple for the wall finish above the counter.
For the floors, thin wood planks were installed to create continuity from the existing spaces. Between the dining room and the new kitchen, new mouldings were cut and stained for the large opening that match the existing door frames.
Hardware. Oil-rubbed bronze pulls were chosen that compliment the wood and are a classic style that could have been installed back in 1906.
Lighting. Finding the right vintage industrial style lights for the kitchen space that blend with the existing lights was instrumental to the outcome. Warm coloured recessed LED’s were a must for these clients who find the cool white light of popular fixtures too bright. We sought out bulbs that were 2700K to enhance the warm tones of the wood and also put everything on dimmers.
Well thought-out details have resulted in a space that is a modern interpretation of the kitchen that should have been built with this house at the turn of the last century.