Virtual Kitchen Giveaway

2010 Virtual Kitchen Giveaway

Take a video tour of the Janice Pattee's design plan for Helen Robertson's kitchen.

Wed, 20 Jun 2012|

The first thing kitchen designer, Janice Pattee, noticed about the kitchen of our Giveaway winner, Helen Robertson of Hamilton, Alabama, was lack of contrast in colors and finishes. The cabinets and the floors were light oak. The countertops, walls, and appliances were white. "Everything was too much the same," Janice says. Helen's kitchen opens to the dining area where she and her husband usually eat. She didn't want to change that arrangement but asked for additional eating space in the kitchen. Janice's challenge was to provide that seating and incorporate Helen's oak furniture into a new scheme. She also wanted to add oomph with color and the help of new products Helen won in our Giveaway. "I wanted to lighten the cabinet color for better contrast with the floor," Janice says. She suggested painting the cabinets Sherwin-Williams ivory lace. This color contrast pleasingly with Armstrong's Sapele Long Plank Laminate Flooring in Wrought Iron, which is not only dark-toned but kitchen worthy and durable. Janice suggested painting kitchen walls with Sherwin-William's Tatami Tan and the dining area walls with Sherwin-Williams Ivory. "There is not much wall space in the kitchen proper so we could go a little darker there," Janice says. If the Robertsons decide to replace existing cabinets, Janice suggests cabinets that reach the ceiling. "This would capture more storage space and make the ceiling seem higher," she says. She would also extend the cabinet above the peninsula, down to the countertop and fit it with glass doors. "This creates a nice place to displace China pieces near the dining area," Janice says. She recommends DuPont Corian Witch Hazel for the countertop, extended out several inches on the dining side of the peninsula. The whiter counter would also create knee space for the new seating Helen wants. The highlight of Helen's prize is the full array of Dacor Appliances. All are stainless steel, blending nicely with the ivory cabinets and lending a professional look. One of Janice's biggest challenges was the refrigerator wall. The new French door style Dacor refrigerator is moved a few feet away from the corner to make room for tall pantry storage on each side. The center opening refrigerator doors and matching side pantries create symmetry on the wall. The sink in Janice's plan is a deep, heavy gauge steel undermount from Kohler. The sleek vault sink has two bowls the same size. Its squared off lines repeat those of the range and other Dacor appliances. Helen wanted a high arc faucet so Janice chose the clean-lined Kohler Simplice Pull-Down in vibrant stainless steel. See more highlights of Janice Pattee's striking plan in the Designer's Notebook.