Before & After: A 1980s Kitchen Gets a Dose of Color

Before & After: A 1980s Kitchen Gets a Dose of Color

(Image credit: Carrie Callegari)

While at first glance you might not think this kitchen needs a makeover, when you start to look closely, you'll see that some of the details are a bit out of date and could use a refresher. Plus, the white walls and cabinets are kind of bland and could use a pop or two of color.

That's what homeowner Carrie thought as well. And with a former Pantone color of the year in mind, Carrie went to work updating her bland kitchen. Take a look at how it turned out!

(Image credit: BlueStar on Houzz)

What a big change! The centerpiece of the kitchen, of course, is the bright Blue Star range in Pantone's Radiant Orchid, which was the color of the year for 2014. It's a brilliant purple hue that borders on the fuchsia end of the spectrum, and while it might not be the first choice for everyone, it's a color with some very loyal fans.

Before we look at the rest of the updates, let's take another peek at what the kitchen looked like before.

(Image credit: Carrie Callegari)

The old kitchen did have a lot of counter space and large windows, but everything felt a little disjointed. The butcher block countertops didn't fit with the style of the cabinets, the white walls felt plain, and the quarry tile floor — which might have looked right in a restaurant kitchen or a rustic Tuscan villa — felt off with this interior mash-up.

(Image credit: Carrie Callegari)

And the mini dining area (the home also has a separate dining room) was straight out of the 1980s. It might have been a la mode at one point, but now it just feels dated. Not anymore!

(Image credit: BlueStar on Houzz)

Carrie changed the footprint of the kitchen a little bit by adding an island counter and moving the refrigerator, but for the most part the layout of the kitchen is the same. It just got a cosmetic upgrade with new cabinets and countertops, and of course a fresh new coat of paint.

(Image credit: BlueStar on Houzz)

The toned-down shade of purple is still pretty bright if you're not a fan of purple, but for anyone who loves the shade, this execution is fantastic. It's bold, but not too overwhelming, and because it's predominantly on the walls, if Carrie and her family decide that they don't like it at any point in the future, it's easy to change. We can imagine a nice cool gray looking great in this space as well.

(Image credit: BlueStar on Houzz)

And finally, that dining nook. The built-in bench is a great addition, and the tiled tabletop adds a bit more visual interest to the setup, all while tying in the wall color. We bet there are plenty of great meals shared around this dining table.

What do you think, is this shade of purple something you'd consider for your home, or is purple just too bright for your taste?

Thanks for sharing your remodel with us, Carrie!

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