Kitchen Remodel Goes for Heavy Metal Glamour

white kitchen with metal accentsFrom the marble backsplash to the crystal chandeliers, this Arlington Heights kitchen remodel has a straightforward sense of glamour. Shiny pops of metal also appear throughout the space. As a result, this transitional kitchen is classic and captivating, but with a slight edge.

Obvious reflective metal elements include the cabinetry hardware, stainless steel appliances, polished chrome faucets and a hammered metal range hood. However, there are also more subtle design choices that give a glimpse of metal. These include the toe kicks, recessed can lighting trim Glamorous white kitchen featuring shiny metal accentsand accents within the chandelier. These design decisions add a shine to everyday pieces that can otherwise be overlooked.

While the metal finishes dazzle, there are also other design decisions that add drama. This includes reflective white quartz countertops and an ebony island with a three-inch mitered edge. Additionally, a marble slab backsplash, floating shelves and glass cabinetry top off the look.

Glamorous white kitchen Not only does this kitchen succeed in style, it also sets the bar high when it comes to storage and functionality. Features include a pantry with frosted doors and an opposing shelving nook with refrigerator drawers below. Two dishwashers help lighten the load when it comes to clean up.  The upgraded refrigerator and range also enhance user-experiences within the kitchen.

While the renovation was taking place, the homeowners also took the opportunity to add a custom built-in for their crystal stemware. Additionally, they updated their hall bath with porcelain tile and large, custom vanity with a cobblestone satin sheen.

If you’ve taken a shine to this glamorous metal kitchen and would like to remodel your own, set up an appointment with a member of our talented design team. Or, learn more about the kitchen remodeling process by registering to attend an upcoming seminar. You can also follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more design ideas and inspiration.

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Balancing Natural Light and Storage in Your Kitchen Remodel

White kitchen with large windows near sink for natural light.When completing your kitchen remodel, the size of your space can impact your overall storage and natural light capabilities. Here are some helpful insights on what to consider when deciding between installing additional cabinetry or a window.

In general, putting cabinetry in place of windows will result in more storage than natural light. However, if storage is not an issue, opt for natural light.


In addition to adding natural light, windows will also help your design to feel less heavy.

Oftentimes, with larger kitchens, there is the opportunity to have plenty of storage and natural light. Therefore, in a large space with plenty of cabinetry, it’s less of an issue to give up a few cabinets.  However, in an average size kitchen, it’s common to only see one window over the sink.

If you are expanding your kitchen into adjacent areas, enlarging that window opening over the sink can really lighten up the space.


You can also add windows that are higher up and add some open shelving.

Overall, less wall cabinetry is trending and in line with a more contemporary style.

Open shelving has become extremely popular. Oftentimes, you’ll see contemporary style cupboards below the countertop and open shelving on top. This type of design lends itself to more windows.


Additionally, it’s important to consider your view. If you have a beautiful yard, consider adding more windows.

White painted kitchen cabinets with a coffered ceiling and robin's egg blue paint on the wallsLearn more about kitchen remodeling by registering to attend an upcoming seminar. Or, if ready to get started on your next renovation, set up an appointment with one of our Designers. You can also follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more design ideas and inspiration.

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