Jewel Tones: 1st Place—Medium Kitchen

Infusing a kitchen with color—and party-ready features

An empty nester decided it was time to have some fun in her townhouse kitchen and approached designer Sarah Kahn Turner to carve out a space that revolved around easy entertaining.

Demolishing walls opened up the kitchen to the front of the house. A reimagined fireplace wall creates a divider and houses the existing refrigerator. Alcove elements organize the kitchen into functional zones; an efficient island is painted in cheery Benjamin Moore River Blue. “I’m hoping to convince more clients to move away from gray and embrace color in their kitchens,” says Turner.

On the far wall, the freezer and cabinets flank a new pantry detailed with black mullions and back-painted glass that mimic doors to the adjacent patio. With easy flow from indoors to out, the kitchen is now party-ready. Says Turner, “My client has a tough job and this space offers some calm after a busy day.”

Kitchen Design: Sarah Kahn Turner, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Architecture: John Hutchison, AIA, Chesapeake Architects, Chestertown, Maryland. Interior Design: Celia Welch, Celia Welch Interiors, Bethesda, Maryland. Contractor: Yerkes Construction, Chestertown, Maryland. 

Details. . .Cabinetry: qcci.com. Countertops & Backsplash: msistone.com through stoneandtileworld.com. Range: vikingrange.com. Hood: subzero-wolf.com. Appliance Source: abwappliances.com. Sink Faucet: kwc.com through ferguson.com. Pendants: ylighting.com.