European Modern Open Plan Kitchen Remodel Before and After Pictures

Shelter-in-place and spending a lot of time at home with our families has been the impetus for many to envision a new kitchen. As people enjoy being inspired for kitchen remodel ideas by looking at before and after photos, we thought we’d share an example of a design challenge and solution!

Our clients, who are working parents with two school-aged children, purchased a home built in 2007. What they purchased left a lot to be desired in terms of style and functionality. Their vision was European Modern design. Not wanting the focus of the kitchen to be the appliances or moldings, rather, they instead sought a design that drew the eye to the kitchen as a whole and was architecturally integrated into the living room.

What You’ll See in the Kitchen Remodel Before and After Pictures

Old kitchen: The existing home interior design leaned toward traditional

  • dark stained cabinetry
  • fluted accents
  • dark hardwood flooring
  • warm colors
  • large brick fireplace separating the office (kids’ study) and the living room

New kitchen: a Euro – modern aesthetic with clean lines

  • black cabinetry with a Euro-modern look
  • gray, blue, and white color palate
  • LVT flooring in a neutral color​

Removing Windows and Walk-in Pantry

The clients disliked the island, which was too large for the space available and impeded the kitchen work areas. It also had limited storage and the oversized countertop was difficult to clean and serve upon due to its size. The clients wanted work space on an island that had more storage and a functional eating area with conversational table height seating for four.

In these before and after kitchen remodel photos, you’ll see how we:

  • Eliminated the tall windows created a captivating back wall, which serves as a dramatic backdrop for the island and offset the mass of the tall cabinets and appliances. 
  • Eliminated the walk-in pantry and the extra space significantly expanded the walkways in the kitchen.
  • Replaced storage with a wall and tall cabinetry with multiple large full extension drawers and rollouts. This allowed for an island with more storage and working space.
Original Image
Modified Image

Before And After Pictures: Switching to Frameless Cabinets in Matte Black

These before and afters focus on the frameless matte black cabinets. Here are the highlights:

  • A cluttered wall of stainless steel appliances was replaced with a paneled refrigerator and black wall ovens
  • The refrigerator, freezer and dishwasher are all flush panel to integrate seamlessly with the cabinetry.
  • Slab cabinet doors are sleek and modern.
  • Stainless steel cabinetry hardware is modern and complements the minimalist style.
Original Image
Modified Image

Stunning Glass Backsplash and Seated Countertops!

A highlight of this kitchen remodel design was the glass backsplash. Here are the details:

  • The soda glass backsplash draws the eye to the back wall and pops against the matte black cabinets.
  • The white counters, wood grain cabinetry and countertop​ complement the blue glass.
  • The island seating was created with a floating countertop built with steel supports.
  • Matching cabinetry panels extending the length of the island  under the eating bar. 
  • Additional storage was added to the island on both sides​.
Original Image
Modified Image

Linear Fireplace and Reimagined Living Room Before and After Wall Removal Pictures

Here’s what we did to update the living room and integrate the kids’ study into the floorplan and remodel design:

  • Demolish the existing soffits and sidewalls left and right of the fireplace to allow the walls and ceilings to transition smoothly between the open kitchen and the living room​.
  • Design and rebuild the fireplace to allow a more modern linear insert. Incorporate the dark kitchen cabinet color into the fireplace tile design.
  • Demolish the existing flooring and install new flooring on the main floor of the home. Create a color palette that effectively incorporates black,  blues, grays, and whites.
Original Image
Modified Image

Work from Home In Style!

In the same space where we had a cluttered little desk setup, we created what the client wanted : a clean, elegant work area. We love this!

Original Image
Modified Image

Kids Study and Play Area

With a little bit of privacy, and a little bit of mom and dad can keep an eye on the kids, this area is now a wonderfully spacious, functional and fun kids study and playroom!

Original Image
Modified Image

Dated Bar to Elegant Bar

Wouldn’t you love to approach this chic bar and wine fridge and pour yourself a whiskey or a glass of wine? Neat, chic, and with lots of storage.

Original Image
Modified Image

Living Room Goes from Boring to Cool!

In keeping with the modern first floor, we love the new living room: clean, elegant and contemporary. Thanks for visiting our Before and After open plan kitchen and family room remodel – we threw in a few more after shots for good measure!

Original Image
Modified Image
Large Island With Sink
Matte black cabinets and blue soda glass backsplash

Kat Mullen

Kat and her husband, Scott Westby, own and run MSK Design Build, an award-winning design-build firm located in the San Francisco East Bay. With over 10 years of experience in design-build construction for high-end remodels, Kat enjoys sharing her knowledge, experience and expertise. Kat's favorite part of the design build process is hearing her client's vision for their home and helping to make their dream into reality.

Leave a comment