Kitchens: Awash in Blue

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Story by Ann Butenas  |  Photos by Matt Kocourek

There’s no doubt that this stunning Leawood kitchen is a head-turner. When the homeowner decided to color outside the lines somewhat when it came to giving her kitchen a complete makeover, designer Alissa Welschmeyer was ready to assist. As this particular home underwent a complete renovation with the goal of eventually putting it on the market, the kitchen truly became a focal point.

“I love it when people decide to bring color into a space,” noted Welschmeyer, who harmoniously partnered with the homeowner, combining both of their ideas with an obvious accent on fun. “I have worked with this client before and she is so much fun as she really loves to dig in and pull it all together.”

While all of the complementary colors certainly catch the eye, it is the elongated straight-edged island painted in Restoration Hardware blue sage that takes center stage. With ample seating for family and guests, this island also boasts extra cabinet space for increased storage, as well as a built-in microwave. Industrial pendant lighting with mercury finish parading down the middle of the island adds a touch of elegant sophistication.




The mix of quartz countertops in Frosty Carina on the island and hutch along with the dark grey granite on the perimeter work well with the waterglass subway tile accented with white grout. The hutch also enjoys Satin Seedy glass cabinets on top with painted shelving inside to match the blue in the rest of the kitchen. All of this partners well with the Maison Blanche painted birch cabinets.

All new stainless steel appliances make a striking statement of their own, working seamlessly with the bright colors, wood paneled ceiling and dark stained hardwood flooring. Subtle details such as the cup pulls and stain nickel finish on the drawer and door hardware quietly but powerfully pull the look together.

Not to be outdone by the eye-catching dynamics of the rest of the kitchen is the wood paneled ceiling, accentuated with sky lights and recessed cans.

“This ceiling is actually the original ceiling,” noted Welschmeyer. “We were going to paint it white but decided it was best left as it was.”

Sometimes it is just that one original touch that makes a space seem vibrantly new and alive.



Profile Cabinet and Design

Pendant Lights: West Elm   |   Island & Inside of Hutch Paint: Blue Sage   |   Glass: Satin Seedy   |   Stools: Target   |   Sink: Kohler   |   Backsplash: Waterglass Subway   |   Island and Hutch Tops: Frosty Carina Quartz

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