A Blue and White Norwalk Kitchen Balances Form and Function
From professional-grade cooking technology to a spacious “command station” and unexpected butler’s pantry, this kitchen has something for everyone.
Families with high school–aged children know that life can be busy and sometimes disjointed—from soccer practice, to sleepovers, study dates and everything in between. For this active Norwalk family, connecting over food is in their genes. (The client’s mother was a professional chef.)
To bring the focus back to cooking and gathering together, they enlisted Nukitchens to reimagine their outdated kitchen. Lead designer Heather Rumore set out to create a layout that would be multifunctional, with a little something for everyone. A massive island “command station,” as the homeowner calls it, features seating for four, butcher block countertop, a drawer for utensil storage and a knife block and a built-in bookcase for cookbooks. There’s also an eat-in kitchen table overlooking the backyard, a work nook, and a butler’s pantry.
To accommodate the new amenities and a larger professional-grade range, Rumore removed space from a pantry closet that provided little organization or functional storage. “The kitchen is the heart of the home now more than ever,” confirms Nukitchens director Gabriella Najmy, but the renovation delivered more than just a savvy layout.
The client yearned for a blue kitchen, and the team set out to make their cobalt dreams a reality with a design that was beautiful and timeless. “The exact blue color went through many iterations,” notes Najmy. “We worked with Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry to make multiple custom color samples.” Ultimately, Rumore and the homeowners settled on two sheens: a satin finish for the primary area and a high gloss on the bar.
Crisp white upper cabinetry and white quartz countertops and backsplash bring an element of contrast that “allows the blue to really pop,” Najmy explains. Wood tones on the butcher block island countertop, and custom wrapped range hood ties in nature for a connection to the outdoors. “The addition of walnut components introduces a natural element,” she says. “Those beautiful wood grains that only Mother Nature can create keeps things fresh.”
Lastly, notes of brushed brass on the hardware, range hood, and light fixtures lend a bit of sheen. “Brass brings the brightness in this kitchen,” Najmy notes. “It’s the jewelry throughout the space in the cabinet hardware, cleats on the butcher block countertop, Waterstone faucet, Ilve range and light fixtures from Chloe Winston Lighting Design—our neighbors here in South Norwalk.”
The end result is truly a marriage of form and function, delivering the beautiful blue kitchen the homeowner dreamed of along with a smart layout for prep with details like a pot filler on the range and stacked wall cabinets for additional storage. “We knew this client had many creative ideas for their kitchen, and we knew we could help fulfill their vision with custom cabinetry and a high level of design,” Najmy offers. “Ultimately we ended up with a functional, timeless, and cheery design for this space.”