Monarch Tackles Lack of Storage in this Small Mid-Century Modern Kitchen Design

Increasing storage was just one of the many challenges Monarch faced in the transformation of this small kitchen into a functional, bright open space.

“These clients desperately needed to increase storage,” says Monarch designer Shelley Herbert. “I had to think outside the box.”

Monarch worked with the homeowners to design a kitchen that fits beautifully with their love of mid-century modern pieces and style.

“We had lived with the builder’s standard kitchen for over 15 years. Our house is small and it’s important that every room shines. The old kitchen lacked storage and looked tired. Shelley not only understood our storage challenges, she understood our style and taste and elevated them into a beautiful, fresh kitchen.

She offered us creative solutions for every challenge the kitchen posed and worked hard to ensure we were happy with every surface in the kitchen. It’s gone from being the worst room in the house to the best! I love everything about our new kitchen.”

Diane in Ajax

“We needed to accommodate a coffee grinder and coffee maker,” says Shelley. “The space was very small so a counter-depth fridge was a must.”

Quartz countertops with matching backsplash and white upper cabinets provide the perfect contrast to the walnut veneer cabinetry throughout.

With additional storage available in a facing wall of white cabinetry, Monarch was able to incorporate a double oven, built-in microwave and pots-and-pans drawer.

“These homeowners were such a fun couple, a true pleasure to work with,” adds Shelley. “I’m thrilled that we were able to design a space that fits so beautifully with their love of mid-century modern style but also, and most importantly, increased their storage and satisfied their requirements. The last time I stopped in, they still had empty cabinets!”

Kitchen Design Details

Cabinetry: Miralis Semi-Lacquer High Gloss (white and walnut veneer)
Countertop and Backsplash: Caesarstone Quartz (Cloudburst Concrete)
Flooring: Glow flooring 12×24″ porcelain tile, laid in a herringbone pattern