How A Dark Gloomy Space Was Transformed Into Light And Bright Comfy Kitchen

When Joe and Sarah Boland were drawn to the skylights, soaring ceilings and picture windows that allowed in streams of natural light when they moved into their colonial-style home in Burke. However, the kitchen of the house was its only blemish. It had dark wood cabinetry, paired with black countertops, that worked to create a gloomy space, while a cooktop-covered peninsula disrupted the flow of the kitchen. The family of four, including two daughters ages 8 and 10, longed for a sunny gathering spot that harmonized with the breeziness of the rest of their home.

Sarah Boland wanted a farmhouse kitchen design, complete with a farmhouse sink

According to Burke Connection, “The former kitchen’s dark slate flooring was replaced with wide-plank wood and the peninsula swapped for an island. “I knew I liked an updated, transitional farmhouse feel with a farmhouse sink,” said Sarah. White Silestone accented with ribbons of blue and gray now tops the counters and island. The updated workspaces give Laura inspiration that sparks her culinary aspirations, and she shares those with her daughters. “The island is a workstation, but it’s also an eating station and fits six people,” said Couchman. “It’s multi-functional, which we’re seeing a lot of now. People are doing away with breakfast tables in the kitchen.”

As per the Burke Connection, “The kitchen not only makes efficient use of space and lets in sunshine but provides a venue for lively family togetherness. “The vast island table is great for crafting, playing games, baking, and doing homework,” said Laura. “The kitchen has such a clean, bright feel, which is part of the reason we are always in there.” The COVID-19-induced social isolation gives the Boland family a renewed appreciation of their kitchen. “The kitchen is pretty much the first space we are in after we wake up,” said Laura. “It is…always very welcoming. I feel fortunate that I get to spend time, especially these days, in this homey and beautifully functional space.”

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.