1. New year, new kitchen!
The <em>Chatelaine</em> Kitchen is the heart and soul of our magazine family. With up to five cooks working side by side, and thousands of recipes developed, tested and photographed each year—and a constant flow of eager editors looking for tasty bites to sample—it's seen its fair share of wear and tear. It was starting to look a little shabby chic (minus the chic), so our home and food teams went to work to give the utilitarian space a kick-ass makeover. Check out the amazing results—our creative and stylish solutions might work wonders in your kitchen, too.
2. Choose classic colours for built-ins
We want our kitchen to look as stylish in five years as it does today. So we chose a timeless scheme in blue-black and white. Subway tiles with grey grout add on-trend style—and we can always change the accessories to suit our mood.
3. Go with bold art
<p>Soften the commercial feel of professional fixtures with oversized art. We had shots of our food stories blown up and placed in large frames without mats for a more modern look.</p><p><strong>Upgrade:</strong> We love our new GE dishwasher—it's super-speedy so we get through more loads.</p>
4. Tile an entire wall
<p>Skipping upper cabinets gives a spacious designer vibe and creates the opportunity for a feature wall. Add texture by tiling, exposing brick or hanging decorative pendant lights close to the wall.</p><p><strong>Extras:</strong></p><p><strong></strong>Hard-wearing vinyl flooring looks as good as wood.</p><p>Our industrial hood makes testing curries and fish recipes possible in a a busy office environment.</p><p>In order to keep up, we need two ranges… plus a wall oven… plus a microwave. Bonus: Having ten stovetop burners means we can test more recipes at once.</p><p>Watch our 2-minute <a href="https://www.chatelaine.com/living/home-decorating/watch-the-chatelaine-kitchen-makeover-video/" target="_blank">stop motion video that shows the kitchen renovation</a> from start to finish!</p>