With an ideal location in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, this dated Victorian residence had “beautiful bones” but had been sitting on the market for a year before being purchased with plans to revitalize the interior. Interior designer, Noel Han, explained, “Historical Victorian homes in this area often have beautiful architectural elements that I aim to preserve, but the floor plan and layout tend to be stuffy, not live-able and not light-filled. Modern families want bright, light-filled, spacious rooms that take advantage of outdoor views and living spaces, and function well for storage, meals, and entertaining.”

Preserving the architectural integrity and special features of the home was one of Han’s goals but at the same time, she re-designed the space, moving walls and adding windows to create an open floorplan that flowed easily between the kitchen and outdoor living spaces. Where the range once stood in the original design, now an entire wall of windows provides panoramic views of the outdoors and fills the kitchen with light. Below the windows, Han designed a long bank of base cabinets with drawers to provide plenty of storage and work surface. Light now pours into the space even on foggy days.

A pretty gray painted kitchen with a warm, red stained kitchen island.

The range was moved to the opposite wall so that beautiful window views could be added to the kitchen.

Han selected a palette of finishes with an eye toward creating a “soft color aesthetic”. “White painted finishes are very popular right now but would have felt stark and cold in this space,” she explained. “The french grey paint from Dura Supreme was a perfect complement for this vintage victorian home, to create a classic color scheme”.

A galley kitchen design with elegant glass cabinet doors with a light gray painted finish.

“This beautiful home already had hardware elements with a vintage brass finish, so I carefully selected antiqued, brushed brass hardware, plumbing, and metal finishes to blend with the original elements,” said Han.

She continued, “The La Cornue French Range adds modern function with a French antique look.”

This elegant Dura Supreme kitchen adorned with brassy gold accents was designed by Joyce Van Den Dungen Bille of Gilmans Kitchens and Baths, California.

“I appreciate working with Dura Supreme cabinetry because of the quality of the cabinetry, fast delivery, and the custom options. I’m able to create beautiful architectural details like the pull-out columns on both sides of the range and the curved mullion doors on the furniture hutch, and they offer a stunning palette of finishes and styles,” explained Han. For the bath cabinetry, Han created a similar palette of finishes and styles to create a complementary look throughout the entire home.

Beautiful slide-in range with double ovens in a gray kitchen design with gray painted kitchen cabinets and light gray backsplash tiles. Gold hardware, pot filler, and accents add warmth to the cool color palette. A detailed wood hood adds elegance to the design.
Karen Wistrom is the VP of Marketing for Dura Supreme Cabinetry and an expert on Kitchen & Bath industry trends. Read her blog stories for cabinetry and kitchen design insights on the Dura Supreme Cabinetry Blog.

Karen Wistrom, ASID, NCIDQ, CMG is Vice-President of Marketing for Dura Supreme, and a certified Interior Designer with 20+ years of experience in the cabinetry market.  As a long-standing member of the International Color Marketing Group (CMG), Karen is highly involved with color forecasting and trend tracking for the interior design industry.

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