Life of the Party: A Bright Kitchen Design

Transitional SAN JOSE, CA


Pool parties and sports-watching are cherished activities for the family of this 1961 ranch home in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood. The clients wanted to open up the kitchen space to create a seamless flow to the home’s living spaces, as well as the pool and patio spaces in their back garden.


As the design process evolved, the idea of the Ultimate Cocktail Bar emerged and developed into an integral component of the new bright kitchen. White shaker cabinets combine perfectly with the COREtec Plus XL gray-washed waterproof floors in Metropolis Oak. Jeffrey Court jewel-tone mosaic droplet glass tile at the back splash accentuates the Cambria quartz counter tops in Ella to create a cheery space ready to welcome the party!


This bright and cheery kitchen adheres to a transitional design style, incorporating both traditional and modern elements. The shaker style cabinets present clean lines topped by a more decorative crown molding. The sheen of the stainless steel appliances is balanced by the grey wood tones on the floor. The red marquee letters that spell BAR offer a pop of color amid the kitchen’s more neutral palette.


Layered lighting plays a large role in kitchen design. A bright kitchen plan includes a combination of natural lighting, task lighting, as well as decorative. Notice that under cabinet lights are cleverly hidden above the wet bar by a decorative piece of woodwork below the cabinets. Recessed LED lighting lines the kitchen ceiling. French doors and double windows within the footprint of the kitchen provide natural light.

Words from our Client
"Throughout the project, our concerns were addressed in a professional manner; the work crew was respectful and tidy and even mid-project changes were accommodated with no fuss. I highly recommend Next Stage Design to anyone considering a home project - big or small, they will absolutely get the job done right...the first time!"
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Senior Project Designer, CID, UDCP
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