Kitchen Design: “White and Bright with Shades of Gray”

CAPID  visits A. Radley Designs who unveils to us her latest, Stunning Kitchen Design.

A 1980’s kitchen receives a much-needed update. This fun-loving couple enjoyed entertaining but the kitchen design of their newly purchased home inhibited their high-spirited style. At the top of their wish list:  open up the kitchen as much as possible to allow friends and family to be more involved in festivities.

By penetrating the adjoining wall, the kitchen now opens to the dining room and living room which accommodates their classic pool table.  A new peninsula acts as an eating bar for informal dining and entertaining but also increases counter and storage space.

Open Kitchen DesignCabinetry below the peninsula was designed to look like a piece of furniture and custom-stained in an understated gray tone to complement the back splash and natural stone quartzite counter top.   A wine and beverage cooler and a microwave drawer make this a true entertainment center.


Raising the ceiling and installing Velux skylights allows natural light to flow into this charming kitchen and the adjacent rooms. When the sun shines too brightly through the skylights, the homeowners use a remote switch to control light-filtering shades.  In the evening, under cabinet task lighting and toe kick lighting on separate dimmers add beauty and drama to the room.

Kitchen Lighting

Combination gray matte and glossy glass tiles add just the right amount of sheen and allure to the back splash.  And so as not to spoil its beauty, Legrand Adorne switches and wall plates in brushed pewter are mounted on the tiled splash.

Gray and White Kitchen Design


A Thermador professional range, stainless appliances and pewter cabinetry hardware intensify the sparkle and shine while soft gray paint on the walls and ceiling offset the snowy white cabinetry.

Gray and White Kitchen Design

Most importantly, the homeowners’ charismatic kitchen now reflects their outgoing personalities and becomes the gathering place they desired.


Designed by ~ Angela Radley

A.Radley Designs


Photography by VT Fine Art Photography

Personalized Kitchen Accessibility

Creating a Personalized Kitchen for Your Home

Have you ever wondered how a kitchen can be designed to accommodate the various needs of the home’s occupants?  What if only one member of the family is in a wheelchair?  What if the members of the family are all short-statured?

We are all aware that people come in all shapes and sizes, with ever-changing needs and abilities.  The kitchen is probably one of the most important areas in a home where the needs of the users should be addressed.

So what do we do when only one member of the family has a disability, or when people of multiple heights will use the kitchen with regularity?  One of the most versatile solutions to address this is the use of cabinet and counter lifts, appliance lifts or adjustable shelving.

Obviously, this solution means an added expense for new cabinetry, at least in the areas where you want to provide lifts.

Another way to adapt, if you have room for it and plumbing is nearby, is to add an island where you can have an opportunity to step down the part where the sink will be and install a dishwasher drawer if necessary.

If you have a whole family of short-statured people, permanently placing the cabinets and appliances at a lower level is best.  And if and when it comes time to sell the home, you can simply add a cabinet allowance marked off of the sale price for the next buyer to make the necessary adjustments.

Remember, your family is the one that lives in your house, so give yourself permission to enjoy your home while you are there!

Contributed by: Monica A. Nordquist, CAPID

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