Dining Rooms

Bright and Inviting Kitchen

Project details

Designer Paula Fullerton took on the design challenge of refreshing and updating the original kitchen in a 30-year-old home in Durham. The homeowner desperately needed more lighting and workspaces. Paula’s vision and ideas reimagined the space – brightening and beautifying while increasing storage, functionality, and adding seating.

To amplify light, Paula replaced the original cabinet doors with shaker style doors painted white, faced the ventilation with a wood range hood, added a custom island with beautifully veined quartz countertop material that was repeated on the counters.

Paula replaced a dated wallpaper with a light blue paint color, had the new island finished in a deeper delft blue and replaced sheeted vinyl flooring with luxury vinyl tile in a stone pattern. The formerly painted backsplash was covered in stacked stone in a pastel coloration.

Lighting updates included added under-counter lights, hand blown island pendant lights, and dimmable recessed ceiling lighting.

The custom-made swivel island stools were upholstered in a soft floral pattern that was repeated in the valance over the sink. New white wood blinds at that window provide light control and privacy.

The overall result is a timeless, bright, space to gather and nourish the owners for decades to come.

Vendors: UrbanSource Countertops, Hoodsly, Southeastern Tile Connection, Frazee Carpet, ELK Lighting, Fairfield Chair, Carole Fabrics, Hunger Douglas

Max Hugo Kitchen Update

Designer Paula Fullerton

location Durham, NC