Kitchen tour : Lighten up

Mehnaz Malik knows a limited budget doesn’t mean sacrificing function or aesthetics. With family life and budget informing her choices, the designer opted for laminate millwork in this kitchen belonging to a young family in Toronto. “Laminate is strikingly similar to white oak veneer but way more economical and durable,” she says. Its pale tones, both textural and warm, and the newly widened glass doors bring a lightened spirit to the room.

“The kitchen is now the epicentre of their home,” says Mehnaz, “full of warmth, joy and positive energy.”




Accentuate the Positive

“I used colour and saturated tones in the black faucet, soft blue stools and the gold in the pendants,” says designer Mehnaz Malik, who employed a mostly light-toned palette to bring brightness to the previously dark space. Closed storage keeps things neat and tidy, while an open wood cubby displays pretty pottery. The lighting is a masterful mix – think undercabinet, recessed ceiling, gorgeous mid-century inspired island pendants and contemporary dining chandelier.



Centre Island

The 10-foot-long island serves as a spot both for meals and homework. New expanded glass doors flood the south-facing room with an abundance of natural light.



DESIGN, CABINETRY, Mehnaz Malik, Natari Design. WALL PAINT, Chantilly Lace OC-65, Benjamin Moore. Vicostone COUNTERTOPS, Apex Custom Fabrication. Kentwood FLOORING, Quality Sterling Group. Aquadesign FAUCET, Taps. Kitchenaid WALL OVENS, Caplan’s. ISLAND PENDANT LIGHTS, Rejuvenation. STOOLS, Design Within Reach. TABLE, Huppé. CHAIRS, Rove Concept. Serge Mouille CHANDELIER, Bethel.

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