Mixing Master Class

A Neil Kelly kitchen renovation has magic in the materials.

Photos by Darius Kuzmickas, KuDa Photography

Janel Campbell, design consultant for Neil Kelly, mixed materials like a boss on this farmhouse/industrial kitchen renovation.

“The layout didn’t change dramatically on this 2005 colonial revival,” says Campbell. “Our overall goal was to calm things down, include richer tones and stronger details, and move the style of the home from build grade toward farmhouse/industrial. Mixing finishes isn’t new, but it can definitely lend itself to a more fitted look.”


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The base cabinets, made of clear alder, have more dimension with a chocolate glaze and play nicely with blue-stained cherry uppers.

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The couple knew they wanted natural-stone countertops and picked this granite first, with its blue-gray and creamy ribbons. Campbell eventually drew the kitchen’s palette from it.

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The designer upgraded all of the light fixtures to LEDs and replaced 6-inch canned lighting with 2-inch. “It’s a harsher environment when you have glare,” Campbell says.

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Pratt & Larson field tile with varied textures make a compelling focal point behind a simplified range hood.

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Campbell replaced a rolling cart and added details to the resulting island to give it more of a presence. “I was doing some pandemic reading when I came across this company in Cottage Grove, Apple Pie Antiques, which makes this galvanized steel with a copper drip.”