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3 Unique Ways to Design an Open-Concept Condo Kitchen

Three new Lower Mainland condo developments demonstrate how one standard kitchen layout, with the right design elements, can take on endless fresh looks.

For micro-suites and larger-than-life penthouses alike, right now it’s all about that open concept: floor plans that blur the line between kitchen, dining and living areas to bring people together. It’s why we’re seeing such similar layouts in the latest condo developments; but, still, all kitchens are not created equal. Material choices—countertops, backsplashes, cabinetry—can totally transform the look and feel of a space. Just look at any show suite on the condo market, and you’ll see how this on-trend set-up can be customized and transformed by a designer’s choice of finishes.

(Photo: John Sinal.)

The Look: West Coast Scandinavian

Where You’ll See It: Mirabel, West End
Designer Alda Pereira added in a marble tile backsplash for a hit of natural patterning amid the minimalist white-and-wood cabinetry, which keeps a compact space feeling light and bright.

(Photo: Foster Martin.)

The Look: Euro-Classic

Where You’ll See It: Foster Martin, White Rock
A waterfall countertop of grey-and-white marble in this kitchen—along with dark wood-grain cabinets—adds some upscale elegance to the space.

The Look: Modern Monochrome

Where You’ll See It: Elenore on Fifth, Mount Pleasant
This sleek kitchen space is all about clean lines and sophisticated black-and-white finishes, from the white-laminate cabinets and matching solid- quartz backsplash to the black built-in pantry.

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