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Installation Stories: A Light and Bright Farmhouse-Style Kitchen Remodel

By Shannon Malone |

ultra cream modern white kitchen tile backsplash design

Design and Image: CityHome Collective

With a light and bright color palette in mind, designer Susannah Holmberg of CITYHOME COLLECTIVE transformed this family of 4's outdated kitchen into a warm and welcoming space, designed for cooking and gathering. The Salt Lake City-based designer paired our classic 3 x 6 subway tile in Ultra Cream, with a variety of neutral finishes, open shelving, and eclectic artwork.  The combination of styles and materials gives the kitchen a well lived in look that is brimming with sophistication and well-curated style.  We took a minute to chat with Susannah about the kitchen design and her Fireclay Tile experience.

Hi Susannah!  We're wondering, how did you hear about us?  And did you work with one of our Design Consultants on the project?

Susannah – I heard about Fireclay tile through an online search., and yes I was helped by your Design Consultant, Lauren Ritchie who has been ridiculously helpful and great to work with.  

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Tile color shown: Ultra Cream

Can you tell me about the space?  What did the kitchen look like before, and what did you change?

Susannah – The kitchen is for a family of foodies with 4 kids in Baltimore.  They wanted to update the space and open their dark, granny kitchen.  The space was small and dark, with old wallpaper and absolutely no cooking flow.  So I knocked down a wall and created a design that would lighten it and brighten the kitchen.

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Design and Image: CityHome Collective

Were you going for a specific look or style?

Susannah – I was going for an updated farmhouse look.  My clients were drawn to a classic farmhouse style, but I thought the space would benefit from something airier and brighter that still drew from that style, so I chose shaker style cabinets, an oil rubbed wood desk and handmade subway tile.  That's where Fireclay came in.

How did you come up with the color palette?

Susannah – I went with a classic cream palette, and your Tile color, Ultra Cream, which was a better fit with the classic house than a bright white would be.  I used brass hardware from School House Electric for the same reason.  The house needed a bright and airy palette, that still felt warm and welcoming.

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Design and Image: CityHome Collective

Thanks for chatting with us, Susannah!

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