Bluegrass, Iowa Kitchen Remodel With Warm Woods and Black & Gold Accents

Maple kitchen with gold lighting and Village Home Stores logo.

The warmth of a wood stained kitchen is always an inviting look for a design. We absolutely love how these Bluegrass, Iowa clients took their modern eclectic tastes and translated them with their designer at Village Home Stores into a kitchen. This new design suites the style of the home while still reflecting an updated look. Maple Dura Supreme Cabinetry in the “Kendall” door and “Clove” stain have been accented with a “Black” accent paint on the edges and details.

Maple kitchen with matte black and gold accents and granite counters. Kitchen design and remodel in Bluegrass, Iowa by Village Home Stores.
Maple kitchen with matte black and gold accents and granite counters. Kitchen design and remodel in Bluegrass, Iowa by Village Home Stores.

The mix of warm woods and views of the Iowa countryside out of the windows evoke a connection with nature. Another wonderful natural connection of bringing the outdoors in is the use of natural stone countertops. Natural stone is a fantastic surface choice and a material that is timeless and rich in history. In this kitchen we installed Granite counters in the Makala Bay color.

Natural stone Makala Bay Granite countertops. Kitchen design and remodel in Bluegrass, Iowa by Village Home Stores.
Natural stone Makala Bay Granite countertops.

As much as quartz companies can attempt it, never can you recreate the natural character and unique opportunity you have to invest in natural stone for your project. Having a large island top like this is a great way to showcase the natural variations in colors, materials, and veining that natural stones offer. A fun and exciting step in the natural stone selection process with your Village Home Stores designer is the option to visit the Epic Stone warehouse in Davenport to hand-select your stone slabs. Learn more about this local selection process and get directions and details for Epic Stone LLC here in a past blog post.

Maple kitchen with corner sink and granite counters. Kitchen design and remodel in Bluegrass, Iowa by Village Home Stores.
Maple kitchen with corner sink and granite counters in Bluegrass Iowa.

This kitchen design includes a corner sink with granite plant shelf that looks out two windows. Ask a Village designer if your space allows for a corner sink design. We love the lighting selections made for this kitchen. The pendant light fixture above the kitchen sink makes a statement without blocking the light and view outside. Textured seedy glass on this “Stone” pendant light from Capital Lighting adds texture and style to the space.

The kitchen includes accents of dark bronze, matte black, and even some brushed gold. The cabinet hardware is the “Highland Ridge” series from our Amerock line. Black appliances we also used in this design and they perfectly complement the Black painted accent glaze on the surrounding cabinet doors and drawers.

Matte black GE Cafe appliances. Kitchen design and remodel in Bluegrass, Iowa by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen design and remodel in Bluegrass, Iowa by Village Home Stores.

With the natural granite counters as a focal point of the overall look, a more subtle wall tile was desired. We installed 3″ x 6″ “Highland Park” Subway Tiles in the Antique White color to compliment the background colors of the granite slabs. If you would like to see a full album of photos from this finished remodel, click here to see it on our Houzz profile. The full wall of tile look so clean because we tucked all of the wall switches and outlets up underneath the cabinetry!

Legrand undercabinet track system with movable outlets, lighting, and accessories.
Legrand undercabinet track system with movable outlets, lighting, and accessories.

This unique modular track system is from our legrand line. It as so many incredible accessories now available including bluetooth speakers, phone charging stations, tablet docks, and more! The best thing is how versatile this system is. All of these components including the outlets can be moved as needed! If you would like to learn more about this system and see it in action then check out this episode of the Village Home Show where we invite a lighting expert from our team to a jobsite to show is more about this undercabinet system.

Legrand undercabinet track system with movable outlets, lighting, and phone dock. Kitchen design, lighting and remodel in Bluegrass, Iowa by Village Home Stores.
Legrand undercabinet track system with movable outlets, lighting, and phone dock.

A single-step way to update any space is by changing out the light fixture! As we were working on this kitchen remodel we also selected new light fixtures for other areas of the home. We love the new dinette light that was selected just off the kitchen. This modern take on a classic brass chandelier compliments the home and the new kitchen style. The “Zander” light by Capital Lighting (shown below) is available in many sizes.

Aged brass Zander Chandelier light from Capital Lighting hanging in a Bluegrass, Iowa dining space. Lighting by Village Home Stores.
Aged brass Zander Chandelier light from Capital Lighting hanging in a Bluegrass, Iowa dining space.

Mixed metals is a continued trend for all home interior categories. We see it in kitchen designs, home accessories, and fixtures like lighting. The formal dining room in this home now has the “Kearney” 5 light chandelier from our Savoy House line. This fixture is a blend of Vintage Black and Warm Brass finishes. Clean lines and great design are always in style!

Black and gold Kearney Chandelier light from Savoy House hanging in a Bluegrass, Iowa formal dining room. Lighting by Village Home Stores.
Black and gold Kearney Chandelier light from Savoy House hanging in a Bluegrass, Iowa formal dining room.

Did you know that you can shop all of our lighting online, anytime? Sort by style, finish, location, etc and even login to view you lighting estimates and selections curated for you from our experts. Learn more here on our website and shop now at this link. Another mixed metal light hangs in the foyer entry. The “Liege” light by Minka Lavery is Kingston Bronze with Brass highlights.

Black and gold Liege foyer light from Minka Lavery hanging in a Bluegrass, Iowa foyer.
Black and gold Liege foyer light from Minka Lavery hanging in a Bluegrass, Iowa foyer. Lighting by Village Home Stores.

Are you ready for your own kitchen remodel story with us? We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help. Village Home Stores offers Appliances, Cabinetry, Countertops, Lighting, Wall Tile, Flooring, Window Treatments, and more! We also offer complete start-to-finish remodeling services from our remodel Project Management team. If you are interested in one or more of these categories of products for your own project just reach out to our team. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online message form and a member of our team will be in touch.

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Coal Valley, IL- Black, White, and Gold Kitchen Remodel

So what is black and white and gold all over? This perfectly on-trend kitchen remodel in Coal Valley, IL. A Transitional style space that is tasteful and right on trend! We originally met with this customer about estimating design and materials for her brand new home. Instead she ended up finding a great existing home opportunity in Coal Valley, IL. She then began working with us to remodel this home completely to now reflect her own taste and personality.

The home was in great shape and already had a very functional layout to work with. The 1990’s finishes however, were ready for an update. Medium Oak cabinetry, laminate counters, and beige paint graces every room. Here is a peek at the original kitchen that included a peninsula and white appliances. There was already a space adjacent to the kitchen for a dining area.

This customer worked closely with a team from Village Home Stores and her own contractors to take the 90’s property not only up to date… but magazine cover worthy! When you work with Village Home Stores, part of our process is to present you with full color renderings of your designs. This is our process whether you are building or remodeling. In a remodel of this size, the renderings help to visualize the shift of the entire style of a home. Seeing the vision in a rendering helps out so much! Our experts work with you to make sure the complete design and all the selections within it will work perfectly AND reflect your own tastes. In this case, the tastes of our client were sophisticated and stylish!
Full color rendering of custom kitchen design from the expert team at Village Home Stores

Two-tone kitchen design has seen some major shifts over the past few years. Originally, the most comfortable way to two-tone a kitchen design has been to add a second finish to a freestanding kitchen island. A refreshing new approach has been to install a dark base cabinet and a lighter upper cabinet in a design. We see this with darker graphite grays, blacks, and even navy blue.
Black base cabinets and White upper cabinets paired with quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.comPainted black and white cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Savannah” door is complimented with a Cararra Marble backsplash in a herringbone pattern. A single-level island in the center of the design seemed to almost appear to be wrapped in ribbon. That ribboned look is a waterfalling quartz installation. Hanstone quartz “Tranquility” is installed as the island countertop and the perimeter is a solid white “Royale Blanc” design.
Black and White painted kitchen with Black Stainless Steel appliances by KitchenAid and Hanstone Quartz. |

With the peninsula now removed, that left plenty of room for a large island to stretch the full length of the kitchen. A Microwave drawer by Sharp® is at the center with a large drawer below. The microwave is surrounded by wide drawer stacks and added storage and a pullout waste basket on the end near the sink.
Black and White painted kitchen with waterfalling Hanstone Quartz counters. |
Cascading/waterfalling your countertops could become the jaw-dropping statement-maker you are looking for! We recently installed our new front desk area to include multiple waterfall counters and all of our showroom guest love the look. See those tops here in a past blog post.
Hanstone quartz counters in the Tranquility design in a remodeled Coal Valley, IL kitchen.

With the quartz counters “wrapping” each end of the island, that doesn’t leave a great space to include an outlet. A large island like this in a great room space demands entertaining guest. Can’t you just picture this place full for a Holiday get-together? Power is needed for small appliances or even charging electronics when working from the island seating. We concealed the outlet right on the end beneath the decorative corner detail. The matte black outlet and cover blend perfectly. The kitchen island seats four and the nearby Dining area can accommodate more formal Dining guests. A 6-light gold orb fixture by Quorum hangs above the large dining table.
Black painted kitchen island with waterfalling Hanstone quartz counters and concealed outlet. |

Not only did this client have a very clear idea of her own personal style, she was incredibly organized with her inspirations! If you are dreaming of a new kitchen but know it will be a few years down the road, start honing your own tastes and inspirations now! Not only did this client come to us with a contagious enthusiasm, she also came with binders full of ripped out magazine photos, Pinterest boards, and even Houzz ideabooks. The open shelf wall of her design came inspired by an instagram post by Kristin on the Bliss at Home blog.

We think this corner of the kitchen design is such a beautiful way to add a space to personalize and customize the kitchen throughout the year. The Cararra Marble herringbone backsplash tile is installed from countertop to ceiling. This tile from Epic Stone adds texture and detail without being a distraction or too busy. Marble cut into small tiles provides a timeless tone-on-tone look.
Black painted cabinets, Black Stainless steel, and stylish open shelving. |

The gold shelf brackets are just one of the many gold accents throughout the space. The custom shelves are an Oak wood that has been charred. Charred or blackened wood accents are beginning to become a huge home accessories trend and we love introducing this look into the kitchen. The Japanese charred wood technique is called Shou Sugi Ban or Yakisugi.
Gold brackets and charred black shelves in a black and white kitchen. |

The charred wood compliments the Black painted base cabinets so well and adds another unique texture to the design. The finishes are not the only thing that saw an update. Our adorne® collection of outlets and switches from legrand® add fuction and style to the space. Take a look at this great pop-out outlet below the open shelves.
Pop-out outlet by legrand. |

Power when needed and concealed and stylish when not in use. Plus this single outlet packs a lot of power. This single pop-out includes 4 outlets! A brushed gold kitchen faucet adds another place for that pop of gold accent. This faucet also has a pull-out spray wand.
Brushed Gold Kohler kitchen faucet. |

Selecting a accent color is only half of the process of executing it well. Accenting is all about balancing scale and locations of your colors. This kitchen includes pops of gold found in the lighting, hardware, and accessories. The underside of the kitchen island pendants give a peek-a-boo approach to the accent. These pendants are named “Placuna” and come from our Uttermost line.
Gold kitchen lighting by Uttermost and Kichler. |

Due to the large size of the new kitchen window, a single light wouldn’t seem appropriate. Two 10″ wide Kichler “Maclain” pendants hang framing in the sink area. The same legrand series that makes the pop-out outlet mentioned above also offers a modular undercabinet system. This unique system of lighting, outlets, and electronic docking accessories can be customized and changed to accommodate the kitchen needs.
Modular undercabinet lighting and outlet system by legrand. |

All of the outlet and USB boxes can be pulled and moved to other locations. There are also bluetooth speaker inserts and accessories like this tablet dock. The look is sleek and best of all?, it allows your backsplash tile to spread the full height without being disrupted or distracted by an outlet. For kitchens including a full-height stone or quartz backsplash this system can really be a fantastic solution!
Modular undercabinet lighting system with outlets. |

The painted black cabinets from the bases of the kitchen design are repeated in the taller elements of the kitchen. This looks especially stunning because of the new appliances included from KitchenAid®. A french door counter-depth refrigerator and double wall oven have been built-in to a painted black cabinet surround. The appliances are in the innovative and stylish Black Stainless Steel finish by KitchenAid®. This finish is a true Stainless Steel and the fingerprint-resistant finish creates a matte black look that pairs perfectly with this cabinet choice.
BBlack Stainless Steel appliances by KitchenAid |

Black Stainless appliances are accented with chrome and Stainless details. This makes them pair well with other metal finishes in a complete design. This kitchen includes a Stainless cooktop and microwave drawer. The kitchen faucet and lighting above the sink are also a brushed golden finish that helps to compliment the stainless texture of the appliances. See another great example of mixed metals including Black Stainless here in a past blog post.
Black Stainless Steel appliances by KitchenAid available from the Quad Cities KitchenAid experts at Village Home Stores. |

Of course any dream kitchen must include storage wish-list cabinets. Slide-out shelves, post and pans drawers, and a pull-out spice rack are among some of the inserts included in the design. We love how keeping the darker finish on the base cabinets helps to keep the overall space light and airy.
Black and White painted kitchen with pullout spice rack. |

Village Home Stores also offers a full line of custom blinds and shades for your home. This wide new kitchen window has been fit with our Oxford House® “Transitions” shade.  While being operated the wide, horizontal stripes overlap to offer an open or closed look even when the shade is down. The shade is the “Dixie White” finish.
Custom Window Shades and Blinds by Oxford House. Shown: Transistions shades. |

All of this rests on a stunning new Luxury Vinyl Tile (or L.V.T.) from our Fusion Hybrid collection. The gray woodgrain pattern is named “Dutch Pine”. This LVT is installed throughout the great room. See more detailed photos of this kitchen plus some of the other space in this remodeled home here over on our award-winning Houzz page.


When we went to visit this finished kitchen to photograph it we noticed a little dish by the kitchen sink. It has a gold-winged flying pig attached to it. The client quickly said “Oh that? My friends and I always joked I would get the dream kitchen I had been planning in my head for year when pigs fly” Well don’t look now but there is a flying pig in her kitchen because it has happened! Have you seen your dream kitchen on Instagram or Pinterest? How about the cover of a magazine while waiting in a grocery line? Even television shows and movies can provide us inspiration for our own dream spaces. Start collecting your ideas now and contact us as soon as you are ready to start the conversation about your own dream kitchen. Simply complete this online form or call us at (309) 944-1344 to schedule an appointment. We think we see a pig flying outside your current kitchen window. It’s time.