Create a Distinctive Condo Kitchen

Transform your cookie cutter kitchen with unique furnishings that add a personal touch

Credit: High Tower Caravaggio from Inform Interiors

Distinctive lights give your condo kitchen more personality

Q: How can I transform my cookie-cutter condo kitchen into a more distinctive space?


Pendant lights are often found suspended over the kitchen peninsula – you see similar styles at your local Starbucks. Replace them with a larger, more current alternative.

We love the Caravaggio pendant or the more organic Drop One or Drop Twopendants from Original BTC.


Transform your beige, drywall backsplash with bright, patterned wallpaper like Cole and Son’s Cow Parsley.

Each time you enter your kitchen, you’ll be transported to a colourful urban meadow.

If the backsplash is sporting its original, dull tile, we love using a subway tile instead – it’s timeless and looks great in both modern and traditional spaces. The classic is white ceramic, but you could consider other materials such as glass or marble.

Countertops and Cabinets

If you’re replacing countertops, we recommend engineered stone in bright white or soft smoke. The backsplash can be done in the same material for a seamless and elegant look that unifies the two surfaces.

Cabinets look well dressed in a gorgeous, warm grey. We like Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal – it’s elegant, modern and suits any style. Jewelry in the form of shiny new cabinet hardware provides the perfect final touch.

The Spritz Pull from Restoration Hardware is plain and pretty enough to suit any interior.

Originally published in BC Home & Garden magazine. For regular updates, subscribe to our free Home and Garden e-newsletters, or purchase a subscription to the magazine.