Kitchen Design Ideas For Your Vancouver Home

(January 11, 2018 , posted in Sellers)

Vancouver is an outdoor explorer’s dream. The city’s rainy days and temperate weather have made it one of the greenest places in North America. Vancouver’s main strip has plenty of bustling downtown haunts for foodies and cocktail lovers, and plenty of sights and sounds for the outdoorsmen among us (including 1,000 acres of green space in the form of Stanley Park). Though the city has many faces, Vancouver homes have stayed stalwart in their tributes to the area’s lush surroundings, from hunting lodge wood panels to vaulted ceilings (not to mention cozy fireplaces). There’s a little of the country cottage in every Vancouver home, even at its most modern. If you’re planning an overhaul of your kitchen, think green, and take the opportunity to showcase Vancouver’s natural beauty with a few key touches.

Paint & Color

If you’re lucky enough to be on the water, you’ll want to complement your home’s lush views (especially if your kitchen includes a view). Natural wood and clean architectural lines with metal highlights will help your dining room and kitchen pull focus toward the rooms’ main attraction. Go rustic and make your kitchen a cabin in the woods with a modern edge using greens, browns and neutral tones, with wood accents or paneling. Neutral grays and whites will never go out of style, especially if you’re in Vancouver’s bustling downtown. 

Appliances & Furniture

Whether you’re a breakfast bar aficionado or more of a formal dining room type, you’ll have decisions ahead for your kitchen’s furniture, cookware and appliances. Many Vancouver homes underscore their proximity to natural landmarks and forestry with fireplaces, not to mention lots of windows and skylights. Go for an antique table set in a dark wood to add a little ski lodge chic to your home, or move your entire dining space outdoors to take advantage of Vancouver’s sights. 


When it comes to showcase views and natural landscapes in your home, you can do it one of two ways—modern and minimalist or classic and rustic. Shaker-style cabinetry has continued to reign supreme, but you may find that slab cabinet doors streamline your space. Make a statement with an unusual color for cabinets on your kitchen island (such as green or yellow), but stick to neutral tones for your overall kitchen. Dark woods or even painted beadboard will give your kitchen the feel of a country retreat. If you’re lucky enough to live downtown, you may consider a few extra touches—a mix of natural wood and jewel-toned cabinetry, or even locally-sourced wood cabinets


While you may not be close to beloved landmarks such as Stanley Park and the Capilano Suspension Bridge, you can at least make the most of your view. Whether you’re looking out at Vancouver’s downtown or its greenery, you’ll want to showcase the scenery as much as possible with your windows. Skylights and picture windows will provide the most light for your space (and the best frame for your scenic view). You may decide to add a little visual interest with a bay or bow window in your kitchen—after all, what better place would there be for a breakfast nook?

Thanks to our guest author Matt Lawler, a lifestyle blogger in Arizona where he attended Arizona State University. Whenever he can step away from the computer, Matt enjoys looking for things to do in Phoenix such as playing sports, traveling and exploring the great outdoors

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