When Rob Hahn and Maria Roques bought their 1948 Highland home, it had a tricky floor plan. “It was 858 square feet with the kitchen stuck in the middle,” says Hahn, a developer who is not afraid of a remodel. Using a picture of an all-white kitchen in the Spanish magazine Diseño Interior as inspiration, plus some help from Denver cabinet manufacturer Kabi, the couple transformed their kitchen into a light-filled family gathering space.

1) Cabinets

White gloss laminate doors and drawers in the kitchen elegantly contrast the bar area, with brown laminate and oil-rubbed bronze. “We used different colors to establish separation of the two spaces,” Hahn says.

2) Wall Treatments

A gray backdrop makes the white cabinets pop. In the adjoining dining room, a wall faced with antique mushroom wood from Pennsylvania warms things up.

3) Flooring

Oak floors stained spice brown invoke the home’s traditional past and take the edge off the sleek cabinetry. Hahn says: “We wanted something to tie back to the old house.”

4) Storage

Spacious, gliding drawers house everything from pots and pans to dinnerware. In lieu of an appliance garage, a cabinet door pops up to reveal small appliances on a slide-out shelf.

5) Seating

Expanding the house by eight feet made way for an informal dining nook with access to the yard on one side. At the island, the family enjoys casual meals on Lyra barstools.