Last time, I talked about the pros and cons of our original kitchen (before we touched it). Today, I am sharing our inspiration and our plan for the kitchen (at least when it comes to aesthetics). As we talked about in our post about our dual decorating style, we like kind of a modern, bright, cottage feel. We like classic touches with some fun, quirky, colorful pieces thrown in there just to make it more comfortable and fun.
Our kitchen is a galley, so we looked at lots of galley kitchens to see what directions we wanted to go in. Here are some inspiration photos of galley kitchens that we really liked followed by what we really liked about them.
What we love:
- Of the three major appliances (fridge, stove, and dishwasher), we like two on one side and one on the other (for balance and a work triangle)
- A decent gap between the two sides of cabinetry
- Netural cabinets because they are so close to each other (not a ton of color everywhere)
- Light and bright to open up the space so it doesn’t feel or look cramped
- Lots of light coming in
We also looked through our Pinterest boards to see what paint colors, hardware, light fixtures, and other kitchen-related items we were naturally drawn to. Here are our favorite photos and what we liked about them.
Kitchens We Were Drawn to:
What we love:
- Dark or gray countertops
- If gray counters, then silver colored hardware
- If dark counters, then dark hardware
- Gray or aqua/turquiose-gray walls
- A modern classic feel with vintage/retro details
- Some open shelving to add personal touches and to break up all the white
- White cabinetry
- Classic hardware
We took what we loved from these kitchens and applied it to our kitchen. Here is an inspiration board I created to give you just a taste of the final kitchen (I used the exact products we used as much as I could). This doesn’t include the fun accents, art, and shelving items, but it gives you a taste of the more permanent finishes we chose.
- Benjamin Moore Aura Satin paint in Cloud Cover (for the cabinets)
- Benjamin Moore Regal Eggshell paint in Stratton Blue (for the walls)
- Oil rubbed bronze hinges (since our cabinets are old school and the hinges show)
- Oil rubbed bronze cabinet handles
- Oil rubbed bronze classic drawer pulls
- Black granite sink
- Vintage-inspired faucet
- Black Alicante formica countertops (this was a low-budget kitchen upgrade – one day we will have solid stone countertops)
- Nautical light fixture
- Ikea white shelf with bracket
Looking at the inspiration board, it looks like there will be a lot of black in the kitchen, but really, because the cabinets will all be white, the black is there to balance it out. The Stratton Blue wall color paint was taken from the inspiration photos (it is used in the third and fourth photos in this post) and it is so pretty! It’s the perfect color and just reminds me of Cape Cod, which totally fits our vintage coastal style that we love.
We can’t wait to show you the final kitchen (when it is complete), but stay tuned for many progress photos of how we are getting from the inspiration to the final product.