Becoming Inspired: Kitchen Phase One Inspiration

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.

Galley Kitchen:

Galley Kitchen Inspiration

Southern Hospitality

Galley Kitchen Inspiration

Not a House, But a Home

What we love:

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:

Galley Kitchen Inspiration

House of Turquoise

Galley Kitchen Inspiration

House of Turqouise

Galley Kitchen Inspiration

House Beautiful

Galley Kitchen Inspiration

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Galley Kitchen Inspiration

Better Homes and Gardens

What we love:

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.

kitchen phase one mood board

 

Details:

  1. Benjamin Moore Aura Satin paint in Cloud Cover (for the cabinets)
  2. Benjamin Moore Regal Eggshell paint in Stratton Blue (for the walls)
  3. Oil rubbed bronze hinges (since our cabinets are old school and the hinges show)
  4. Oil rubbed bronze cabinet handles
  5. Oil rubbed bronze classic drawer pulls
  6. Black granite sink
  7. Vintage-inspired faucet
  8. Black Alicante formica countertops (this was a low-budget kitchen upgrade – one day we will have solid stone countertops)
  9. Nautical light fixture
  10. 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.

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