Saturday, November 6, 2010

Kitchen Ideas

So I'm super excited for our closing date, December can't come soon enough this year.  It's going to be the best Christmas ever.  Our home inspection is next week, so hopefully that will go well and we will only have good news next week.

We've really started to get serious about thinking about the renovations we have planned.  We want to go with a lovely warm sand color for the walls in the living and dining room.  I like Beach House from Sherwin Williams.  I think it's warm and wonderful and will play nicely with our rich red living room accents pieces.  I want to paint the wood work white, but J doesn't really want to.  So I'm compromising for now and keeping it a nice blond color for now.  I might whitewash it in the future, but for now we'll leave it as is.

Because the house is an open concept (my favorite) I'm also going to paint the little dining area the same color as the living room.  Then I would like to do a nice floor to ceiling deep red curtain on the windows in there.  I really think it will look beautiful.

We have been going back and forth about what to do with the kitchen.  It's an open concept, so it has to go with the living area, but what to do?  The current home owners just installed a beautiful dark slate, almost black, counter tops and stainless silver sink.  It instantly made the kitchen modern (we saw it before and after.  Some people like cannery yellow counters, I am not a fan).  So we've decided to to bring the sand color into the kitchen as well.

I would love to put in a slate floor to really bring out the subtle colors in the counter top, but also go with the sand walls.  I like this slate.  It's not as dark as the counter tops, but it compliments them nicely.  I think it will also compliment the sand colored walls as well.  So this is probably what we will be looking for when we go floor shopping.  Something to bring everything together.

Now my next dilemma is the back splash.  I would love, love, love to go with a glass tile.  I love glass tile.  They are so beautiful and add that little touch of class to a kitchen.  There are so many choices to pick from, and that seems to be my problem.  I want something that has the natural pallet in it, but is not to busy. 

   The first one that caught my eye was this combo slate and glass tile.  It matches the counter tops really well, but I'm worried this will start to make the kitchen seem really dark and I'm not sure how well it will work with the sand colored paint.  But I love how beautiful it is and I love how it combines both the glass and slate tile.  And because the colors are similar, it's not super busy.  They have it also in a 1x1 square pattern, but I think I love this style better.

Then I thought maybe I should leave the whole slate color behind and go more natural and brown to match the walls better.  Like maybe this one.  I think it would go with the wall color well and also pick up the colors of the wood cabinets.  But will it go with a dark counter top?  I'm not sure.  Is it too brown or is it okay?

So maybe this one.  It's slate and glass again, but the lighter slate with a more brown glass.  I like this one a lot as well.  It will definitely compliment the floor and the brown walls and I think it will look nice against the counter tops.  And I think the brown in the glass will pick up warm tones of cabinets.  It also is brighter, so no dark dungeon of a kitchen.

Picking a tile back splash is a lot more difficult then I thought it would be.  There are so many options out there.  I foresee us getting a lot of samples before we make the decision.  But I will be so excited when it's done.  We will have a kitchen that is beautiful and just what we want, not the cheap crappy kitchens we've had before in our rentals.  And who knows, maybe I'll go completely different and go with a bright green glass like this one.        
After we decide on a tile it will be the light fixtures and cabinet hardware. So many decisions, so much fun. I can't wait to be able to actually get my hands dirty and start working.


Brenda said...

You've really done a lot of planning already! That's great! I like the third set of tiles for the back splash. I'm glad you're enjoying this process.

Three Fates said...

I think I'm leaning towards the third set as well. Now if I can only convince J that the price is worth it ;-)