Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to start thinking about tackling the elephant in the room. You know, the one we’ve been skirting around for a while because it’s our biggest project to date. Yep, I’m talking about the kitchen.
For the past few months, we’ve been collecting a hefty amount of kitchen catalogs from local stores and online. Greg and I have both marked our favorite features, cabinetry, hardware and so on. At this point, we know what we like, and I thought I would share a bit of our decision-making process with you.
One of the biggest issues we had to tackle was that of our cabinet color. Well, I made it a big issue in my mind, anyway. As you know, I’m dreaming of a white kitchen. However, our house has dark floors and a lot of our furniture has a dark, espresso finish. So to help me make up my mind, I decided to search online for photos of white kitchens with dark flooring.
After a bunch of Googling, I found this photo from the 2010 IKEA Kitchen catalog:
It’s a little cluttered for our taste. (We’re not minimalists, but we do love to have a place for each and every item.) However, on the whole, Greg and I love the flow and “feel” of this kitchen. It’s modern yet rustic with a touch of traditional and a dash of vintage farmhouse chic. Of course it has my beloved white cabinets, and the dark countertops tie in with the dark flooring. There’s even a glimpse of dark furniture pictured in the back of the room.
Some of you might be thinking… “IKEA? Don’t you have to put all of those cabinets together yourself?” Why yes, yes we do. But that’s what makes IKEA cabinets so affordable. We’re not sure what the total cost will be yet, but looking through the catalog, we’re pretty certain it’s going to be a lot less than a kitchen purchased from one of the mega hardware stores or a specialty cabinetry store. For us, the price justifies the tedious installation in the long run.
Appealing as it is, the lower cost isn’t the only factor in our decision. What really makes us excited about possibly going the IKEA route is the combination of price and customization:
Customizing our own cabinets, drawers and storage options to our specific needs/wants will make using the kitchen very convenient and enjoyable. And the cost of doing that sort of customization, as compared to custom-made cabinets, is much, much lower.
The next step in deciding if want to go the IKEA route will be taking a day trip to our nearest IKEA (which happens to be about an hour and a half away from here) to take a closer look at them.
Do any of you have IKEA cabinets? Love or hate? If you could change up your current kitchen and customize something to make life easier, what would you do?