We did it! Since last week’s post, Greg and I hunkered down and made some real, bona-fide decisions about the kitchen. Boy, does it feel good! The next natural step in this process is to measure the existing space and come up with a detailed functional layout (shelved cabinets vs. drawers, etc). Before we get to that though, we decided to put together a mood board complete with some of the details and features we would like to see in our kitchen. Having this mood board on hand when making decisions during what we’ve heard to be the looooong process of laying out a kitchen will help us keep focused on the “big picture” and not get overwhelmed with the little things. Being overwhelmed just takes all of the fun out of projects, and we like fun.
1. IKEA’s Adel Kitchen Cabinets. We’ve been toying with the idea for a few months, but we’ve officially decided to go with IKEA cabinets. A few weekends ago, we made a trip to the nearest IKEA (which is about an hour and a half away) and were blown away with not only the quality, but the endless customizable details. In making our decision, we also took into account everything you guys have been telling us about IKEA’s cabinets. (Remember Emily’s IKEA kitchen renovation? That was awesome!). Once we looked over all of IKEA’s options, we finally decided on the off-white Adel model.
2. Carrara Marble Subway Tile. We have always loved the classic look of subway tile. After reexamining our collection of kitchen inspiration photos, we noticed most of them had marble subway tile rather than ceramic. Carrara marble has the stigma of being super expensive. However, after doing some research, we found that you can purchase Carrara marble subway tile at a very affordable price — especially for a cozy-sized kitchen like ours. This will be a great way to bring in a luxurious material without breaking the bank. Not to mention we are super excited about getting our hands dirty and tiling our own backsplash.
3. Oil Rubbed Bronze Hardware. Though these particular hardware pieces are a little on the pricey side (as far as hardware goes), we are going with these based on the idea that upgraded hardware will give the otherwise affordable cabinets a more substantial and “expensive” look. We’re trying to “class it up a bit,” if you will. Also, the fixtures will tie in with the doorknobs throughout the house.
4. Monochromatic Color Scheme. The adjoining living room is painted a nice, medium gray (Martha Stewart’s Cobblestone). This will be a really nice contrast with the off-white cabinetry. Though we haven’t made a final decision on the countertop material, we are leaning toward using something dark in order to “ground” the space. (Something in the black/brown family would be nice.) Overall, we are keeping things pretty monochromatic, so some of you are probably thinking, “Where’s the color?”. Well, the cool thing about having a monochromatic kitchen is that you can accessorize it with color through dishtowels, flowers, a bowl of fruit, etc. What’s even cooler is the fact that you can change it out seasonally or whenever you are in the mood for something different.
5. Reflective Accessories. Utilizing reflective accessories (like these glass jars from Crate & Barrel) will help bounce some light around the room and bring a little extra bling to the kitchen.
6. Open Shelving. In our opinion, if you are looking for an airy vibe in a kitchen, open shelving is a must. I can’t wait to unpack our collection of white serving dishes and display them. It will feel like Christmas morning.
7. Stainless Steel Appliances. With our choice of cabinetry, black appliances would stick out like a sore thumb, and white would get completely lost. And who doesn’t love stainless steel appliances?
8. Window Treatments. We have been searching for a place to use this fabric from Dwell Studio for a while, and we think the kitchen will be perfect. The dark gray tone in the fabric will pull out the darker veins in the Carrara marble backsplash. It will also tie in to the adjoining room’s wall color.
I love the feeling of being armed with a plan. All (okay, almost all… we are human, after all) of the second guessing and doubts go out the window when you’re armed with a well-thought-out plan. It’s a truly great feeling to get this ball rolling… faster.