My wife and I recently completed the renovation of our first home and are in the process of decorating and learning how having a house is completely different from renting. Aside for two poorly updated bathrooms, the entire house was original to the 1950s. The kitchen was a cramped, dark space that was cut off from the rest of the house and had a mudroom that took up way too much valuable square footage. Here’s what our kitchen looked like before:
My wife and I knew exactly what we had in mind for our dream kitchen… all those hours on Pinterest pays off kids! We wanted something light, bright, and something that would stand the test of time. We decided to go with white cabinets that had a little more detail than your average shaker style cabinet but not too much so that they would look outdated a year after we finished.
The rest of the house had original hardwood floor so we ripped out the brown linoleum that was there and carried the hardwoods into the kitchen. we took the wall out between the entry and the kitchen so that we could get this amazing breakfast bar and open up the space to the rest of the living area.
We went with a bay-style window behind the sink which paid off big time. Not only do we get a ton of light streaming through it, but we gained a few extra feet of counter space which allows for some close-at-hand herbs. Those few extra feet behind the sink make the entire room feel larger–it’s crazy the tricks your mind falls for.
We knew we wanted to go with white subway tiles–they are just so classic and bring a charming elegance to any space. Instead of doing a plain white grout or going dramatic with a black grout we opted for somewhere in the middle and it adds a little interest but doesn’t take away from the rest of the kitchen. It’s a decent size kitchen but we didn’t want any one element to overpower the others.
We love the look of spaces that incorporate carrara marble but we wanted something that didn’t require as much maintenance so we opted for this harder, less porous white damasco marble that helped us achieve a similar look and we love the way it turned out. It actually has a lot more depth and variation of colors in it which creates a more interesting space.
The thing that ties the entire kitchen together is the addition of these sleek black cabinet pulls. I love that we went with a more dramatic length and the black is a stark contrast to the rest of the kitchen and pulls out the darker veins in the countertops. Below is one of my favorite details in the kitchen–I love this pantry wall with its different size cabinets and small bank of drawers. And I think our decision to go with pulls on both cabinets and drawers paid off big time. I love the consistent look.