Kitchen Renovation Planning

I’m diving right into the remodel planning by creating mood boards reflective of the design of our future kitchen. Renovating a kitchen has been a long time dream of mine, but it also sets the tone for the rest of the house. Most people would agree that the kitchen is the heart of the home and given we are tasked with selecting everything from cabinet color to finishes, it’s really the most complicated room to execute. The great debate in our household has been whether or not to select a darker cabinet color or to opt for classic white. While I love the look of a classic white kitchen, I can’t help but recall all the spaghetti and grease splatter I had to constantly wipe off the stark white cabinets we had in Minneapolis. I’m also planning on painting the majority of our interior walls with Benjamin Moore’s, Simply White, much to Chris’s hesitation. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my favorite color is WHITE. In an effort to infuse some color and depth into the house, we are leaning towards a moodier kitchen as a trade-off. The counters and hood range will remain white, and we opted for zero upper cabinetry to make it feel airy and less dark. I’d love to find a sustainable manmade stone that mimics the beauty of marble to create some visual interest as well. I’m also walking a fine line with my family to create a space that both reflects the era of the house but isn’t cold, so we’ll be using shaker cabinetry and some other traditional touches to make it warm and inviting.

I love the look of both dark blue and green tones but I have to say the green kitchen inspiration photos I have been seeing lately are making my heart sing. Sherwin Williams, “Pewter Green” is the front-runner as of now and I love how the chameleon color can have hints of blue and grey depending on the light. It’s dark enough to cover life with kids, but also feels elevated and current. Below are some green kitchens that have had me swooning as of late.

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Below is a visual depiction of where our my head’s at now with the new kitchen. Green cabinetry, white marble look-alike stone counters, chrome finishes (only because my husband is brass averse) and a touch of warmth with textiles and art. I’ve opted for sconces on either side of the hood range over dramatic island pendants for now, gasp. We will need to let our kitchen cabinet maker know our decision on paint color in the next few weeks (no pressure!), but I’m feeling good about where we’ve landed. I don’t foresee it departing from the mood board below too drastically, but would love to know your thoughts. Are you pro darker cabinetry or should we just go for it with the white? Desperate minds want to know.

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  • Reply Elizabeth McCalmant

    Great post and super excited to see the transition as you progress. Very much for you going with the dark cabinetry. With the white counters & hood range being huge the dark cabinets (love the green in first picture best) is a great contrast without overpowering everything. Really excited to see these cabinets!!!

    May 21, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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