It sounds sort of cliche to call the kitchen the heart of the home, but it really is true for us. It seems to become our natural gathering spot for everyday and for entertaining.
And that’s why I’m so excited about the kitchen in our new house. We will finally have a space that is open to our other living areas – and I’m looking forward to being part of the action!
And because this house is going to be “it” for a long time (God willing), I have had kitchens on the mind. I just can’t stop pinning and talking and dreaming.
So here I am, writing about it
to give my husband a break from all the kitchen talk.
A lot of the main details are similar to our last kitchen, but I think it feels cozier and more like a farmhouse.
Overall, I want the kitchen to be really bright – lots of white (cabinets, tile, beadboard) with pops of wood tones (floor, hood), black (hardware, lights, faucet) and red (accents). I’m also thinking about bringing in some slate gray and aqua for walls and maybe the island.
Cabinets – I really loved our white Shaker-style cabinets in the last house. I love that the white is light and bright and clean. I love the simple style of the doors. It was a good fit for our family and our style. And I still have high hopes that it will stay classic for many years.
We are planning an inset door style this time around, with vintage black hardware. And I’m thinking I’ll paint the island slate gray or navy. Still deciding.
For hardware, we’re going with black cabinet latches (LOVE) and pulls.
Countertops – they are a neutral color granite that was removed from my in-laws’ kitchen a few years ago. Oddly enough, the size of the island is right on and we’ll only need a few cuts made to make it work. Not only will this be a huge cost savings, it’s a much more high-end product than what we would have splurged for. The snapshot isn’t perfect of the counters, but you get the idea. It has a lot of tans, browns, and greys in it so it should work well.
Sink – we decided to go with the stainless Kohler Vault shortened apron front sink. I did tons of searching and liked the depth, style and simplicity of this sink. It is really designed to be slid in (which would be great for a remodel with existing cabinetry). I liked that the sink goes to the back of the countertops (while most apron-front sinks have a slice of countertop behind the sink where the faucet is mounted).
For the faucet, I actually decided to go with the same faucet we had in our last kitchen – the Kohler K-596-BL.
Appliances – I’m waffling on appliances. I really don’t like our stainless appliances right now – I find they are much harder to keep clean. But I do like the look overall. So, I’ve been considering slate, stainless or black.
Floors – We are planning to use wide-plank reclaimed barn boards as floors throughout the main floor. If it works after planing and sanding, we’ll probably just finish with tung oil and let them stay a natural color.
Walls – I’m hoping to combine a little subway tile and a little bead board on walls for some variety. All of our ceilings will be planked.
The interesting thing is that the basic pieces are really similar to the last house but I think it will feel really different, too.
Lights – We will have recessed lighting throughout the main floor, and will include these great pendants from Lowes above the island.
Much of our inspiration is similar to what we loved for our last kitchen.
But I think the execution will be very different. It’s interesting how I am still attracted to the same basic styles (many of these pins were from 5 years ago), but have some key design differences.
The three photos on the left share the overall feel I’m going for – bright and light with a pop of color and warmth. I think they all feel like a farmhouse. (Photos via Country Living, Midwest Living and Apartment Therapy)
On the right side, there are some details I love.
- We don’t have many uppers in our kitchen, so I’d like any that are to feel built-in and run to the ceiling, like the fridge surround by Spicy Perspective.
- The range hood by The Lily Pad Cottage is the perfect pop of warmth.
- We’re planning to install built-in pet/baby gate that pulls out from behind cabinetry, like this example from Neals.
- This built-in hutch from BH&G is our inspiration for the hutch in our kitchen. I love the trim details and the glass doors. (Our kitchen will be directly adjacent to a dining room, which doesn’t have space for a real hutch.)
I think it’s pretty common to get a few different ideas for kitchen designs. When we were beginning our planning, that’s just what we did. I worked with local and online kitchen sources.
I think we’ve pretty much settled on this one. (The large bright hole is our patio door.)
We chose to double the size of our kitchen window when we ordered, which gives us a great view out of the kitchen. It also means we won’t be doing many uppers, which is no big deal to me. Windows over cabinets. All the way.
On the other side of the kitchen, we are installing a built-in hutch/pantry area. This will also house our microwave. They are a narrower depth than traditional cabinets but will provide tons of storage and display space.
And the island (which will not have a seating area, despite the mockup), will provide a lot more great storage, a trash-pullout and counter space.
Here’s a quick view from above. (And directly to the right of this mockup is a huge pantry closet which will give us a lot more space for food storage.)
After getting some quotes and designs from traditional sources, our friends Dave and Pam offered to build our cabinets. Dave is a very talented woodworker and cabinetmaker and we feel way more than lucky to have this chance to work with him. (I shared a little peek into their own beautiful kitchen on Instagram.)
I also think Ryan will learn a lot from him in the process, which I hope means that we’ll have more custom woodworking in our house in the future. (Don’t tell Ryan.)
And what’s even more awesome for us is that we have a chance to do more upscale and custom looks than what we can do from made-to-order cabinetry in our budget – things like inset doors and drawers, soft-close, 9-foot ceiling height built-ins and custom storage options. Plus that pull-out pet gate. I. AM. REALLY. STOKED.
Dave doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into. Yet.
What do you think of our design and inspiration?
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