Recently I’ve been thinking about kitchens…how we use them, and why we seem to be obsessed with them. It’s no secret that whenever anyone entertains, everyone ends up in the kitchen. Is that a reflection of our love affair with kitchens, or with food? Or maybe both?
The kitchen is usually the room that costs the most to build or renovate. One of my first posts talked about kitchen size, and how we can not only save some money when designing a kitchen, but make it more practical at the same time.
When I was pinning kitchens, I came to the realization I don’t have a particular style. I seem to gravitate toward kitchens that aren’t too big, but as for leaning toward contemporary, rustic, traditional, cottage, etc., things aren’t so black and white. I suppose that’s a good thing, because I would be happy with almost any style as long as it complimented the design of the house.
For this week, I thought it would be fun to talk about the kitchens I pinned. What I like, and maybe what I would change, if anything.
I love white anything, so I am totally in love with this kitchen. I love the ceiling, the pendants, the marbel countertop, the mullion ‘windows’ on the cabinets, the neutral backsplash and the tremendous amount of light from the sliders and the window. Not much I would change with this one.
I like how this kitchen uses three different cabinet wood colors, but it flows seamlessly and really works to create a cozy, warm feeling despite this being a rather large kitchen. I love the slate flooring, the use of a piece of furniture near the island, the copper range hood, the beamed ceiling and the choice of light fixture above the island. If I had to change one thing, I might use stone instead of brick behind the stove, and the color of the sink is a bit jarring. Maybe a white but a slightly softer white.
This is perfect for a rustic home, such as a cabin retreat. The turquoise cabinets are a bold choice, but paired with the wood they become easy to live with. And that ceiling is to die for, and the light fixtures are a perfect compliment to the space. I might change the backsplash for something with a bit more punch, and the space feels a little too cluttered for my taste. Oh, and that fish above the door on the left? It’s got to go.
There’s lots of talk lately that stainless steel appliances are on their way out. I can’t say I’m unhappy about that. They’re a bit too cold looking, and they’re not always easy to keep clean. I’m a big fan of appliances that look like this stove and fridge. Something that looks old but isn’t is the best of both worlds. I love the pretty shade of blue and the use of glassware to highlight the chosen color palette. I might want pendants that are a bit larger, but that’s about it.
Now this is one cute kitchen! Are you old enough to remember chairs like these? I love the cheerful color palette, the open shelving, the vintage fridge, the use of sheers on the windows and the flooring. I’m generally not a fan of tiled countertops, although in this case it works nicely.
This kitchen is just about perfect! I love the wall of windows! Who cares if it takes up cabinet space? The blue island is gorgeous, as is the ceiling and the flooring. They had me at polka dot dinnerware.
All I can say is, if you’re going to have a kitchen like this, you better love blue! This is a bold design choice, because so much of the blue is invested in expensive elements such as flooring, countertops and cabinets. I love the lighting choices and the cute designs on the floor, as well as the luxury of having two sinks. Details like the cofferred ceiling and rounded glass cabinetry takes this kitchen to another level.
Grandma, is that you?? While I wouldn’t mind visiting a friend who has this kitchen for some afternoon tea, it’s a bit too busy for my taste. The lovely chandy, the stained glass window, the flooring and the table are all pretty, but they should have stopped there. The wallpaper takes it from a cute cottage style to busy and old fashioned.
Ahhhhh. Now here’s a space I can relax in and would love to call my own. It has such a French feel, doesn’t it? The use of different shades of white brings life and texture into this space. What would I change? I think I would want to see my smiling face sitting at this table. That’s it.
What an awesome ceiling this is! Love the amount of light in this space, and the rustic touches that help bring warmth to what could have easily become a cold kitchen. There’s a great use of wood tones used here, complimenting the white cabinets and stainless appliances. While this kitchen is a bit too large for my taste, it looks quite functional, so if you want to give it to me, I guess I’ll take it.
Which is your favorite? Do you have a specific style you always gravitate toward, or are you like me and anything goes?