Monday, February 27, 2012

Kitchen Planning

Hi Everyone!  Today was a clear, cold day and I had a gorgeous view of the Olympic Mountains - rivaling the view we had of the Alps we had in Munich - and that's saying something!  Seattle gets better and better every day, and I am thrilled to call it home now. 

I am still heavily distracted by our home buying process (today was inspection #1 but more to come...with small moments of panic on a daily basis) but I am definitely missing blogging and all of you so I thought I'd check in.  :)  One thing that is on my mind is the kitchen in our (hopefully) future home.  To give it some punch I am thinking of two colors on the cabinets, like these beautiful inspirations:

What do you think of this look?
And, because we don't know if we'll be in this house forever, how do you think it would resonate with others that aren't as design-obsessed as all of us who read design blogs?  :)
I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Sharon (Roses and Rust) said...

Love this idea and think it definitely has general appeal as well. Best of luck with the house hunting! x Sharon

The enchanted home said...

I think you might know what I think of this look since i did it in my own kitchen:) I LOVE it!! A classic timeless combination!
Nice to hear from you..missed you. Look forward to hearing all about whats new and exciting!

I Dream Of said...

Wasn't it lovely yesterday? Cold, but the sun was so welcome. Glad you are thrilled to call Seattle home. I like the duo-toned cabinets -- ours are all white, but I would consider doing something like this if I was starting over. Hope the home-buying matter is settled soon!

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Love this look and replicated it in my own kitchen. I haven't regretted it for a single moment.
So happy to hear that you love Seattle, Barbara!

Splendid Sass said...

Wow, you chose some beauties! I especially love the first kitchen.
Have a nice Tuesday, Barbara.

Leslie said...

Glad you are settling in and I hope the transition to your new home goes smoothly. I think your idea of using two colors is a good one. You can't go wrong with this elegant, timeless look.


Victoria said...

This is exactly the look I have in my newly renovated kitchen and I love it. The island is a matte finish distressed cherry and the perimeter cabinets are a creamy white with a gray strie glaze. The counter tops and backsplash are calacatta oro. I think it is a classic look that will hold up over time. I wish you luck in finding the house you and your family will love.
All the best...Victoria

Karen said...

I love white kitchens and suspect, since I see so many posted on the blogs I read, that lots of folks feel the same. Glad you're close to getting to place to call home.

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Fabulous...and in the end, you just have to do what you love because NOTHING laGood luck. XO, Mona

Taylor Greenwalt said...

I love all of these ideas. Hope your doing well and settling into your new city.

Thoughts on Design said...

You pose an interesting and challenging question - especially with the cavity of it not being The One long term. White is always classic, as is black. The challenge Sally and I face as designers is how to warm up a scheme with these colors. Look for the answer in the tones of the paints. use more than one white. We will often use three to four tones of white in a kitchen, taking advantage of the profiles of trim, light and shadow to help bring out the character of the cabinets. Use antique light fixtures over the island as a way of bringing charm and "age" to a new kitchen. Express the island's primary function in its design. is it a place to sit? Or is it a place to work. Let the primary function drive the design. Otherwise, it will appear confused visually - detracting for the overall feel of the kitchen.

Hope these thought are helpful to you as you continue your search.


The Buzz Blog said...

That bottom kitchen really speaks to me as we're in the process of redesigning ours and will be adding rough hewn beams... One doesn't have to be design obsessed to see the beauty in these spaces. Miss your posts and inspiration!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

I love the idea of the island having a different countertop color or perhaps the cabinets being different so it is like a piece of furniture. The dark-walled picture is interesting!

The Vintique Object said...

Barbara! Where do you find these pictures. I've never seen half of them. So, I agree with what everyone else said. Classic. Plus, a pretty kitchen/well decorated kitchen looks good to anyone, whether they have an eye for it or not.
Good luck with the house hunting. Thinking of you!

George J. McGuire said...

Nice decoration,Good combination. It seems to be everything on each is peaceful.I wonder If my life is a beauityfull as this.
George J. McGuire
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