Beyond the budget, decide early on who makes the final design decisions. You? Spouse? Both? If all decisions are supposed to be made jointly, I can give you the name of a good divorce lawyer. Ok, ok, some couples can handle it, I know. But it’s not easy. Make sure you have the same vision. In my experience, that never happens, well almost never, my brother and sister-in-law being the exception perhaps. I think Chaughan’s vision would have started and ended with a trip to Ikea’s as-is section. Not that I’m passing judgment on such a frugal way of doing things… Perfect for an itty bitty room, or for a single piece of furniture. But an entire kitchen? Not gonna happen on my watch.
- all white kitchens that featured pops of colour (blue of course! or maybe yellow! orange is nice too!)
- a vintage look (think 50s Pyrex) with a twist of modern (stainless steel of course!)
- bright, airy and open concept
- kid friendly
- serious entertainment possibilities
With that I mind, you then start googling more strategically: blue kitchen; all white kitchen; open concept kitchen; blue and white open concept kitchen. You get the idea.
I amassed a series of to-die-for photos, basically inspirational eye-candy to help me with the “vision”. Here are a few of them:
I just love the globe light fixtures, the white cabinets, and that amazing backsplash.
Look at this amazing blue concrete floor (little spoiler – my finished kitchen has both concrete and blue, but no blue concrete).
This kitchen had me salivating all over that marble backsplash.
So clean, airy and bright!
Look at these backsplashes…
white glossy cabinets
show stopping backsplash
loads of counter space, including an overhang for stools
blue blue and more blue
vintage meet industrial meet modern feel
Join me for the next installment of Kitchen Transformation: Let the Shopping begin!
But before I go, I leave you with a few other pictures that inspired me. Hopefully, they will do the same for you! (I tried to provide a link to most of these images but came up short on a few of them. if you know the link, let me know and I will gladly add it!)
Feel free to comment and let me know if you’re also going through a kitchen renovation, or recently did. We can celebrate! Or commiserate?