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Kitchen Inspiration

One of the main focal points of our new house, as is most houses, is our kitchen! Our kitchen opens up to a large room that will house both our dining room and living room areas. We have spent a good deal of time thinking through the aspects of this key area and today I wanted to share with you a few decisions we’ve made thus far. I also wanted to share some of my favorite kitchens that have served as inspiration for our decisions.

First, let’s take a look at some of my favorite kitchens from around the web. There are so many more where this came from, aka the “kitchen” board on my Pinterest account, but for now here are 15 kitchens that give me all the feels.

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marble, white and wood kitchen

Does anyone know the source of this? The Pinterest link takes you to a wrong page.

grey kitchen

black and marble kitchen

Same here! Pinterest is failing me.

grey and black kitchen

marble kitchen

black and marble kitchen

marble and black kitchen

If you can’t tell from the photos above I am really loving neutrals, mixed metals, and marble accents with timbers. I love a kitchen that feels glamorous but cozy, that is full of warm textures and clean lines and that is the perfect mixture of rustic and refined. Taking that into account I know that we want timber beams in the ceiling and a marble tile backsplash. I love the thought of the cabinets complimenting the marble instead of contrasting so right now I’m leaning towards a cream cabinet against our white walls.

Our appliances will be stainless and the hood of our stove will match the cabinets with a timber accent. To bring in some dark colors I’m loving these pendants and I’m almost convinced I’ll be painting our island dark. I like the idea of grounding the room with some rich color and I won’t stress as much about my kids kicking it. For the counters I keep going back and forth between all white and black on the back cabinets with a white solid surface on the island. I think I will solidify that when I go look at slab in the coming weeks.

In talking about mixed metals the lights I want are dark bronze and brass and I will bring in those two colors throughout the room. Over the kitchen sink I will probably use these pendants in the dark bronze color and then for the faucets I’m thinking polished nickel. Polished nickel looks professional but is warmer than a chrome. Once I nail down my solid surfaces I’ll get started on hardware. Maybe aged brass pulls or dark bronze knobs.

Maybe that’s an unconventional approach but it’s how I’m tackling things. Don’t worry though! I’ll email everything I’m thinking to my friend Kelly Ford of Ford Studio Design who will tell me if I’m making major mistakes or not. I hired her to consult for me on the kitchen and it has helped me feel the freedom to make the choices I want knowing that a professional will be giving me her opinion and making sure I don’t do any major damage.

What do you think? Anybody have a beautiful cabinet color they love? What do you want to know about next Tuesday? Paint colors? Bathroom Inspiration? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Jen says:

    I love your kitchen inspiration! Can’t wait to see the final product. I vote bathroom inspiration next week! We are redoing our bathroom and I just can’t make up my mind on what I want.

  2. Judy Clark says:

    I love all of your inspiration photos. I will tell you that I inherited black counter tops in my kitchen when I moved into our current home. I cannot wait to get rid of them. I am constantly wiping them down. Way too much work for me.

    I cannot wait to see your home. I know that its going to be beautiful.

  3. Dora Thomsan says:

    Lovely pics of the kitchen but I think it is very expensive so if you have any affordable ideas for a kitchen renovation then plz share with us.