I never thought I would do so many changes to a brand-new kitchen. The bones of the room are great and new. There are maple cabinets, hardwood floors, granite countertops, and stainless appliances. However, the kitchen was builder basic when it came to style. It had absolutely no personality.
Working with the good bones, I wanted to inject some life into the eat-in kitchen, which is open to the family room. Together the kitchen and family room are the most lived in spaces in our home. I wanted the kitchen to have it’s own personality, but still flow well with the family room style. I plan to accomplish that by carrying the aqua from our accent color palette throughout both spaces, while injecting a few pops of green in the kitchen for some variety. Overall the color scheme is relatively neutral and serene. I feel like there is already so much going on in the kitchen that you don’t need to use crazy in-your-face colors. With dark floors, dark granite, and mid-tone cabinets, I chose light and airy colors to keep the room from feeling too heavy.
There are a lot of small details to tend to in this kitchen. The backsplash was painted by the builder with flat paint in tan. The knobs and pulls on the cabinets were all oil rubbed bronze, but the finish was scratching off the knobs. The lighting the builder installed was very traditional. We disliked the lights so much, our first home project was replacing the lights over the island with a trio of globe pendants.
Trio of Globe Pendants – West Elm
Harmony Fabric by Diversitex
Triple Wall Frame – Crate & Barrel
Trellis Drum Pendant Light – Shades of Light
Portica Dining Table in Stainless Steel with Frosted Glass – already own from Room & Board outlet
Antilop high chair – Ikea
Madrid Leather chairs – already own similar from Room & Board outlet
Glass Mosaic Tile – Home Depot
Saddle Stool – Bed Bath & Beyond