Disclosure- I have been compensated by Arcadian Lighting to write this post. As always, the thoughts expressed are my own.
Happy Friday! I’ve been dreaming of renovating my kitchen for a long time and it definitely shows by the number of photos I have in my Kitchens to Covet board on Pinterest. I love how a story starts to come together on the boards as linking elements emerge. I always encourage my clients to gather pictures of rooms they love. Quite often they can’t pinpoint exactly what it is that draws them to a particular photo, but as several come together, there are often similarities that shine through. For instance, in a recent bathroom renovation I was involved in, the homeowners’ love of clean lines, white subway tile, and soft blue-grey paint was apparent in almost all of the photos they pulled as inspiration. This gave us a clear jumping off point.
If I take a step back and look at the photos of kitchens I’ve bookmarked, pinned, and torn from magazines, there is a definite pattern. To start with I love a large island with beautiful kitchen lighting hanging over top. In particular I’m drawn to oversized pendant fixtures.
The second thread in kitchens I adore is open shelving with a marble or subway tile backsplash. I imagine my kitchen with loads of white dishes, glassware and pops of seaglass accessories. I envision how beautiful it will sparkle with ceiling lighting washing down from above.
One of my favorite examples is this beautiful kitchen spotted on Better Homes & Gardens with colorful accessories on the shelves.
Another element that always catches my attention in kitchen design is glass cabinet doors with inside mounted lighting fixtures. I love the ambience it gives at night, especially during our long Canadian winters.
Finally, the last must-have in my kitchen design is painted cabinets. This will be one of the biggest decisions I make because I’m torn between white and grey. I also love a light blue-green, but I think I’ll save that for the walls.
This Windsor Smith kitchen with medium grey cabinets and open shelving is stunning!
And I’m smitten with this one too…
And, of course, you can never go wrong with a classic white kitchen.
Do you have a certain “it” list for your dream kitchen? Do we share a love for any of the same elements? I’d love to know what your kitchen must-haves are!
Enjoy your weekend!