|Sturdy Faucet (can be found here)|
|Mesmerizing granite pattern. I'm in love with the shapes and the different shades.|
|Choosing knobs and handles from the Richelieu collection (found here)|
The kitchen is to us the most important room in our house. We want it to be the gathering point for our family and friends. Happy stomach, happy life? No, there's no such saying but looks ARE important. Every little detail sets a mood and reflects our personalities.
In an ideal world I'd die for a space designed by Sarah Richardson or something out of Lynda Reeve's House & Home magazine. However, since we're taking on this massive project on our own, we have no choice but to research, be attentive and PLAN!
So far what I've learned:
If there are fifty shades of grey, there must be at least a hundred shades of white. Every white will have a pigmentation of a different hue (yellow, grey, red etc.) and its intensity will increase depending on your lighting, flooring and counters. Keep in mind that your wall color is also an important factor as your cabinets could clash with the walls of adjacent rooms.
A good test is to take a sample of color and place a white sheet of paper with a small hole over the sample. You will really see the contrast in whites.
Also, decide on the materials used for your cabinets. I've been advised that white adheres better on MDF, however it can be a difficult decision to let go of the wooden cabinet dream especially since MDF cabinets are not that cheaper!
All white everywhere? As aesthetically appealing as it may sound, an all-white kitchen may not cater your needs. You will have to be more careful with stains and any imperfection will show. After much debate, we are still debating between a super white or a moon light granite.
Research the material you will use. Remember that some materials may be more porous than others (marble or wood) and require regular maintenance.
Knobs and handles:
They are the most (relatively) inexpensive way to dress up a kitchen and give it some spunk. Think outside your local hardware store. The internet is a huge source of inspiration and shipping can be inexpensive too (make sure to read thoroughly through shipping and duty fees).
Bigger is not always better. Remember to leave a good amount of space to walk around and to open doors and appliances. Since our kitchen is in a "U" shape, we have 36 inches on each side and 39 inches from the island to our range.
Appliances and other hardware:
Shop around, look for sales but stick with quality! Never compromise. These are long term investments so you need to compare and do research. When shopping for bigger items, try to negotiate and throw in a freebie (or a discounted item). For example, ask if your countertop merchant would be interested to sell you a sink or a faucet for a discounted price.
Any valuable lessons you've learned or want to share?
I'm looking forward to the next steps and to see how each individual pick will look in the end. Wish us luck!
Have a lovely week, xo