Next on the agenda is to make choices regarding all the new finishes. To get started on that process there needs to be a theme. And the components of that theme do have to flow with the rest of the house.
(flicker.com)So even though I like a lot of different looks, I can't choose something that is a total departure from the rest of the rooms on the first floor. In the picture above, the floor really makes the kitchen. However, I have a hardwood floor that is staying. Much as I love the look of tile, my legs prefer standing on wood.
The idea for my new kitchen is in my head, but it's rather like a dream....a little elusive. Because the kitchen is small, I imagine it being an apartment kitchen in a very old building above the streets of Paris. (Love the pink walls and black cabinets...not so much the pink trim on the cabinet doors)
(sarahklassen.com)My dream kitchen has a past combined with some current trendy amenities. I won't be adding exposed plumbing pipes for character, but I am thinking of using some older cabinet doors here and there. Nothing like these cabinet doors, although they do make a statement.
(decoholic.org)Black accents are great to tie in to the other parts of the house and gray definitely will help to carry that off as well. Although white cabinets are timeless, I have white now and I want a change. The farmhouse sink is a consideration. I had a table in my kitchen at one time and I adore the look. But I need the counter height work space of an island and the storage an island provides. (Drat those practicalities)
That said, I have to start somewhere.
Even though it looks pretty cool in this picture, I knew it was not going to please me long term. (Take out one of those stoves and that wall will be closer to the size wall I will have in my kitchen.)
Then finding an appropriate color while keeping an open mind is the next challenge. To walk into a tile store with only medium gray in mind, provides you with one choice if you are lucky. If you are ruling out mosaics, and subway, and anything larger than an 8x8 you are facing disappointment.
Because the flue wall is to be an important focal point, it needs to be just right. Not too attention grabbing, but not boring either. Here the range hood takes care of that, but I'm not having a hood and I'm on the lookout for something to take it's place. (Note: Similar width as mine minus a couple burners on the stove.)
(decoholic.com)I was considering some summer covers but I didn't find anything equal to this beauty.
Right now I must see about a counter top that meets all the criteria and works with the tile I have in mind. Until the various elements start coming together, the whole scheme might end up back at the drawing board.