While my thoughts are still firmly planted in the kitchen, it is time to take the plunge and decide on some kitchen colours. I’ve been doing some heavy Pinterest trawling lately and I’ve saved a lot of pictures, but surprisingly, selecting my Top 5 pictures for kitchen inspiration was easy. The Nice Wolf kiboshed one of them, so we are down to four:
My absolute favourite, though probably not quite in the style of “Modern Australian with some earthiness.” Silver, white and wood, with the tiniest bit of black. By Sophie Burke Design.
A daring addition of black on the wall oven stack. I wonder if I could pull it off. Picture from Fancy! Design Blog.
This looks like the kitchen of a cook. Homely. Picture from Home Adore.
Ignore the style, I love the colours. Designed by ML Interiors.
So it’s blatantly clear the colours scheme I like. White and grey, with wood and stainless steel. A touch of black and a splash of live greenery. Should be easy, right?
Here is the display home kitchen looking a little too, well, display-homey for me:
We added a freestanding 900mm oven instead of one of the wall ovens and modified the kitchen island design so now our kitchen layout is like this:
Our kitchen layout, the scullery to the left keeps the fridge and microwave out of sight.
Playing on my laptop for a few hours, I came up with this:
Almost looks like a kitchen…. It needs a splash of colour, my favourite blue salad bowl or some olive leaves in a vase.
This kitchen plan is based on:
- NSW blackbutt timber floors
- Calacatta Classic Caesarstone bench tops (I may have to reselect later due to $$)
- Polar White Laminex cabinets
- Grey glass tiles
- Walnut tractor stools.
As usual there are a few dilemmas you could help me with:
1. The wall oven stack. The original stack design incorporates a border (see display kitchen photo), so there is an opportunity to make it two-toned. I don’t think a wood-look border would work since it sits on a timber floor and matching the two could get ugly. I tried a grey border, but again matching a grey laminate with 2 other greys (splashback tiles and bench top) didn’t look right. Should I try a brushed silver look? Husband has said “no” to black. Maybe I should ditch the two-tones and keep the whole stack white. Help!
A grey border on the oven stack could look like this. Picture from Designed for life.
2. After my previous post, I narrowed down my splash back options to stone-look tiles or a decorative tile. However, when I put the stone-look tiles on the mood board they seemed to clash with my favourite Caesarstone benchtop colour and the decorative tile that I fell in love with was too dark. While I am drawn to glass tiles I was worried that they would not suit the style of the rest of the house, but I am surprised that they looked the best on my mood board. And so the indecision goes on… probably only to be resolved when I can get my hands on all the samples.
3. To pendant, or not to pendant. I like the touch of black from the pendants. I think it balances the black of the wall oven. The Nice Wolf is not keen. I tried some other options, glass, shiny nickel, dark grey and vintage silver but they may as well not have been there at all. Aside from the colour issue, there is the question of height. There is a bulkhead in our kitchen at 28 courses. This means that the kitchen ceiling height is relatively low, at about 2.41 metres. (The kitchen shares open space with the dining room, 31 courses, and the living room, 63 courses.) Should I ditch the pendants, stick with downlights for the kitchen and add a little bit of black elsewhere, such as dining room pendant?