The Design: Kitchen
My favorite room of any house? The kitchen. Hands down. Most of my childhood memories revolve around a kitchen and the majority of my waking hours all these years later (when I'm not at work) are still spent in one. Plus, you can't deny the fact that friends and family gravitate toward the kitchen. It's the heart of the home! When Tyler and I began dreaming up our own home, an open floor plan centered around a spacious kitchen was one of the very first items we agreed upon.
As for the design, integrating the kitchen with the living and dining was paramount. We wanted a space that flowed and didn't feel segmented. To help create the feeling, we opted to forgo upper cabinets. Removing the cabinets kept the space feeling light and airy. I also like to keep my counters free of clutter, so although we were losing some valuable wall space, I ensured storage below the countertops was optimized. I'm a big believer in drawers over doors, and I really think we have maximized our storage.
I'm sure you're surprised, but we stuck with another neutral palette inside of the home. :) Much like the exterior design I shared last week, you will find a lot of white accented with black and wood. I like to keep things timeless yet pull in some unexpected details. Plus, when you keep the key items neutral, it's a heck of a lot easier to change decor elsewhere to update the look down the road.
The mix of modern and farmhouse is a continual theme through-out the house, and the kitchen is no exception. I've always been a big fan of subway tile for its clean lines and inexpensive price tag, and the functionality of tile in the kitchen is paramount when you cook (and make a mess) as much as I do.
Along with subway tile, I have always pictured white cabinets in my kitchen. I like things to be neat and clean, and white always feels fresh. I decided to mix and match the design by choosing traditional shaker-style cabinets but adding sleek matte black hardware to bring in the modern touch. The combination results in a timeless design with some serious style - exactly what I like.
To finish off the design, we'll be adding some natural wood touches along with some black lighting accents. Combine that with the quartz countertops that should stand the test of time, and you can bet I'm excited to start cooking in my dream space!