I was hoping to share with you today a completed Gallery wall but alas, we don’t have one yet. I have really struggled to get hold of frames that are not rectangular and I want some odd-shaped frames to add a bit of interest so I’m holding off until we are all well enough to travel further afield to find some. (Please let that be this weekend!) Then it will just be the small task of choosing pictures to go in the frames and actually hanging them on the wall! That’s a five-minute job right?!
So, since I have spent a fair amount of time this week researching kitchens, I thought I would share with you what we are looking for in our new kitchen.
I shared our current kitchen in this post and mentioned that it came with the house and whilst we didn’t love it, we certainly didn’t hate it. In our last house, we installed a new kitchen and we learned some things from that experience. (Like…. if you live in a smallish house, a new kitchen in boxes will take up the entire rest of your ground floor and you won’t be able to move for weeks….and….microwaving food in the bedroom isn’t that much ‘fun’.)
I’m trying not to think about how we will manage in this house during the building work (which will affect almost all of the ground floor!) but I know I will have to face it soon!
In the meantime, I’m only thinking about the exciting, shiny stuff! I have become an obsessive kitchen-stalker on pinterest, in magazines and on the websites of every kitchen supplier in the UK. I am the sort of person who knows exactly what they are looking for which often makes finding it more difficult. If you are open-minded, I imagine the process would be easier. I know I am going to have to make compromises but I’m really hoping we can get something close to the vision I have in my head.
So, here’s a run-down of what we’re after.
Units:I’m looking for cream or white units and I want a more classic, shaker-style door, probably with silver or black handles. My ideal scenario is solid wood doors like these
but I think it’s highly likely that our budget won’t stretch. We will have to see. I’m particularly fond of the look of upper cabinets with glazed panelsI’m also considering adding some grey doors into the mix, possibly just on the island units but am concerned that they may date. We’ll have to see how brave we are feeling!
As a lower-budget alternative to solid wood, I am most drawn to the IKEA Metod/Bodbyn or Metod/Laxarby kitchen I met in person a few months ago. My daughter and I took a trip to IKEA to check out the kitchens and we were both lured in by the amazing storage options. IKEA just can’t be beaten when it comes to hidden storage. I took some quick (very poor quality pictures) on my phone to share with the hubby:
I love the look of dark granite worktops with the light units but again, we may be restricted by budget. Corian also looks like an attractive option and I have always loved the butchers block solid wood surfaces though having had them in our last home, I’m not sure about the maintenance involved in keeping them looking good. At the moment, I’m wondering if a mix of granite (or granite wrap-arounds) and wood might be the answer. Possibly one on the island and the other on the surrounding work surfaces. I think we need to do some more research about the pro’s and con’s.
At present, our kitchen has dark grey tiles and our breakfast room has medium oak coloured laminate. I have loved how practical the dark coloured tiles are – they don’t show up the dirt, or, more importantly, the dog hair! But, I hate how cold they are underfoot in the mornings. We have thought about under-floor heating but the problem with having a husband that works in the construction industry is that he gets to see all the good and the bad and he has encountered so many people who’ve had problems with their under-floor heating that he’s reluctant to make the investment only to find that it causes us a headache. The laminate is warmer underfoot and it is practical but all I can ever see when I look at it is dog hair blowing around like tumbleweed! I’m wondering if the answer to our problem is a darker coloured laminate which would hide the dirt as well as the dog hair!
We’ve never done dark floors before but I love the look and it would be so practical with our chocolate coloured pup! [source]
I also happen to love the look of it. Light units and dark floors are my idea of perfection!
In my mind, I’m thinking recessed ceiling lights along with some task lighting as well as two or three statement pendants over the island.I love the look of the industrial pendants that are fashionable now and I have found some great options all of which I love.
Hubby is the chef in our house and he has his heart very definitely set on a range cooker. I have reservations but I don’t really have a leg to stand on when it comes to objecting. Plus, they look nice!!
We currently have a side-by-side American style fridge freezer which we will probably incorporate into the new kitchen. If it came to replacing it, I would probably go with something similar as it works well for us.
I can’t imagine having much money left for a new dining set-up so again, we will probably stick with what we have. I am determined to get the rest of our chairs painted so we at least have something to sit on that doesn’t have dog-chewed corners which scratch your legs!
I am keeping an open mind about this. I think it’s a huge decision. I would love to think that I had the courage to go for something bold but I have a feeling we may end up playing it safe!! In the meantime, let’s all enjoy how gorgeous these tiles are:I should probably stop there as this post has already taken me waaaaaay to long to write due to the fact that I have been hopelessly distracted by gorgeous kitchens. I won’t be able to sleep tonight now for thinking about them! Must reign in the enthusiasm!!
I would love to hear your opinions on the options in the comments. Is anyone else out there planning a big kitchen update? I would love to hear about it. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter. For those who’ve been asking, I’m planning to launch a ‘Home Heart Harmony’ Instagram page any day now so watch this space! Until next time…..xoxo!
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