Kitchen Inspiration on a Sick Day

June 24, 2015

Once I finish our bedroom I'm charging full steam ahead with the kitchen reno. I'm getting so excited to get moving on that -- I'm determined to have it done before the holidays. If you know me you're probably laughing right now (HELLO. Painting the bedroom two years later.) But I really think I can do it. I'm determined to not be quite as much of a sloth this summer. 

So here we go -- some beautiful kitchen photos. Yes, over the years I have fallen hard for the white kitchen. I find them timeless if done well. They can get sterile quick, but I think in general they can still warm and fresh and I LOVE them. 

I love the idea of a clean backdrop to add color with accessories and fabric: 

all white kitchen

Fourteen foot ceilings and massive windows don't hurt either, right? 

I adore a white kitchen against dark wood floors -- I think it's a classic that stands the test of time: 
white kitchen wood floors

Wood accents go a long way to adding some warmth too:
white kitchen wood accents

The natural bamboo shades do the same for this space. 

One of my favorite white kitchens is Nicole's at The House Diaries. I shared a tour of her beautiful home here. I love the white combined with the texture and color of the metals, wood and fabrics:
white galley kitchen

Even though I think all white kitchens are gorgeous, I don't plan on it for our home. I need some color and contrast. 

I don't think I could pull off a yellow island but this photo makes me think I could. Ha!: 
yellow kitchen island
The great part about a neutral kitchen is you can change up something like the island as much as you want and it will transform the room. Although I wouldn't know anything about painting your island 20 times…ahem.

I've always been a sucker for a well done two-toned kitchen. I find them soothing and still clean and crisp: 
gray base cabinets

I haven't decide on countertops or a backsplash yet -- I'm toying with the idea of going bold or doing some color for the tile, but it isn't easy or cheap to replace if you grow tired of it. 

I love the blues and greens of this backsplash tile though: 

blue and green backsplash white kitchen

Isn't that pretty? Color but still subdued. I really love it. I think the backsplash will be the hardest decision of the whole redo. 

Of course adding color on the walls is always an easy way to add some color too:
white kitchen gray walls

When I'm done there won't be that much wall showing in the kitchen, but it's a good option for most if you love white cabinets but don't want it to be too stark. Just be careful -- a lot of contrast can also make the white feel more sterile. 

I'm completely smitten with gray and white lately. Not just lately really -- for years now. It's soothing and yet still gives me that contrast that I crave. I LOVE this space: 

gray and white kitchen

I think this is the most similar to what I'm going for -- I already have the dark gray island. :) I would add more color to the space in the fabrics and accessories though. 

I cannot wait! I can see it all in my head…now I just need to get moving. You can see my progress in this space already by checking out the new window seat and the surround for the fridge. You can also see shots of the whole space about a quarter of the way through the reno here.  

Now I'm off to rest up and so I can hopefully paint some more later. :)

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  1. Love the modern looking kitchens!


  2. Feel better! Browsing beautiful white kitchens is a great way to pass the time though! Since you're resting anyway... Just sayin'...

  3. I am pretty sure I have pinned most of these kitchens already:) they are gorgeous!!! ) I love white kitchens too!!! Hope you feel better soon!

  4. My goodness, they're all so beautiful!

  5. Hope you are feeling better! I can't wait to see what you have done with your master. I have had it pinned to a redo board for my master for a long time now and just got the courage to paint the wall dark BM lead grey to be exact, with the main wall where the board and batten treatment. I want to do the whole room that color but am hesitant, so I am waiting to see what you do!

  6. Hope you feel better! Starting at beautiful kitchens should help... I love every single one of them!

  7. Lovely kitchen inspiration! I love a wooden floor in the kitchen... which is inconvenient when last year I got slate installed! I think a makeover of the kitchen units would really help me fall back in love though. :)

  8. I love the kitchens you posted! We are just finishing building a new house and move in next week. I did white kitchen cabinets, dark floors, a coffered ceiling with dark beams and used old brick for the backsplash. It adds so much texture! I absolutely love it!

  9. Want to come paint some rooms for me? There are no nail holes to fill ;)

  10. I am planning on a kitchen transformation as well and was planning on using chalk paint. Any suggestions/input on that? Thanks!!

  11. I love the idea of a white kitchen...but to be honest, I really can't even keep stains off of my white counter tops-much less a completely white kitchen!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  12. Ahh, backsplashes! I think they're the hardest decision to make. Especially if you're someone who likes change. We recently upgrades to quartz counters which cost an arm and 2/3 of my leg, so I had to go as neutral as I could since I know myself enough to know our cabinets will not be espresso colored for the rest of our life but the back splash? That's a whole different playing field. If you pick something with too much of a certain color or something too trendy you'll want something else in a few years. At this point I'm not sure if we will ever commit to a back splash EVER. so hard! Anyway, hope you feel better soon ♡

  13. Those Kitchens are gorgeous!! I love the white and wood contrast that's one of my favourites. Can't wait to see more progress in the kitchen!

    Hope you are feeling better

    Lauren Baxter | LB Designs

  14. I'm not at all surprised that I love love love all of your inspiration. Your style is perfection and I know your kitchen will be amazing. I'm knee-deep in kitchen planning right now (among other things) and all of these are beautiful starting places for us, too. We're going with white cabinetry, a contrasting island and wood floors. So keep that inspiration coming (and get better).


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