Over the past year, I’ve been obsessively planning our new kitchen, and despite my love of design, this has not been an easy process. As a House Beautiful devotee and someone who has drooled over kitchens for years, this should be a snap, right? But somehow, it’s been crazy hard to figure out what I want design-wise and then work that within our budget and layout constraints, which are substantial. It’s almost been easier to pinpoint what I don’t want the kitchen to be. Trendy. Country. Glam. Industrial farmhouse. Modern Farmhouse. Farmhouse anything.
None of these things are what I’m going for, least of all the dreaded trendy. I really don’t want to look at this kitchen in a couple years and realize I drank the design element Kool-Aid. Like I chose elements and finishes just because my brain saw them a million times on Instagram or Pinterest. There’s a lot of repetition and saturation out there. If I see another David Hicks pendant paired with brass articulating arm sconces, I may scream.
What I do want – Clean, Timeless, Elegant, Warm. And of course, all the kitchens I really love are Beyonce-level spenny.
Can’t you picture a chick in Converse frying mozzarella sticks in this kitchen?
Or a mom who fends off her kids’ repeated snack requests with a stone-face, “Nope. Beat it.”
That’s the classy broad this kitchen was made for – ME!
Let’s ignore the fact that most of these kitchens have gas ranges that cost as much a car….there’s a lot to learn and take away from these spaces.
Minimalist range hoods.
No upper cabinets.
We had planned to keep the stove where it is, on this wall.
But this weekend after doing some probing in the ceiling, we realized the floor joists above don’t run in the direction we thought (!!!), so in order to externally vent the hood….the stove has to move to this wall.
The radiator isn’t going anywhere so there will be around a 10″ gap between the end of the cabinets and the radiator….and I’ve made peace with that.
My plan is to keep it simple here – just the range hood, sconces flanking it and tile going up to the ceiling.
BUT the big question is…..should I do a white range hood or black?
I’m worried that black will be too trendy but I also like how it pops and creates a focal point on this wall.
In the right context, the black could be amazing, like this gorgeous kitchen by Katrina Porter.
What do you guys think? Can I pull off the black? Do I dare? It’s only paint after all, so I could change it down the line if it’s feeling too in your face and trendy. I’d love to hear your opinion!
More to come in another post about the lighting worm holes I’ve fallen down recently.