Our Kitchen Design Plan – Inspiration and Style

Now that you know the ins and outs of our new kitchen layout, let’s discuss the fun stuff…the kitchen design plan! It’s one thing to nail down the function of a space, but an entirely different beast to tackle the overall look and feel of a space. As with any design project, I love browsing Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration and I figured I would share some of the spaces I’ve referenced over and over while coming up with my own kitchen design plan.

From the start, I knew that I wanted the space to flow with the rest of our home. If you remember this blog post from last summer (long before we moved in!), I labeled my style as “organic modern.” Honestly, I think that label still works and I’m actually surprised that the photos I shared in that post really do mesh well with the look of our current home. (Take a look at the photo with the green curtains…it’s so similar to my current living room!)

Gathering Inspiration

Once I knew we were remodeling our kitchen this year, I started a Pinterest board and an Instagram folder to file away inspiration for our own kitchen. Whenever I was browsing on my phone, I would save any photos that inspired me! It didn’t necessarily mean that if I pinned a kitchen with wood cabinets that that’s what I wanted for my own kitchen. Instead, any kitchen that gave me good vibes or had an element of something I wanted in my own home was saved! Here are some of my favorites…

jean stoffer designs

Photo via Jean Stoffer Design

kitchen from studio mcgee

Photo via Studio McGee

Studio Mcgee kitchen tour

Photo via Studio McGee

Design inspiration via Amber Interiors

Photo via Amber Interiors

Our kitchen design plan inspiration

Photo via Amber Interiors

Kitchen inspiration

Photo via Highstreet Homes

Kitchen design plans and inspiration

Photo via Jenna Sue Design

Lots of gorgeous inspiration, right? These photos really helped me nail down the overall design vibes I wanted for our own kitchen space.

Claire’s Design Ideas

As I shared in this blog post, I worked with Claire from Centered by Design to figure out the new kitchen layout and draw up blueprints for the project. She also came up with these two mood boards with her ideas. Kitchen design plans from Centered by Design Kitchen design plans from Centered by Design

After analyzing my inspiration pictures and Claire’s ideas, I came up with my own gameplan for our kitchen.

Kitchen Design Plan – Mood Board

My new kitchen design plan

Farmhouse Sink // Polished Nickel Faucet // Pot Filler // Counter Stools // Aged Brass Pull // Aged Brass Knob // Colorful Rug // Light Fixture // Artwork  // KraftMaid Cabinet Colors “Bonsai” & “Cottage”

Cream Cabinets: We will have cream cabinets on the perimeter of the room, which includes the range area, fridge wall, dry bar, and the dining nook. The color is called “Cottage” by KraftMaid. It has a lot of warmth to it and almost reminds me of the paint color “Ballet White” that we have on our walls.

Sage Green Accent Colors: The island will incorporate the exact same cabinet color that we have in Rory’s nursery built-ins – the color “Bonsai” by KraftMaid. I love that beautiful green and I always think it’s important to repeat colors throughout a home to make it feel cohesive. Bonsai is the cabinet color for the island and for the beadboard that will be behind the Frame TV in our bar area.

Brass Hardware: I haven’t settled on the exact hardware just yet, but I’ll be using a combination of brass knobs and pulls throughout the kitchen. I’ll also be using brass light fixtures throughout the space. I am currently eyeing two of these for over the kitchen island.

Polished Nickel Fixtures: I always encourage mixing metals in a room, so we will use both brass and polished nickel in our kitchen. I’ll use polished nickel for the faucet and pot filler and we will also utilize brass hardware, along with our stainless steel appliances.

Farmhouse Sink: I’ll dive into the sink details next week, but I chose a large white farmhouse sink from Elkay!

Quartz Countertops: I love the look of marble, but I was too worried about staining and etching to put marble countertops in my own kitchen. We’ll go with white marble-looking quartz for our kitchen. They will be durable and look so good!

Countertop Backsplash: I’ve always loved the look of a countertop backsplash…where the stone goes all the way up the wall. We will be doing that here! I think it will make such a statement with our range hood.

Wood Tones: Wood adds so much warmth to a kitchen and I want to make sure I incorporate wood tones throughout. The butcher block on the island and the wood open shelving near the hood will both have tones that are similar to our large hutch in the kitchen.

Leather: I think I’ll be able to keep our kitchen counter stools and I’m happy because they’re great, and keeping them means one less thing to buy! I’m also planning to use a faux leather cushion for the bench in the dining nook.

What’s Next?

Next Tuesday, get ready to debate! We’ll be chatting all about the pros and cons of sinks with one basin versus two basins. I had no idea this topic would be so controversial until I brought it up on Instagram. Holy smokes, people are passionate about their sinks! I can’t wait to share some of my favorite sinks and my reasoning for the one I chose for our kitchen.


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