10 Beautiful Pictures That Will Make You Want to Reboot Your Kitchen

10 Beautiful Pictures That Will Make You Want to Reboot Your Kitchen

I've been putting it off for a while, but I think its time to refresh our kitchen, maybe this summer? Nothing too major, nothing structural, just a bit of an aesthetic update. It might be as straight-forward as a cabinet facelift, and rethinking the kitchen island situation. New paint color? Not sure yet. I think changing those two or three things could change the space dramatically, for the better. So, I'm starting to mull it over, and there are some considerations. Our kitchen has a cozy footprint, and dramatic high ceilings. The building is a historic Victorian built in the 1890s, which impacts what will work, and what won't. Like, no crazy terrazzo ;) Generally speaking, I'm thinking clean lines, but not cold. I like some of the fresh and trendy color-blocking and materials, but probably wouldn't commit to anything permanent - tile, counters, etc. I think we'd rather bring in those elements through easy elements like plates, planters, and paint. So! Some current inspiration:

1. Beautiful, distinctive marble island surrounded by white cabinets. Love this. Blakes London kitchen.

10 Beautiful Pictures That Will Make You Want to Reboot Your Kitchen

2. This Peter Ivens kitchen. I love the cutting board extending straight from the countertop, brilliant. Also, the contrasting natural materials, and the marble open shelving, really beautiful.

10 Beautiful Pictures That Will Make You Want to Reboot Your Kitchen

3. I love the flush cabinets, and the mix of open / closed shelving in this Mason St. Peter kitchen. Also, all the natural tones.

10 Beautiful Pictures That Will Make You Want to Reboot Your Kitchen

4. White on white on white with a kiss of metallic - featured on Design*Sponge. When you pull back you get an excellent pop of green as well.

10 Beautiful Pictures That Will Make You Want to Reboot Your Kitchen

10 Beautiful Pictures That Will Make You Want to Reboot Your Kitchen

5. I love the plush, color-pop elements of the SHUGGA bar stool and then the chairs in the Massimo Adario designed kitchen. In both cases, a bit of softness in the kitchen (which is often all about hard floors, hard counters, and hard angles)...

10 Beautiful Pictures That Will Make You Want to Reboot Your Kitchen

10 Beautiful Pictures That Will Make You Want to Reboot Your Kitchen

6. I love the idea of putting new fronts on our existing cabinets. Have a look at these shots featuring Custom Fronts. You can put their fronts on Ikea wardrobes, cabinets, and the like...

10 Beautiful Pictures That Will Make You Want to Reboot Your Kitchen

10 Beautiful Pictures That Will Make You Want to Reboot Your Kitchen

7. I love this Rose Uniacke designed kitchen from her Pimlico House restoration. The scale and layout of the space is very similar to our kitchen, with the same window and natural light. I like to refer to this photo because it helps me imagine our kitchen in a different way, even though the main elements are very similar.

10 Beautiful Pictures That Will Make You Want to Reboot Your Kitchen

I also spotted this version of the same space (pre-renovation?), minus the island - showing an alternative take on how the kitchen might feel minus the architectural element of the central island.

10 Beautiful Pictures That Will Make You Want to Reboot Your Kitchen

10 Beautiful Pictures That Will Make You Want to Reboot Your Kitchen

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I like the first kitchen - contemporary, but would acknowledge the age of your house with the herringbone flooring and the detail on those full length cupboards. The stone in the marble tones beautifully with the flooring. Fun project!

KateP

I think it would be helpful to see some pictures of your kitchen for comparison (I know we’ve seen snippets over the years), but that high ceilinged space helps a lot. Do you have similar historical details (like the window trim)? I do think refronting the cabinets is a good way to go if your boxes are in good shape, and I love the contrast of modern pieces in a traditional space. Honestly, I prefer the pre-reno version of that example space, and eat in kitchens are very on trend. On a more practical note, I have a built in end grain butcher block counter (black walnut) next to my range and it is wonderful. It didn’t cost that much either. Anxious to hear more about your project!

Amber

Much as I drool over the beautiful kitchens photographed, with one or two exceptions I feel it would be a bit like preparing food in an operating theatre - no equipment out, few if any colourful herbs and spices visible, no shelves covered in much loved crockery and utensils. I am a methodical and organised (tho' not a professional) cook, and would find it difficult to work in such sterile environments, but maybe that is a real chef's dream?

katie

Now I want to remodel! These are absolutely gorgeous. Can't wait to see what you decide on.

Neha

Heidi, I like the light of your kitchen a lot. The marble and subway tiles are a lovely combo. They make me wish for lighter counter tops now that my eyesight is less than perfect;p I'm sure you'll come up with some beautiful updates. Fun to see the shots of inspiration. Looking forward to seeing what comes. Good luck!

Deborah

HEIDI ~ bravo, thanks for sharing - love all of it. the clean lines, attention to space, that loft ceiling, stationary cutting board!!! - plus went off thinking of what a restaurant that you designed might look like....????

HS: That would be so much fun :)!

rick

Loved how our ‘minimally invasive’ kitchen makeover turned out and can highly recommend that approach. All we ended up doing was new cabinet door fronts with new handles + paint, and added new overhead storage, and it looked like a whole different space. Didn’t even touch the counter tops or backsplash.

Saucy7

We refronted ourcabinets - a wonderful local company refaced the entire box, new doors, some with glass and they replaced a few doors with deeps drawers for pots & pans. Love that! The stools in the photos don’t look too comfortable. We chose upholstered swivel stools with small arms from Ballard Designs- much easier to sit and relax especially when we have guests. Good luck the choices are mind Boggling!

Susan Iseman

I really like the table from the Massimo Adario's kitchen. Can someone tell me who is the designer or where I can find the same table?

Rosana

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