April 22, 2013 by Decorum DIYer
Happy Earth Day!
I hope that if you don’t already do something to make a difference everyday, that you use today to reflect on ways that you and your family can make small changes to help take care of our mother earth.
Today, I’m sharing with you a kitchen remodel. I am helping my friend, Jane. Yes, the very same Jane of Jane Maccubbin Photography, whom has been a wonderful photographer for our family. She is a great person and a joy to work with – no matter the project being decor, photography, or otherwise.
Here is Jane’s kitchen, as it looked last week:
The room’s current layout (with some tweaks added by the new cabinetry and carpentry):
Although the kitchen and breakfast area are remaining the same, as to layout, Jane is replacing her cabinets, adding in some addition cabinetry, and a knee wall (in lieu of the wood bannister) to make her kitchen function better. More storage is always a good thing!
(Great, now I hear Martha Steward in my head.)
As with any kitchen, before one starts the paint selections or decorating process, one must consider the room’s constants: cabinets, appliances, flooring, countertops, etc…. You know, all of the things that are not easily changed due to logistics and/or budget.
Jane has chosen a beautiful cabinet style and stain color:
She has also chosen a granite countertop similar to the one below:
Jane currently has hardwoods in a medium, golden tone, and to my knowledge, they are staying. However, you know how any remodel goes, one thing leads to another and a standard kitchen remodel turns into an entire first floor gut job. 😀
That said, Jane is adamant that her kitchen be painted a shade of green. She is like me, I work backwards. I fall in love with a color and find a way to work around it and make it work. I know, I know, one is supposed to pick out an inspiration piece and work from there, but hey, sometimes you need to go with your gut.
Jane loves Benjamin Moore’s ‘Camouflage’.
However, after a few test spots on her kitchen walls, she feels the color is too gray for her taste.
I will be helping Jane to choose a more green color, but in the meantime, here are my brain’s thoughts. I guess I am thinking out loud here. None of the following is set in stone (ha! granite joke), with exception of the aforementioned ‘constants’.
First, some backsplash ideas.
Each one has its own charm, but each in a different direction aesthetically and trend-wise.
And some colors to try for a start.
Here they are in my typical moodboard style to give you (and Jane) ideas where we could go with the kitchen….
Each one has an appeal in its own right. The backsplash is either trying to extend the color of countertop, extend the wall color, or combine all of the colors in the room.
Sorry I didn’t add in each suggested textile in the ‘room view’ moodboards. Honestly, it was just more work and I didn’t have the time. However, you can see in the grand scheme of things how each one could work.
So, which one is your favorite?
Do you see pros or cons to any particular suggestion?
As an aside, Jane removed her cabinets from her kitchen this past weekend. I am sure, in keeping with Earth Day, Jane will be reusing or donating the old cabinets (right, Jane?).
I’ll be coming to you with more moodboards of Jane’s kitchen as we narrow down the possibilities.
I’ll also be sharing some of my thoughts/suggestions for Jane’s adjoining living room, family room, and dining room.
Until next time…, happy decorating!